Discover the positive actions and programmes of leading individuals and organisations in Northern Ireland:

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Belfast Interface Project

Our overall vision is of a Belfast in which today’s interface communities:

  • Are free of tension, intimidation and violence both within and between communities
  • Have come to terms with legacies of the past
  • Are socially and economically vibrant, within an attractive physical environment
  • Enjoy freedom of movement in accessing facilities and services
  • Have respect for cultural difference and diversity

Belfast Interface Project is a membership organisation which aims to support the development of creative approaches towards the regeneration of Belfast’s interface areas, through:

  • Being proactive in linking and involving local communities in changing policy and in advocating for change that is of practical benefit to interface communities.
  • To be supportive of interface communities and to advocate with agencies and others in order to address issues of safety in interface communities and safe access to work and services, through improved relationships between communities, increased labour mobility and the development of shared services.
  • To be supportive of interface communities and to develop positive relationships by encouraging and enabling co-operation, promoting articulation and understanding of key issues involved in sharing and division, and providing support through change.
  • Ensuring that membership remains reflective of interface communities as changes occur and that the organisation is managed efficiently and effectively.

Beyond Skin

Established in 2004, Beyond Skin is an organisation which uses music, arts and media to assist in the building and development of cultural relations in Northern Ireland, with the overall aim of addressing issues of racism and sectarianism.

  • To address racism and sectarianism in Northern Ireland through multicultural arts
  • To promote positive attributes reflected from a society made up of different cultures
  • To promote multicultural arts for the benefit of the inhabitants of Northern Ireland
  • To promote racial harmony and the exchange of cultural ideas and relations through the medium of the arts
  • To contribute to maintaining a peaceful society in Northern Ireland
  • To increase social awareness of different cultures within Northern Ireland
  • To increase links between communities from different cultural backgrounds
  • To present, promote, organise, manage and produce performances and exhibitions of works of cultural and educational value

Beyond Skin is a organisation based in Northern Ireland using music, art, multimedia and radio as a tool for cultural education & exchange:

Chartered Institute of Housing

We exist to maximise the contribution that housing professionals make to the wellbeing of communities.

For the first time CIH has published its Business Plan for 2008-2010. The document sets out our values and corporate objectives for the next three years:

  • Shaping housing and community agendas
  • Equipping the profession for today and tomorrow
  • Delivering excellence for all our customers
  • Striving to be world class
  • Uniting a global housing community

Co-operation Ireland

To advance mutual understanding and respect by promoting practical co-operation between the people of Northern Ireland and of the Republic of Ireland.

Programme Areas:

  • Donegal Diversity Project
  • Education
  • Exchanges
  • Youth and Community
  • Beyond Borders
  • C.O.R.E
  • Songs and Stories
  • Growing Together
  • FACE Project
  • Local Authorities
  • Building Blocks
  • Pride of Place
  • Media
  • Journalism Conference
  • EU Funding Programmes
  • EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation
  • Interreg IIIA

Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ)

The Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ) works to secure the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland.


CAJ works to ensure that policing structures, policies, practices, and conduct in Northern Ireland conform to best practice and internationally recognised human rights standards.

Criminal Justice

CAJ works to ensure that Northern Ireland’s criminal justice system complies with best practice and internationally recognised human rights standards.

Human Rights

CAJ works to ensure that human rights are adequately protected, promoted, defended and respected in Northern Ireland by ensuring that the government adheres to its human rights obligations.


CAJ works to ensure that the commitment in the Preamble to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that “all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights” is given practical effect in law and practice in Northern Ireland.

Dealing with the Past

CAJ works to encourage the adoption of a mechanism to deal with Northern Ireland’s past and to ensure that any such mechanism conforms with domestic and international human rights obligations.”

Community Relations Council (CRC)

The Community Relations Council (CRC) works for “a peaceful and fair society based on reconciliation and mutual trust”.

Providing support (finance, training, advice, information) for local groups and organisations

  • Developing opportunities for cross-community understanding
  • Increasing public awareness of community relations work:
  • Encouraging constructive debate throughout Northern Ireland

Corrymeela Institute

Seeks to achieve the overall aim of a shared future.

Five main programmes in:

  • Faith
  • Community Interface
  • Youth
  • Schools Faith
  • Faith & Life

The Equality Commission

To advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement.

