Newtownards Community group celebrates bric Programme

The experiences and learning of a local community group involved in a pioneering good relations project have been recalled at a celebration event in Netwownards.

Newtownards Community group celebrates bric Programme

Members of Eastend/Movilla Community Group pictured at the Boyne Museum as part of the bric Programme

Members of Eastend/Movilla Community Group gathered in the local British Legion on Monday evening to commemorate their involvement in the Building Relationships in the Community (bric) Programme.

 The programme is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 social housing areas across Northern Ireland as it aims to build and cultivate good relations across the province.

 As well as hearing from members of the Eastend/Movilla group about their experiences on the programme, attendees also enjoyed presentations from the people behind bric including senior Housing Executive managers, trainers from Tides and representatives from bric.

 The presentations were followed by a Q&A session and a video slideshow of highlights of the group’s time on the bric Programme.

Speaking at the event, Ian Cox, Chairperson of Eastend/Movilla Community Association said:

 “Our involvement with the bric Programme has been both educational and entertaining.

 “The experiences gained and the friendships created have been invaluable and we want to thank everyone who has helped make our experience with the programme so enjoyable.”

 Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said:

 “Eastend/Movilla Community Group is an excellent example of how the bric Programme works. Through the programme good relations have been placed at the core of everything the group does and we are delighted to be associated with it.

 “The bric Programme has enjoyed working with Eastend Movilla Community Association and seeing some really positive outcomes in the area.

 “Tonight is a celebration but there is also some sadness as the programme draws to a close later this year. However, we are hopeful that it has laid very strong foundations for future programmes of this nature and they will build on these and go from strength to strength.

 Raj Thompson, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

 “Tonight has been about showing just far this group has come through the bric Programme and there is no better recommendation of this than from the group members themselves.

 “The Housing Executive is delighted to be associated with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local residents as they work to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.