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Something New in Limavady

Published: Fri, 6 Nov 2015
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Children from Limavady at the launch of a new cross community project, 'Something New.'
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Around 100 young people in Limavady will learn about other cultures and traditions in a new cross community project being funded by us.
The Something New Project will involve young people, aged 5-16, from Roe Valley, Bovalley, The Glens and Coolessan estates. It will focus specifically on breaking down barriers and building positive relationships between residents living within neighbouring estates.
The Something New Project will run a series of good relations workshops and culture and dance workshops over the next four months, culminating in a celebration event showcasing the cultural diversity of the participants.
There are four groups involved in the programme; Roe Valley Residents Association, Glens Community Association, Coolessan Community Association and Bovalley Community Association.
Karen Campbell, Project Co-ordinator at Roe Valley, said:
“Young people participating in this programme will focus on learning more about traditions from ethnic minorities while also working and learning alongside others from different religious faiths.
“The project will strive to build positive relationships between existing communities as well as broadening minds to have a more inclusive Limavady for all communities.”
Among the attendees were (Centre left to right) our Good Relations Officer, Eddie Breslin,our Services Manager for the area, Pamela Mullan, Mayor Michelle Knight McQuillan and Cathy O’Kane (far right second row) from Roe Valley Residents Association.
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Our Services Manager for the area, Pamela Mullan, said:
“The Housing Executive aims to develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion or race, in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all.
“People in each of the four estates have different cultures, traditions and beliefs. This project will engage the young people, volunteers and communities in being able to obtain a better appreciation for the wide variety of cultures and traditions that exist in Limavady and across Northern Ireland.”
Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council, Michelle Knight-McQuillan said:
“The Council encourages its residents to learn about other cultures and traditions, therefore I’m pleased to support the ‘Something New Project’. This project supports Council’s vision of continually promoting good relations throughout our borough.
“The work the project has achieved to date in promoting positive citizenship and relationship building is thanks to the Housing Executive who funded the ‘Something New Project’.”