Approximately 100 young people in Limavady will learn about other cultures and traditions in a new cross community project being funded by the Housing Executive.
The Something New Project will involve young people, aged from five to 16, from Roe Valley, Bovalley, The Glens and Coolessan estates.
The project 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, said a spokesperson.
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, welcomed the initiative.
Ms Campbell said the project would help Limavady’s young people become more aware of different communities.
“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,” she said.
“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.”
Housing Executive Services Manager for the area, Pamela Mullan, said the different groups would get the chance to learn from each other.
“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,” she said.