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New victims funding announced in Northern Ireland

New victims funding announced in Northern Ireland

Applications are being invited under Strand 2 of the Peace 111 programme from organisations interested in developing and delivering peace-building and reconciliation projects which “seek to address the barriers to participation in economic and social networks which victims and survivors face” in Northern and the border counties.

The Community Relations Council in Northern Ireland and Border Action have been appointed by the Special EU Programmes Body as a joint delivery mechanism of Priority 1.2 of the Peace Programme,Acknowledging and Dealing with the Past (Strand 2 – Support for Participation.

The Priority will be delivered via a three strand approach which will focus on the following areas: Strand 1: Addressing the Past in Public Memory; Strand 2: Support for Participation; Strand 3: Securing the Future.

Indicative Actions for this Strand may include the following:

— Initiatives to provide high quality advice and counselling services for those most directly affected by the legacy of the conflict including support for those who work with the victims and survivors of the conflict.

— Actions to support high quality befriending and networking services to individuals, families and groups directly affected by the legacy of the conflict.

–Actions to provide respite services for individuals, families and groups affected by the legacy of the conflict.

— Actions to support those caring for victims and survivors of violence.

This strand is a rolling programme and a closing date will be announced in due course. The application process requires completion of an online Part A which is available at The Part B and accompanying Guidance Notes will be available in hard copy or electronic format by contacting either Patricia Armstrong, CRC on 028 90 227500 or at or Colette Nulty, Border Action on 0035347 71340 or Part B can also be downloaded from

Paul Artherton has a BA (Hons) Degree from Queen’s University and a MA Degree in Journalism from Pennsylvania State University. He has worked in PR and fundraising for over 27 years. Previously assistant director for fundraising and public relations at the Simon Community Northern Ireland for seven years, for the last 17 years he has run his own fundraising consultancy business specialising in fundraising, sponsorship, public relations and recruitment. His clients have included charities, private sector and public bodies. Examples include the Ulster Cancer Foundation, Simon Communities of Ireland, NI Hospice, North and West Belfast Health and Social Services Trust, Aiken Promotions, the Industrial Development Board and the Ulster Museum. He has lectured on voluntary sector management at Queens University Belfast Institute for Continuing Education. Since 2010 Paul has been a lay member of the NI Charity Tribunal.

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