Protestant participation under spotlight

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Workshops are to take place across the North West this month to highlight the findings of a recent research project looking at what support is needed to encourage Protestant participation and inclusion across the region.

The NW PEACE III Partnership commissioned the ‘Ways Forward to Support Protestant Participation and Inclusion in the North West’ research under its Phase I Action Plan Strategic Priority 4 - Assisting Protestant Participation, which aims to encourage the participation of the Protestant community by tackling marginalisation, sectarianism and racism.

This project is supported by the NW PEACE III Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the NW PEACE III Cluster.

This research tried to understand the current status of Protestant community participation and inclusion.

It was undertaken between February and May 2011 across the North West PEACE III areas of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council areas and included a review of relevant research, one-to-one surveys, focus groups and consultation with key stakeholders.

William Lamrock, member of the North West PEACE III Partnership and Manager of the Gateway to Protestant Participation project, said: “This report shows a growth of confidence within the Protestant community and is a very positive step change as a more engaged and confident Protestant community is beneficial to our society in the North West.

‘Built upon’

“This confidence needs to be built upon in order to create a shared and diverse community in the North West.”

The workshops will highlight the findings of the research, in relation to community diversity and infrastructure, as well as the current initiatives that are underway which are helping to connect and develop groups.

They workshops will take place on the following dates at these venues: July 19 at 7.30pm in St Johnston Orange Hall; July 20 at 7.30pm in Killycurragh Community Hall, Omagh; and July 21 at 7.30pm in Strabane District Council Offices.

Copies of the Executive Summary Report are available by contacting the North West PEACE III Partnership offices located at Derry City Council Offices, 98 Strand Road, Derry or by contacting paul.mcphillips@derrycity.gov.uk, tel: 028 7130 8466.