Equity Diversity Interdependence
Promoting a Peaceful and Fair
Society based on Reconciliation
and Mutual Trust.
Support local people in building a shared, inclusive and peaceful society where there is co-operation and respect for diversity;
The programme's objectives include:
The Programme is overseen by a Policy Development Committee. The Committee's roles and responsibilities are to:
The Policy & Communications Committee's membership:
Council members: Tony McCusker, Jonny Byrne (Chair) ,Billy Gamble, Leon Litvack, Katie Hanlon, Robin Morton, Silvia Gordon, Hazel Francey,Hassan Mansour Communications Sub Committee: Jim Deery Robin Morton (Chair) Leon Litvack Katie Hanlon, Tony Kennedy
Co-opted group members: as and when required.
Ms Dympna McGlade, Director
Gemma Attwood, Policy Development Officer
Bebhinn McKinley, Policy Officer
Grace Hamilton, Administrative Officer
The Programme is responsible for a number of areas of work.
Recent and planned activities within each of these areas of work are
Fields, flags and future sharing: an overview of the rural perspectives of community relations
In November 2007, the Rural Community Network (RCN), approached the Community Relations Council (CRC) to co-commission a number of papers based on a strategic review of a rural perspective of community relations issues.
Desk and field research, a series of round-table discussions and seminars with key stakeholders in February 2008 were used to ascertain views from the rural community, practitioners and service deliverers. A number of the themes under consideration had been explored the previous year in a research project using a similar methodology and those papers, framed within the context of the Government’s strategy to promote good relations in Northern Ireland A Shared Future (ASF), were presented at a CRC conference ‘Sharing over Separation’ in April 2006 and subsequently published.
The Policy & Development Programme also respond to consultations, to view responses click here
The Programme was actively involved in facilitating responses from organisations, groups and individuals on 'A Shared Future - a consultation paper in improving relations in Northern Ireland' (January 2003). The consultation period ended on 30th September 2003. The Council's own response was published in August 2003. Copies are available on request from the Council's offices at 6 Murray Street, Belfast, BT1 6DN Telephone 028 9022 7500
“Expressing Identity- Addressing Division” - 20th May, 2013, Everglades Hotel, Derry - Londonderry
This year’s Community Relations Council’s annual Policy Conference will harness the energy of Derry/Londonderry’s City of Culture celebrations to examine cultural identity issues in a society that is still dealing with the legacy of the past. For further information click here
At the CRC Policy Conference 'Sharing over Separation' on 27th April 2012 recommendations
were presented - these are available in pdf format by clicking on the above link.
Transformation to a Shared Society Conference was held on 1st May 2007, click here to access the conference report.
The Business of Peace - Working for a better future: Community Relations, Stability and the Economy Conference held on 30th April, 2009 in Corr's Corner, Newtownabbey. Click here to download the conference report.
Breaking Barriers Through Youth Work - Conference held on Tuesday 27th April 2010, W5, Odyssey.
Click here to download the full conference report.
Click here to download the Executive summary.
Shared Housing Seminar held on Wednesday 9 March 2011, Farset International, Belfast
Click here to download the report
Reconciling the Books: The Case for Sharing CRC conference 2011 video footage http://www.youtube.com/user/CRCNI
Presentation by the first key note speaker, Mark Magill of Oxford Economics, at May’s CRC Policy Conference. Click here
Council considered the Race Equality strategy consultation document and submitted a detailed response to it. This was prepared in tandem with Council's response to the 'A Shared Future' consultation paper. It is Council's view that policies emanating from each of these consultations must take full account of the other. Council is determined to play an active and energetic role as a member of the Race Forum to ensure that the agreed race equality strategy delivers positive benefits to all Northern Ireland's minority ethnic citizens.
Other policy work
The Programme is also developing options for Council policies on flags and emblems, language and identity, the Neighbourhood Renewal Strategy and Council's role with ex-prisoners' groups and loyalist paramilitaries.
The 'Good Relations' duty
Programme staff prepared a CRC's Good Relations Framework. The Framework document is an approach to the implementation of Statutory Duty 2 from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998. Section 75(2) requires public authorities in carrying out their functions to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations.
Programme staff are available to advise and facilitate - using approved, trained consultants - the promotion of good relations in public authorities, the community/voluntary sectors and in other organisations.
Partnership with North Belfast Community Action Group
Council are working in partnership with the North Belfast Community Action Unit to develop and deliver a community relations strategy for North Belfast.
In the interests of transparency Hazelwood Community Partnership have asked that their Terms of Reference and Committee Minutes are posted on our web page to view these CLICK HERE.
Statement of Commitment to Good Relations
During Community Relations Week in May 2007 12 voluntary and community groups agreed to participate in a half-day session to develop a Statement of Commitment to Good Relations unique to their organisation. The session was supported by the Community Relations Council (CRC), Omagh District Council and Omagh Local Strategy Partnership. It was facilitated by Rubicon Consulting.
To view the Statement click here.