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As a statutory requirement Good Relations is an integral part of Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s work.

The legal context of Good Relations comes from Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 which states that in addition to statutory equality duties “Public Authorities are also required to have regard to the desirability of promoting good relations between persons of different religious belief, political opinion, and racial group.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations Strategy identifies the key outcomes, methodologies and actions required to ensure effective delivery of a Good Relations action plan throughout the Borough.

Our Good Relations programme aims to provide opportunities for civic and community leaders to promote the area as a model of best practice in developing respect, understanding and tolerance of the cultural and the historical and traditional diversity of the residents.

CC&G Good Relations programme reflects the Northern Ireland executive’s commitment to Building a United Community strategy through its 5 main aims:

  • Our Children and Young People - to continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building Good Relations;
  • Our Shared Community - to create a community where division does not restrict the life opportunities of individuals and where all areas are open and accessible to all;
  • Our Safe Community - to create a community where everyone feels safe in moving around and where life choices are not inhibited by fears around safety;
  • Our Cultural Expression - to create a community which promotes mutual respect and understanding, is strengthened by its diversity, and where cultural expression is celebrated and embraced; and
  • Supporting Programme Actions - to develop support programmes, at both Council and community level, to increase and improve leadership, capacity, organisation and capital building skills in order to support Good Relations.

All of the programmes outlined within the plan are based on the delivery of a three year strategy.

The Good Relations Officers ensure the development and delivery of all projects within the action plan and ensure best use of resources and funding in order to provide greatest value for money.

Funding for the programme is provided by OFMDFM through the District Council Good Relations Programme as outlined as one of the priorities within the TBUC strategy.

The programme for Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council provides formal structured engagement and promotes partnership working to ensure additionality and complementarity between the strategies and plans for which the council has responsibility