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Programmes

Intercomm objectives have informed the design and delivery of a diverse range of programmes designed to build a shared future.

Our most significant achievement is to demonstrate a way of working that is generous and affirmative. It is within this productive working practice that INTERCOMM has shown that change is possible. Significantly this working practice is still defined by the vision, values and groundrules as established in the initial tentative conversations led by Liam Maskey and Billy Mitchell in 1995.

INTERCOMM currently delivers a diverse portfolio of programmes and learning in conflict resolution. This work is supported by the NI Community Relations Council, Special European Programmes Body, OFMDFM and the Atlantic Philanthropies.

The 2028 Peace Building Programme

The 2028 Peace Building Programme is a strategic peace building intervention that seeks to develop local capacity to shape a new context for co-operation and collaboration. This is achieved by:

  • Empowering local community leaders to creatively engage in decision making processes that affect their everyday life;
  • Connecting local experience to the wider political and democratic processes through skills development and sustained mentoring;
  • Promoting peace building skills development as a means of community empowerment;
  • Developing common approaches to socially divisive issues;
  • Facilitating meaningful engagements between local communities, government departments, statutory bodies and academia.
The Future Generations Programme

The Future Generations programme (which builds on the previously EU supported Communities and Policing in Transition Programme) is a PEACE III funded programme designed to provide a strategic focus for collaboration between the policing services on the island of Ireland, communities and key social partners to include: The Irish Congress of Trade Unions and the Tyrone Donegal Partnership.

The objectives of Future Generations are:

  • To devise a model for reconciliation and transition in relationships between policing and communities;
  • To develop a new knowledge base to enhance operational requirements for relationship building between policing and communities;
  • To improve trust and tolerance between participants from culturally and political diverse backgrounds;
  • To enhance interaction and engagement between the PSNI and Garda Siochana;
  • To develop effective and efficient community/policing models;
  • To strengthen cross border relationships between communities and the police.
Duncairn Community Partnership

INTERCOMM is a joint partner with GROUNDWORK (NI) in the promotion and implementation of the Duncairn Community Partnership. This IFI funded programme was designed to facilitate the engagement of local communities in interface and barrier removal and teh creation and development of an integrated and innovative approach to public services delivery in a society emerging from protracted conflict. This project brings together lead partner strategists and civic society leaders to facilitate the problem solving of the attitudinal and behavioural barriers that currently block efficient public service delivery in a society engaging with the challenges of creating an agreed vision for a shared future.

INTERCOMM Internship Programme

INTERCOMM Internship Programme is designed for undergraduates, graduates and law students to develop their practical skills in areas of:

  • Intercommunity Peace Building and Reconciliation;
  • Economic Regeneration and Employment Training;
  • Women’s Enterprise and Vocational Education;
  • Housing Reconstruction and Rehabilitation;
  • Intercommunity Political Development.
INTERCOMM Community Employment Programme

INTERCOMM Community Employment Programme delivered a portfolio of employment opportunities under the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) sponsored New Deal and Step Ahead programmes. These include individual back to work options, personal development and employability mentoring;

The Journey’s Out Programme

The Journey’s Out programme was a PEACE III programme jointly promoted by INCORE, INTERCOMM and the Peace and Reconciliation Group (Derry). The programme is:

 

  • Engaging a new generation of community leaders in the debate about dealing with the past;
  • Empowering these community leaders journey from conflict to participation;
  • (Building the capacity of community leaders to mentor and train their peers in relation to local and international approaches to dealing with the past.

 

Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium (BCRC)

INTERCOMM, with EPIC, CHARTER NI and Falls Community Council is a strategic partner of the Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium (BCRC) which is a citywide cross-community partnership working to assist conflict transformation at Belfast’s interfaces. The current phase of the project is supported by the Peace III Programme, managed for the Special EU Programmes Body by the Community Relations Council/Border Action Consortium. The conception of the project was informed by INTERCOMM’s peace building methodology and now builds upon the successful pilot that was delivered April 2007-June 2009, supported under the Peace II funding stream. BCRC has two key objectives:

  • To provide an integrated response to tensions at citywide interfaces and to prevent outbreaks of violence through fostering and expanding cross-community strategic alliances;
  • To enhance within interface communities conflict resolution skills, local leadership capacity, democratic involvement, and reconciliation efforts and to share future work on the legacy of the conflict and social problems faced by these working class communities
The 2028 Peace Building Programme

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