Over the past few months, our Milltown Dreamscheme group was engaged in a new project called "Survive to Thrive", funded by Belfast City Council's Police & Community Safety Partnership. This included a series of workshops and activities based around the prevention of anti-social behavior in the Milltown/Belvoir Areas.
The ForWords Project was funded by Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council's Good Relations Fund and targeted 15 young people identified by local Police who were at risk of causing anti-social behaviour, and participating in racist and abusive behaviour. The project was the first step in challenging this group’s attitudes and helping them start a journey to improving their attitudes and relationships with people of different backgrounds.
The project assisted the development of these young people aged 13-18 years old by: - building awareness, understanding and acceptance of diversity in their community. The project also built leadership and communication skills, enabling young people to co-design a spoken word and graffiti project in which they actively engaged and participated in building good relations in their community.
The project encouraged participation in a series of 4 good relations awareness sessions, 4 leadership development and team-building activities, and a 4-week creative project.
Graffiti project at Cairnshill Pavilion
Spoken Word project at Oh Yeah Centre
The South and East Belfast DPCSPs funded the 'Young People can do Wonderful Things' project which involved 47 young people from Milltown and Braniel between April and September 2015. With Policing and Community Safety Partnerships funding Dreamscheme was able to operate 44 diversionary activities, and 71 acts of community service.