  • Working towards the elimination of discrimination
  • Promoting equality of opportunity and encouraging good practice
  • Promoting affirmative/positive action
  • Promoting good relations between people of different racial groups
  • Overseeing the implementation and effectiveness of the statutory duty on public authorities to promote equality and good relations
  • Overseeing the disability duties on public authorities
  • Monitoring, jointly with the NI Human Rights Commission, implementation of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
  • Keeping the relevant legislation under review


The Glencree Centre for Peace and Reconciliation is devoted to peacebuilding and reconciliation in Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Great Britain, and beyond.

  • Political Workshops and Dialogue
  • The Survivors Programme (L.I.V.E.)
  • Former Combatants Programme
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Schools and Youth Programme
  • Women’s Group
  • Churches Programme
  • Conflict Studies
  • International Programme
  • Summer Schools
  • Exhibitions

Healing through Rembering

Works on a common goal of how to deal with the legacy of the Troubles in Northern Ireland:

  • Established a network that will link the diverse forms of commemoration and remembering work
  • Working on Truth Recovery Projects
  • Working towards a day of reflection
  • Working towards a living memorial museum

Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU)

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) works to achieve a just society – one which recognises the rights of all workers and citizens to enjoy the prosperity and fulfilment which leads to a good quality of life:

  • Represent and advance the economic and social interests of working people
  • Negotiate national agreements with government and employers, when mandated to do so by constituent and member unions
  • Promote the principles of trade unionism through campaigns and policy development
  • Provide information, advice and training to unions and their members
  • Assist with the resolution of disputes between unions and employers
  • Regulate relations between unions and ruling on inter-union disputes

Integrated Education Fund

Seeks to bridge the financial gap between starting integrated schools and securing full government funding and support for Integrated Education; aims to make integration, not separation, the norm in our education system through supporting the continued growth of integrated school places and by encouraging all schools to provide their pupils with the opportunity to engage meaningfully with children from different cultural and religious backgrounds in an environment that encourages them to achieve their full potential and proactively addresses and celebrates the different dimensions of diversity.

The IEF has operated various grant making programmes over this period, designed to support schools and groups which give equal recognition to and promote equal expression of the two main traditions in Northern Ireland, encouraging the development of understanding and respect:

  • PACT Programme: funds projects in schools to promote the development of skills, structures and relationships that enable schools, pupils and their parents, staff and governors and the wider community to increase their understanding, acceptance and respect for political, cultural and religious differences.
  • SADIE Programme
  • The CARSON Awards

Interfaith Forum

Recognising, honouring and celebrating the essence of the Divine at the heart of the many pathways to Truth:

  • Social inter-action
  • Talks and discussion
  • Special presentations
  • Visits to community centres and places of worship

Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education

The Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education (NICIE) was established as a charitable organisation in 1987 to:

  • Co-ordinate efforts to develop integrated education
  • Support parent groups through the process of opening new schools
  • Influence and inform the public — locally, nationally and internationally

Northern Ireland Housing Council

The Housing Council has a duty to advise the Minister on housing matters and to examine housing matters from a strategic perspective.

It is an advisory and consultative body considering any matter affecting housing referred to it by the Department for the Social Development or the Northern Ireland Housing Executive or any matter which appears to the Housing Council to be a matter pertinent to housing on the wider front.  While the Housing Council’s main business is with the Department for Social Development as the Department responsible for housing, and the Housing Executive as the strategic regional housing authority, the Housing Council may however consult with or be consulted by, other organisations on a wide range of housing-related matters.

Northern Ireland Mixed Marriage Association

NIMMA’s main aim is to provide comfort and care to mixed marriage couples and those contemplating mixed marriage.

It seeks to create tolerance and acceptance of mixed marriage through:

  • Providing pastoral care, support, and information
  • Publishing books and material used in local schools and shared campuses
  • Lobbying for integrated education and shared social housing

Northern Ireland Youth Forum

Lobbies, advocates, promotes and fights for the rights of young people in NI.

  • The Big Deal: Programmes for Young People, the 5 programmes are:
    1. Transitions
    2. Democracy Works
    3. Making it Happen
    4. Making Your Youth Council Work for You
    5. Organisational Change
  • Co-ordinates with the UK Youth Parliament
  • Runs events for young people

Volunteer Now

To encourage volunteering throughout Northern Ireland.

Youth Council of Northern Ireland

To give young people valuable international experience for their personal and professional development, through various activities, within the remit of non-formal education.

  • To advise the Department, Education and Library Boards and other bodies on the development of the youth service.
  • To encourage cross-community activity by the youth service.
  • To encourage the provision of facilities for the youth service and facilities which are especially beneficial to young persons.
  • To encourage and assist the co-ordination and efficient use of the resources of the youth service.
  • To assist the effective provision of administrative services by the voluntary headquarter organisations.