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OFMDFM launch summer camps pilot programme

Published: Fri, 17 Apr 2015
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The First Minister and deputy First Minister have announced a pilot programme of 100 Summer Camps
Northern Ireland Assembly
First Minister Peter Robinson and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness have launched a pilot programme of 100 Summer Camps for young people.
Beginning this Summer, the Programme will provide a range of opportunities for post primary children to come together for academic and leisure purposes, delivered on a cross-community basis. This is one of the Headline Actions of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy published in May 2013.
The First Minister Peter Robinson said: “Together: Building a United Community is the Northern Ireland Executive’s roadmap for improving good relations with four key priorities of our children and young people, our shared community, our safe community and, our cultural expression.
“We want to build a society which is based on fairness and opportunity for everyone. Our young people are key players not just in the present but in the future and we are determined to create opportunities for them to contribute to a shared and cohesive society.
“We have identified seven headline actions, one of which is the pilot programme of 100 Summer Camps in 2015, with the ultimate aim of building positive relationships across divided parts of our community.
“This programme is about bringing people together in an enjoyable environment to play, learn and build relationships whilst tackling misperceptions and making new friends. I have no doubt that this is an important step in helping create a better society in which to live, work and socialise.”
The deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said: “Over the past decade our society has transformed and we have witnessed changes many people thought impossible. With stable political structures we can now work together to shape a society which will provide a solid foundation for peace and prosperity for all.
“As we enter the next phase of our peace process we must ensure our young people are not just included but empowered. Tackling sectarianism, racism and other forms of intolerance and working on a practical level with our young people and the local community will make a real difference and make significant inroads into addressing division, hate and separation.
“Together we can build a society where equality of opportunity, the desirability of good relations and reconciliation are something that unite us rather than divide. Through these 100 summer camps our young people will be inspired and the sectarianism and segregation that has divided and held back our community and citizens will be eradicated forever.
“I encourage providers from registered youth organisations, voluntary and community organisations, churches, sports groups, arts groups, schools, regional organisations and Councils to consider applying to deliver these summer camps which will take place across the north.”
Applications for funding to deliver a Summer Camp are now open. Interested organisations should apply to the Education Authority, who are working in partnership with OFMDFM to deliver this programme.
Further information can be found in the Guidance Notes and Application Form, which can be downloaded via the OFMDFM website.
Hard copies can be requested by e-mailing: policy.unitedcomunity@ofmdfmni.gov.uk, or by calling 028 9052 3182.
Applications will close at 3pm on 8 May 2015.