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Co-operation Ireland November 2017 Update
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Building Capacity in Communities in Transition 
Co-operation Ireland in partnership with the Mitchel Institute (QUB), INCORE (Ulster University) and the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) are delivering the Building Capacity in Communities in Transition project.
It is phase one of a two-phase programme aimed at supporting The Executive Office to deliver action B4 of the Executive Action Plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime. The handbook giving details on the project and how to get involved was launched this month. It can be downloaded from here.
Entwined Histories 8 Showcase 
The showcase marking the completion of the Entwined Histories 8 project took place in Riddel Hall, Belfast. Students from four schools - Wallace High School, Ashfield Girls, Blessed Trinity College and Lagan College, participated in this year’s programme which examined The Role of Women in the period 1912-22.  With the help of the Nerve Centre and facilitators from QUB, the pupils produced four short films, each one depicting a period in time of four different women. Before they were shown, the pupils explained who the women were and how the circumstances at the time changed their lives.
Amazing the Space 
Working hard at the Amazing the Youth residential

As part of its series of regional programmes encouraging young people from across Northern Ireland to ‘live out their Peace Pledges', the Amazing the Space programme team held a youth leadership residential at St Columb’s Park House during November.
At the residential weekend, which was facilitated by Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Derry and Strabane District Council (DCSDC), young people from the council area were supported to take a lead in designing a local youth council to ensure the voices of young people are heard at a council level. The Mayor of DCSDC Cllr Maoloísa McHugh attended part of the residential and this allowed the group to discuss their ideas for a youth council and seek his advice on how to best ensure their voices are heard.
 
Over the coming months these young people will continue to work with DCSDC to ensure that the issues young people are concerned about are heard and listened to. Their next steps are to make a presentation in Strabane to recruit more young people to the project and develop a model for a youth council. 
Together Apart 
Co-operation Ireland has been continuing its Brexit series for young people primarily around Northern Ireland. During November two more workshops were held – one in Strabane and the other in Lisburn. These give young people an opportunity to understand more about the Brexit implications and allow them to voice their opinions. Further workshops are planned in Derry/Londonderry and Cork in the coming weeks. A plenary event for all the groups involved will be held in January, bringing participants together to share their views and work together on their ideas for the future post-Brexit. The young people will then have an opportunity to discuss their concerns and ideas with politicians and policymakers at a final event at Stormont in February.
LEGaSI Residential 
The LEGaSI programme held a residential for programme participants during the month. There were presentations from the Task Force, the National Crime Agency and the media. Each presentation was followed by a discussion session, which allowed the participants to ask questions and probe the speakers about their work.
 
In the media session, two of the participants made a presentation outlining issues around media coverage of their community. Dr John Coulter, a seasoned journalist and lecturer in journalism critiqued their presentation and provided thought provoking ideas and insights for the group as they progress through the programme. 
Cork-Belfast Youth Leadership Exchange 
The Cork-Belfast autumn exchange took place during the month. Approximately 50 young people from the two cities travelled to Ardnabannon Co. Down and participated in a wide range of workshops and activities, which promote dialogue, engagement and leadership. The young people, who come from areas deemed disadvantaged, had the opportunity to 
visit some of Belfast cultural sites and this allowed for extended discussions on identity and culture. One of the highlights of the weekend was the Peace Players workshop. Using a variety of sports as the medium, they were encouraged to see sport as the means to tackle prejudices of any kind.

The exchange is funded by the Rory McDonagh Trust and we were delighted that Brendan and Kenane McDonagh came along to see the impact their support is having on the lives of the young participants.
Co-operation Ireland to deliver training to Nigerian delegation   
In February 2018, Co-operation Ireland in partnership with Global Peace Foundation are hosting a 4 day forum in Belfast for delegates from the Kaduna state in northern Nigeria.  For many years there has been periodic religious violence between Muslims and Christians in the region, but recently a tenuous ceasefire has been agreed. 
 
The forum will include training for two days, delivered by Co-operation Ireland, followed by an international forum/seminar looking at issues involved in the conflict and the lessons learnt as a result of the work of Co-operation Ireland. Further information on the Global Peace Foundation's work in Nigeria can be found here.
Co-operation Ireland awarded Heritage Lottery Funding
Co-operation Ireland has received £43,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for the Inform, Transform and Re-imagine youth project based in Lisburn. Led by Co-operation Ireland and Resurgam Community Development Trust, the project aims to bring together young people from the local community in Halftown Lisburn, to learn about the history and heritage of the Maze Long Kesh site. Read more …
Co-operation Ireland events in the UK
Chairman Dr. Christopher Moran with DUP Leader Arlene Foster MLA and Sinn Fein Leader Michelle O'Neill MLA at the 2017 Chairman's Dinner

Co-operation Ireland held two events in London during the month. On 2 November, the 30th annual gala ball took place at The Dorchester. Special guest Cerys Matthews performed a number of songs and a number of celebrities sent messages of support. You can read a review of the event on our website.
At the end of the month the 2017 Chairman’s dinner took place at The Dorchester. Co-operation Ireland Chairman Dr. Christopher Moran was joined by the leaders of the two largest parties in Northern Ireland - Arlene Foster and Michelle O’Neill - who both spoke positively about the need for reconciliation and compromise. The Irish Ambassador to the UK, Adrian O’Neill also addressed the guests at the prestigious event.
 
Our sincere thanks to everyone who supported and attended both events.
1 February 2018
City of London Dinner
19 April 2018
2018 Legal Dinner
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