Good Relations challenges sectarianism, racism, celebrates our rich cultural diversity and tries to find ways for us all to be able to live, work and socialise together without fear or mistrust.
Ards and North Down Borough Council is committed to promoting equality and good relations for everyone in the Borough. Equality, inclusivity, and diversity are placed at the core of all of the Council’s services and actions, as it strives to work towards achieving a shared future for all.
The Council delivers the Good Relations Programme as part of the N.I. Executive Offices’ wider ‘Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC)’ Strategy. It is funded jointly by the Executive Office and the Council. The key aims of the programme are to improve relations between and within District Council areas and to support local solutions to local good relations issues.
The Good Relations Programme works towards building relationships and working with all communities across the Ards and North Down Borough area. The Good Relations Programme is based on the Together: Building a United Community Strategy.
An example of this can be seen in this short animation: Ards and North Down Good Relations: A Game of Three Halves - YouTube
The Good Relations Team at Ards and North Down Borough Council in collaboration with NEEP pictures have recently produced thought-provoking animated videos on Racism and Sectarianism, why these issues still exist and what we as communities can do to tackle them.
- Watch the Good Relations - Racism Animation - YouTube
- Watch the Good Relations - Sectarianism Animation - YouTube
Good Relations Week 2022
Good Relations Week 2022 takes place from Monday 19th to Sunday 25th September 2022. The theme for this year’s celebration is ‘‘Change Starts With Us’ as we focus on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals to highlight the political, social, economic, and environmental challenges we face as a region.
The Ards and North Down Good Relations team invites you to mark the week by joining them at the following events:
- Screening of Quo Vadis, Aida? A short film produced in conjunction with Remembering Srebrenica
The screening will be held at the Web Theatre, Newtownards on Wednesday 21 September 2022. Doors open 7pm, film starts at 7.30pm
- Remembering the Future: A Reflection on Northern Ireland and the Decade of Centenaries 1912-1922
An online event held via Zoom on Thursday 22 September 2022 at 7pm**
(**Update: Due to unforeseen circumstances this talk advertised previously with Dr Éamon Phoenix will now be presented by Dr Russell Rees.)
If interested in either of these events, please email email@example.com to register your place.
Shared Voices Programme - *Volunteer Opportunity*
We are currently recruiting volunteers for our Shared Voices programme. If you are a 1st or 2nd generation immigrant to Northern Ireland and would like to share your story please visit Be Collective (hosted by Volunteer Now) for more information on this great volunteering opportunity, You can learn more about the Shared Voices Programme below.
What is the Shared Voices Programme?
The Shared Voices programme was developed with the assistance of First and Second generation immigrant volunteers and is aimed primarily at raising awareness of the diversity within our society.
What is the aim of the Shared Voices programme?
The Shared Voices programme aims to assist Good Relations and work towards making the Ards and North Down Borough a shared and safe place for all.
Listen to local volunteer Maela talking about why she volunteers for the Shared Voices programme: GR Shared Voices Volunteer Maela - YouTube
Who is the programme for?
The programme is aimed primarily at young people from P5 upwards, primarily in a school environment during 30 minute periods but can be adapted to be delivered within a community setting to smaller groups and to different age groups. Times can be adjusted to what is available.