The GPP Steering group along with Peace III have selected 30 groups across the four councils to participate in the Capacity Building Programme. Through this programme groups will avail of a tailored package of capacity and skills development, at the end of which groups will use their £6,000 Programme Development Costs to facilitate programmes and projects to benefit their communities.
Groups participating in the capacity building programme will complete two Compulsory Sessions
· Good Relations Training- delivered by local councils
· Strategic planning session- project workers to assist groups/organisation develop a long term vision and plan of what they want to do and complete application form for the programme development costs: 4 hour session
All groups will then have to choose to undertake a minimum of 2 capacity building sessions, choosing from these 8 Optional sessions. Groups will use a needs analysis to identify areas that they would most benefit from developing their skills.
· Governance: Charitable status, Charities Act, Constitutions
· Finance & funding: fund raising, accessing funding, money management including legal requirements, this will be based on the groups own finances. We will also have a session on completing funding applications.
· Committee Skills: individual session tailored to the particular needs of each committee, the session will include how to conduct effective meetings, record minuets, and the roles of officer bearers.
· Volunteer development: Looking at how groups decide when it is time to end programmes, and how to manage when volunteers want to stop or move on to something else- dissolve the group etc
· Networking: how groups can build effective working relations with other groups, to share resources, skills and expertise and engaging with their community
· Media skills/PR and Marketing: Give the groups the skills to work with the media in order to advertise their achievements and the work they are doing-writing press statements, advertising achievements, and marketing programmes. This will include a session political lobbying to help groups engage with decision makers and politicians.
· Policies: what policies and procedures groups should have in place e.g. child protection, health and safety, equality etc.
The following groups are participating in the capacity building programme:
Derry City Council area:
Strabane District Council :
Edenbridge Women's Group
Kilclean Community Association/Loyal Orange Lodge
kilclean community association and lodge hosted a trip to Stormont, below are a few photos of their visit
West Ulster Bands Forum
Ardstraw & Baronscourt Yth Club
Omagh District Council area:
Killycurragh Regeneration Group
Under a White Ensign Cultural Association
Brackey Loyal Orange Lodge
Dunmullen Rural Community Association/Loyal Orange Lodge
Fireagh Loyal Orange Lodge
Greenen Community Group/Loyal Orange Lodge
Tyrooney Loyal Orange Lodge
Donegal County Council area:
All groups in the Donegal Area have begun the capacity building programme, below is an outline of the groups participating in the programme and an update of their activity through the programme
Cully Orange Lodge, Donegal Town: Cully has used the programme development costs to fund a trip for local children to the ulster american folk park. They have also procured new windows for their hall. As part of the capacity building programme the group have undergone training in committee skills, governance and funding.
Raphoe Presbyterian Youth Club: has used the programme development costs to fund trips and activities for the children of the youth club, they are also purchasing new equipment for the youth club. The club has updated their constitution through the capacity building programme.
Stranorlar Church of Ireland- stranorlar church of ireland used the programme development costs to upgrade the graveyard around the grave of Issac Butt, they have also under gone training in committee skills, governance and funding.
Fahan Presbyterian Church Hall- used the programme development costs to upgrade facilities in the church hall, to enable them to offer a wider range of services. They purchased a new cooker and boiler as well as using the programme costs to run events in the hall, below are some photos of the craft fayre in the hall.
Newtowncunningham Accordion Band: will be using the programme development costs to purchase new uniforms for the band members, they will also be using the programme costs to run programmes and activities for the local residents
Greenbank Presbyterian Church Hall: held their first event funded through the GPP, a successful community fun day was held on 21st August, the fun day was well attended by the local community thanks to local advertising.
Carndonagh- Malin Presbyterian Youth Club: have held their first event, a community fun day which was funded through their programme development costs. They have also used the programme development costs to purchase new equipment for the youth club. This group has used the capacity building programme to develop a new constitution. Below are some photographs to illustrate some of the activities of the youth club.