New PEACEPLUS Funding Programme – Information Sessions
PEACEPLUS is a new funding programme from the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) designed to support peace and prosperity across Northern Ireland and the border counties.
The Programme has six themes, under which the European Commission will provide funds of €1.1 billion to the Northern Ireland and Border Counties of Ireland. Alongside 16 local authorities in Northern Ireland and the border counties, Sligo County Council has been awarded indicative funding of €3.604 million to develop and implement a Co-designed Local Community Peace Action Plan. This funding will be managed by the Sligo PEACEPLUS Partnership, a sub-committee of the Council’s Local Community Development Committee.
Information for all
A series of drop-in Information Sessions has been arranged across Sligo in advance of the Co-design process starting. Groups and individuals are encouraged to come along to find out more about the fund and the process involved in creating the Co-designed Local Community Peace Action Plan. It is this plan that will form the basis of the funding application and subsequent projects and actions.
The information sessions are scheduled for:
|Date and time||Venue|
|Mon. 20th March 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm||Northside Community Centre, Sligo F91 N778|
|Tues. 21st March 2023, 7 pm – 9 pm||Dromore West Community Hall F26 T9F9|
|Thurs. 23rd March 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm||Ballymote Library, Teeling St, Ballymote F56 FT59|
|Thurs. 30th March 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm||Tubbercurry One Stop Shop, Community Room. F91 Y328|
|Sat. 1st April 2023, 11 am – 1 pm||Community Café, Old Schoolhouse, Ballinafad F52 AO28|
|Thursday 6th April 2023, 5 pm – 7 pm||Community Hall, Cliffoney F91 DP71|
If you have a group active in any area nearby, a meeting with your group can be arranged separately.
What is Co-design? Nothing for You without You
The co-design model is an approach based on participation: where the people taking part in and benefiting from a planned action are equal partners in the planning and design process of these actions.
Co-design is more than local consultation.
This process relies on you, as community representatives and individuals, to be involved.
The co-design approach enables diverse partnerships to decide on priority actions for their local areas and address these together in a manner which will make a significant and lasting contribution to peace and reconciliation.
Events and meetings to hear your ideas for the Local Community Peace Action Plan will be scheduled from mid-April 2023. Dates and venues announced soon. This will be supported by an online survey and targeted group conversations where required.
The plan will be built on three core themes:
- Local community regeneration and transformation: transformation and re-imaging of individual or collective areas within a community in a manner which challenges initial perceptions and increases levels of shared pride.
- Thriving and peaceful communities: to build the capacity of local organisations through cross community collaboration.
- Celebrating culture and diversity: to build, improve and sustain relationships between and within communities by addressing issues of trust, prejudice and intolerance.
Actions included in the plan will address these themes through the co-design process.
For an overview of the entire programme see https://seupb.eu/PEACEPLUS .
If you would like:
– more information on Sligo PEACEPLUS
– to be added to updates list, or
– to arrange a meeting with your group separately to the information sessions,
please contact Tracy Ferguson at –
ph: 071 91 14422,
mob: 087 756 0274.