‘It has definitely helped community relations’

TJ Varley.
TJ Varley.

The ‘Journal’ spoke with some of the participants about their experience taking part in the Roe Valley Peace Impact Project.

TJ Varley from Coolessan Walk, Limavady, is 17 and, through the project, he gained qualifications in youth work.

Barry Carson

Barry Carson

“It has opened my eyes being able to work with different people and different age groups, ethnicities and religions, and helped me become a more tolerant people. It has given me a better understanding in general. I volunteer now as a peer leader with the Community Association and I hope I can pass on what I have learned”

Barry Carson, lives in Bovalley, and said he “enjoyed everything about the project, meeting new people from both sides of the community and now I’m more involved in the community, doing voluntary work”.

Kirsty Simm, from Bovalley gained qualifications and loved meeting new people .

“I got to socialise with people I didn’t have the opportunity to before. It has been brilliant and to know it was there and what it made you realise what you can do. I woud recommend it to anyone, especially people who don’t go out much,” said Kirsty.

Kirsty Simm.

Kirsty Simm.

Joseph McDonald, 27, from Roe Valley “really enjoyed it”.

“I met new people I didn’t know before. It allowed us to mix more with people from other areas. It was a great experience,” said Joseph. “It brings children, and adults together and they’ve become more socially involved, which can only be a good thing. it has definitely helped community relations in the four areas.”

Joseph McDonald

Joseph McDonald