Community-21 is a series of vlogs exploring how groups have continued to serve communities in Northern Ireland. The project was funded by a media grant from the Community Relations Council.
2020 and 2021 have no doubt been difficult for everyone. In Northern Ireland we’ve seen lives lost, routines disrupted, families isolated and the world as we know it has been put ‘on pause’. While this is true, there have been many positive stories coming out of Northern Ireland’s community sector.
Michael Avila, Community 21, said: “Community groups across this country have banned together to support the statutory and health services over this period. Community organisations and charities have prepared food parcels and provided essentials to isolated and vulnerable people. Social enterprises have developed new, innovative ways to produce goods and provide services despite restrictions, risking their own health to ensure their communities are properly taken care of.”
These groups are now the subject of a new vlog series that explores their contribution to Northern Ireland Society.
Michae said: “Over this series you’ll hear from newfound friends across NI’s community spectrum that have continued to work in spite of these hardships, providing goods, services, advocacy and even a bit of craic to cheer members of their communities up over this time.”
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