Prison to Peace - Building on Experience Partnership
Over the years various groupings of political ex-prisoners had come together within the IRA; UVF; UDA; INLA and the Official IRA constituencies.
They worked to help political ex-prisoners re-establish their lives and relationships within local communities and to highlight difficult issues faced by political ex-prisoners and their families.
Emergence of Prison to Peace
The Prison to Peace Partnership consortium emerged as a result of a long established working relationship, built between the range of politically motivated ex-prisoner groups and the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland.
Since 1994, the Foundation worked in a funding and support role with these groups, acting as intermediary funding body under the EU Special Support Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (1995-1999), as well as under the EU PEACE 11 and the EU PEACE 11 Extension programmes.
Submitting a successful application to the EU PEACE 111 Programme, this allowed work to be undertaken over the period 2009-2012.
The investment focuses on three collective themes:
(i) Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding
(ii) Work around Youth Development and Citizenship
(iii) A focus on Social Change and the nature of current challenges at community level.
The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland is delighted to be given this opportunity to contribute to ongoing peace building and conflict transformation through its administration of the From Prison to Peace Partnership.
An Eochair - Representing former Official IRA prisoners
Charter NI, Charter Regional, West Belfast Prisoners in Partnership, the Lisburn Prisoner's Support Project and the North Belfast Community Development and Transition Group, Belfast South Community Resources - Representing former UDA prisoners
Coiste na n-Iarchimí - Representing former Provisional IRA prisoners
Ex-Prisoners Interpretive Centre North Ulster (EPIC) and The Hubb - Representing former UVF prisoners
Teach na Failte - Representing former INLA/IRSP prisoners
STEPS - From Prison to Peace is the magazine of the From Parison to Peace Partnership.Produced by the Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and the partner groups, the fourth edition of the magazine has now been published, carrying news and stories from the member gropus of the Partnership, outlining their activities in building a better and more stable Northern Ireland.
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