Creating Space for Learning and Sharing Project
Creating Space for Learning and Sharing Project is a 3 year, local Peace Building Initiative involving 30 community groups from both Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of the Republic of Ireland.
The Project follows a successful 18 month Pilot Project which involved 12 communities from the Northwest and cross border region.
Both Projects have been funded by IFI Community Bridges Programme and by CFNI.
Creating Space for Learning
CSLSP encourages community groups to identify local Peace Building issues and to design responses to these needs through the creation of localized Peace Building Action Plans.
CSLSP supports this process by working in partnership with local groups and by providing mentoring, technical and funding support to enable groups to work directly on the issues faced locally on a day to day basis.
Many communities think that peacebuilding work is too difficult, sensitive or potentially divisive for them to tackle but often that is not the case and the rewards that it can bring have the potential to make a really positive difference to local understanding and the building of good relations.
This Project provides the support necessary to enable you to undertake peacebuilding work safely and at a pace that suits the whole community.
Creating Space for Sharing
Throughout the 3 year period of the Project, CSLSP will organize Networking events to bring participant Groups together to hear from each other and to share experiences of local peacebuilding activity.
These events create new Support Networks, Partnerships and expose participating Groups to new and exciting Models and Projects ongoing in other local communities.
The CSLSP Model
CSLSP provides a range of resources to participating organizations including:
- Mentoring Support
- Technical Assistance
- Funding for Peace Building Activities
- Networking and Clustering Events
- Training and Information
CSLSP Model in Practice
Participating Community groups engage locally in a process to identify Peace Building issues, areas of concern and needs. This is supported by appropriate skilled Mentors who are selected by the programme in consultation with the group.
Groups then agree a Peace Building Action Plan. CSLSP provides funding and technical assistance which enables various visits, activities and actions in support of their action plan to be undertaken.
CSLSP also organises Networking events so that experiences and learning can be shared. These events will bring together participating Communities who work in close proximity to each other as well as occasionally bringing together all of the participating Groups.
Through technical and other additional support, CSLSP encourages the sustainability of local Peace Building activity through engaging support from other funders, organisations, activities, networks and programmes.
CSLSP will monitor and evaluate progress and capacity building throughout the Project and record learning and methodologies to share with other communities.
CSLSP has funding capacity to work with 30 local participant groups in this 2nd Phase of the project. While these community groups have already been recruited, CSLSP can provide technical support, advice and information to other communities and organizations that express an interest in this type of work.
CSLSP 2 Participant Group List
ADOPT Pettigo, Co. Donegal
Bushmills Residents & Environmental Forum, Co. Antrim
Carnlough Community Association, Co. Antrim
Carson Project, Ballymena, Co. Antrim
Castle Community Association, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
CAW 2000, Waterside, Londonderry
Clones Family Resource Centre, Co. Monaghan
Community Restorative Justice (North West), Derry
Derg Valley Care, Castlederg, Co. Tyrone
Dervock District Community Association, Co. Antrim
Douglas Bridge Cross Community Association, Co. Tyrone
Dunloy Development Association, Co. Antrim
East Donegal Ulster Scots, Co. Donegal
Glebeside Community Association, Ballymoney, Co. Antrim
Irish Street Youth & Community Association, Waterside Londonderry
Kesh Development Association Community Trust, Co. Fermanagh
Kiltyclogher Community Council, Co. Leitrim
Leafair Community Association, Derry
Lettershandoney District Development Group, Derry
Lincoln Courts Community Association, Waterside Londonderry
Macosquin Village Community Association, Co. Londonderry
Maydown Community Association, Derry Londonderry
Newtowncunningham Community Development Initiative, Co. Donegal
Pat Finucane Centre, Derry
Rasharkin Community Association, Co. Antrim
Rossinver Community Development Company Ltd, Co. Leitrim
St. Eithne’s Park Resident’s Association, Derry
Teach Na Daoine, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan
Teach Na Failte, Derry
Villages Together, Co. Tyrone
A new publication with Case Studies and the Mid-Term Evaluation of CSLSP is available here.
For more information please contact:-
CSLSP Development Officer
Community Foundation for Northern Ireland
Unit 4B, Ráth Mór Centre,
Blighs Lane, Creggan,
Other contact points:
Elaine Canavan, Office Manager
Monina O’Prey, Programmes Manager
NI Tel:- 02871 371 547 ROI Tel:- 048 71 371 547
NI Fax – 02871 371565 ROI Fax:-048 71 371 565