Promoting reconciliation

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Engaging communities and promoting reconciliation will be the central planks of this year’s programme of events for Community Relations and Cultural Awareness Week in Derry.

The week kicks off tomorrow (Monday) and runs until October 4th. The theme for this year’s programme is ‘One Place, Many People’.

Events organised include an Introduction to Mediation Training tomorrow, from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm at the Shared Future Centre.

There will also be a full day Peacebuilders workshop at the Council Offices, Strabane, on Tuesday, 29 September from 9.30 am to 4.30pm and a morning workshop looking at Dealing with the Past, on Wednesday, 30 September between 9.30 am and 1.30pm.

To register for any of the above, contact Jackie.parkington@derrystrabane.com tel: 71253253 ext 8223.

The Everglades Hotel will host an event for groups interested in finding out about Council’s Good Relations and funding opportunities, entitled Celebrating our Difference on Monday, 28 September from 10 am to 1pm. To register contact karen.tracey@derrystrabane.com tel:71253253 ext 4296.

An informal conference called Hot Potatoes, focusing on issues such as policing, refugees and the NI Assembly etc, will take place at the Maldron Hotel on Wednesday, 30 September from 10 am to 2pm while the Run to Crum, a free bus trip and tour of Crumlin Road Gaol and Belfast interfaces will be held on Friday, October 2nd.

To register in advance by contacting karen.tracey@derrystrabane.com or telephone:71253253 ext 4296.

The Social Enterprise Centre in the Diamond will host an event on Friday, October 2nd at 10.00 am that will look at how residents in the Bogside, Bishop Street andFountain area are working together to improve community relations in interface areas.

The event will include a walking tour of the Heritage Tower, Colmcille Centre and lunch at the Gasyard. To register to take part contact Niamh.scullion@derrystrabane.com telephone: 71253253 ext 8225.