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Shared Communities

Updated: 18 Dec 2018
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The surveys are developed in consultation with each community
Shared Communities
Our Shared Communities Programme aims to develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion, race or nationality in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all, and threatening to no-one. Central to the programme for each area selected is a survey conducted by our Research Unit. Survey reports undertaken so far are listed below.
Whilst surveys are developed in consultation with each community all aim to:
  • measure residents’ satisfaction with local services and facilities;
  • identify activities or services that could be provided at a local community level;
  • assess attitudes to community relations and community safety in the area; and
  • identify areas of work needed in order to develop and implement a good relations plan.
You can download the completed surveys for the following areas:

Forthspring Inter Community Group - Towards a Shared Neighbourhood

This report provides findings from a discrete piece of research commissioned by the NIHE inNovember 2009.
The focus of this community survey is the interface situated on the borderline between the two communities of the predominately Catholic Springfield Road and the predominately Protestant Woodvale Road in Belfast. This survey was integral to the partnership between Forthspring Inter Community Group and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive’s Shared Neighbourhood Programme.

Mapping Segregation

The availability of a new Northern Ireland Census Grid Square product in 2007 meant that it was possible, for the first time, to analyse residential segregation – and its changes through time – in individual housing estates.  The Housing Executive therefore commissioned researchers from Queen’s University (which developed the Grid Square tool) to analyse patterns of segregation based primarily on the 2001 Census.  The research team produced two reports, one for estates in Belfast and one for those estates outside Belfast that were of sufficient size to allow analysis.  The more recent, 2011-based research again used the grid square tool to identify trends and general patterns based on changes between the 2001 Census and the 2011 Census, with findings presented separately for Belfast and estates outside Belfast.
You can download the following reports:

Migrant workers - Dungannon case study

There has been no comprehensive study of the effect of the rapid increase in the number of migrant workers on Northern Ireland’s housing market. This research goes some way to address this issue. Using Dungannon as a case study, it examines the impact that migrant workers have had on the local housing market, provides an insight into their current housing circumstances and gives a preliminary indication of their future housing needs.

Loughview Estate - A Shared Future (Published August 2013)

This report examines the transfer of former Ministry of Defence (MoD) housing to civilian use through a case study of the Loughview Estate, in Ballykelly, Co Londonderry.