Good Relations

Good Relations Week 2018

Image of hands from the Good Relations Week 2018 Flyer

Then, Now... Next

Good Relations Week 2018 in Mid and East Antrim runs from 17 to 23 September 2018

Good Relations Week 2018 Flyer imageGood Relations Week is a high profile initiative which supports government’s good relations strategy, Together Building a United Community (TBUC). Good Relations Week is supported by The Executive Office, and this province wide initiative, led by the Community Relations Council, offers an opportunity to host events which focus on promoting good relations.

Good Relations is about promoting positive relationships between persons of a different religious belief, political opinion or racial group, and Building Stronger, Safe and Healthy Communities is a key priority for Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

The Borough’s Community Plan, Putting People First, has the vision that Mid and East Antrim will be a strong, vibrant, safe and inclusive community, where people work together to improve the quality of life for all!

We hope you can join us as we celebrate and come together for Good Relations Week in the Borough.

Monday 17 September

Peer Mediators' Celebration

Monday 17 September, 10.30am

Mayor’s Parlour Town Hall,
Joymount, Carrickfergus, BT38 7DL

Celebration event to recognize the commitment of local pupils who participated in the Good Relations Peer Mediation Programme which trained in diversity, identity, understanding conflict, trust and peace building.

Organiser: Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

Contact: or call T: 028 2563 3141


Then, Now…Next? Coffee and Conversation

Monday 17 September, 7pm

Methodist Church, Ballymoney Road,
Ballymena, BT43 5BY

Charo Lanao Madden will explore this year’s theme in the context of  migration, Immigration and Integration.

She will look at the role of leadership in churches to promote inclusion in communities.

Organiser: Inter Ethnic Forum, Churches Fora of MEA and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council.

Contact: or call T: 028 2564 3605


Tuesday 18 September

It Begins With Me

Tuesday 18 September, 10am

Carrickfergus Vineyard, 15 Lancastrian Street, Carrickfergus, BT38 7AB

Facilitated workshop to promote Good Relations and positive mental health with participants from the Diversity Group, Carrickfergus, and Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA).

Organiser: Diversity Group NI, Carrickfergus and Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA)

Contact: or call T: 028 2564 3605


Then, Now…Next? Running

Tuesday 18 September, 7pm

Montgomery’s Restaurant, 39-41 Ballymoney Street, Ballymena, BT43 6AN

Information event to promote respect and understanding for diversity through a shared love of running and to encourage participants to reap the benefits of physical and mental wellbeing and create communities where diversity is valued.

Organiser: Ballymena Runners and Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA)

Contact: or call T: 028 2564 3605


Irish Language Taster Event

Tuesday 18 September, 7.30pm

Larne Methodist Church Hall, 1 Glenarm Road, Larne, BT40 1DZ

Explore culture and diversity while engaging with members of the local community in this Irish language taster event.

Organiser: Solas-Light (Larne Methodist Church)

Contact: Reverend Chris Skillen, E: or call T: 07756 437467


Wednesday 19 September

HAIP Cultural Diversity Workshop

Wednesday 19 September, 9.30am

Glenravel Fold, Glenravel Park, Ballymena, BT43 7AQ

Workshop with Radius tenants to explore cultural diversity with particular focus on their neighbourhood.

Organiser: Radius Housing.

Contact: Laura Coulter, T: 07483 328450


Good Relations Today and Tomorrow

Wednesday 19 September 2018, 7pm

Larne YMCA, 34A Pound Street, Larne, BT40 1SQ

Join members of the Larne community to reflect on Good Relations work in the area, and discuss what work still needs to be done for the future of Good Relations in Larne.

Organiser: Larne YMCA

Contact: Dean Nutt, or call T: 028 2827 9331


Community Leadership Programme (Information and registration event)

Wednesday 19 September, 7pm

Broughshane House, Broughshane, Co Antrim

Invitation extended to all community groups! Hear how your group can develop new skills, and how £5,000 could be available for your group to promote community capacity building and engagement. This project is supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

This information session will also take place in Carrickfergus Library on Wednesday 12 September 2018 at 7.30pm and Larne Library on Thursday 27 September 2018 at 7.30pm.

Organiser: North Antrim Community Network.

Contact: Amanda McAuley, or call T: 07545 076291 or 028 2177 2100


Thursday 20 September

Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities (Mid & East Antrim)

Thursday 20 September 2018, 10am

The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ

Raising awareness of the needs and difficulties encountered by the Roma community in our area and how we as representatives from voluntary, statutory and community organisations can support them.

Organiser: : ASEC (MEA) - Agencies Supporting Ethnic Communities (Mid & East Antrim)

Contact: Sandra Pollock, or call T: 028 2766 1322


Friday 21 September

Shared History - Then, Now…Next?

Friday 21 September 2018, 7pm

The Braid, 1-29 Bridge Street, Ballymena, BT43 5EJ

Launch event looking at the Shared History between Northern Ireland and India with an emphasis on the contribution of the Indian Sub-Continent, the First World War and the impact on its people and history. Featuring a tapestry designed by local artist Lucy Craig in partnership with the Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA) and The Carson Project Ballymena.

Organiser: Inter Ethnic Forum (MEA) and The Carson Project Ballymena.

Contact: Natasha Taylor, or call T: 028 2564 3605


For more information about Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme you can email:

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