FCT 20110525-05 - IFI Building Foundations - Communities In Transition - Kat Healy CFNIPresentation Transcript
The Communities in Transition Programme Forum for Cities in Transition 25 th May 2011
The CIT Programme seeks to build relationships within and between people and communities, to promote local participation in community development and peacebuilding and to create community cohesion by offering opportunities and support that had not been previously available to the selected areas.
It recognises the particular difficulties facing communities experiencing weak community infrastructure and sees the process adopted by the Programme as an important step in redressing the imbalance created by the previous lack of investment in social capital, especially in areas that continue to experience the legacy of the conflict, alienation and/or marginalisation.
Addressing weak community infrastructure in areas of community tension requires long-term investment of time and, to a lesser extent, resources (not just financial resources). It requires face-to-face support and advice; it is not a process that can be managed from an office and is not one that can be resolved through a quick-fix injection of money to “balance the books” with other areas.
Supporting areas of weak community infrastructure and community tension involves a certain amount of risk taking. But, unless someone starts things moving, these communities will remain excluded and become further alienated at considerable social and economic costs to themselves and Northern Ireland.
Communities in Transition Local Project Areas
Crumlin (Co Antrim)
Harpur’s Hill (Coleraine)
Melmount estates (Strabane)
Newtowncunningham (Co Donegal)
Six small villages in rural north Cavan
Dromore (Co Down)
Queen Street and Avenue Road (Lurgan)
Doury Road (Ballymena)
To promote the establishment and development of community infrastructure in ten disadvantaged areas and to nurture and sustain the participation of those excluded or at risk of exclusion.
To develop the capacity of the selected communities and participants to engage in inclusive community organising.
To identify and address the issues of cultural, economic and political alienation of community groups within areas of weak community infrastructure that are experiencing community tensions.
To influence policy-making at local and regional levels in relation to areas of weak community infrastructure that are also experiencing community tensions.
To impact upon the current perceptions of a range of political parties and their representatives with regard to the potential of community action and development.
Lessons Learned: Key Principles
Development of Community Organisations
Power Relationships and Participation
Employment (23 local jobs created through CIT 1)
Additional Funding levied = £11.8million for CIT 1
Addressing the Legacy of the Conflict
Contact: Kat Healy Policy, Research and Evaluation Officer Tel: 0(044)2871 371547 Email: [email_address]