Mayor of Derry, Councillor Brenda Stevenson officially opened the new premises of the Holywell Trust in Bishop Street yesterday.
Holywell Trust was formed in the late summer of 1988. Its formation came from the perceived need for an organisation which would encourage risk taking and stimulate creativity in the work of community development and Community Development & Peace Building in the North West.
Holywell’s main areas of concern have been in encouraging healthy working relationships, both personal and cross-community, in facilitating community development & peace building work, in developing public campaigns, in commenting on and researching environmental issues in promoting community arts projects, supporting cross-border, adult education, organising and facilitating experiental group work and delivering community development support to projects in the North West.
Holywell Trust in its twentieth year of operations gained Charitable Status in April 2008.
The organisation has been at the forefront of fostering community relations in the city for two decades and have completed a raft of projects including shared history programmes illustrating that both communities have a lot more in common than perceptions allow.
One such project, ‘The Diamond War Memorial Project’ commenced back in 2007 and researched the 756 names on the city’s cenotaph.
In the process it was discovered that almost 50 per cent of those names hailed from a nationalist background-a figure which would have previously astounded many.