Training Courses, January - March 2014
14th May 2014
SLIG continues with its focus on training up local adults and young people, around both contentious and non-contentious themes. Here’s an overview of recent training courses delivered:
- In partnership with Tides Training and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, a large cross community group of 33 adults completed an OCN Level 2 Working with Contentious Cultural Issues. The course explored issues such as the meaning of culture and tradition, methods of cultural expression, prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination, and cultural differences
- 14 adults took part in the OCN Level 2 Handling Life's Conflict’s course. We held a prize-giving event on 17th February in the Balmoral Hotel to celebrate the achievements of those who completed it. The course aimed to developa culture of non-violence, explore alternative ways of dealing with relationships and to contribute to peace and reconciliation activities within areas of sectarian conflict.
- Our on-going collaboration with the University of Ulster continues to reap rewards for our service-users. Tutors from Jordanstown have recently delivered ‘Helping your children or grandchildren with IT’ to two groups of adults. The course is designed to assist them to support their children or grandchildren with IT homework. Due to interest expressed, we were compelled to organise the adults into two groups – one morning and one evening group. So far 32 adults in total have participated.
- As part of SLIG’s commitment to developing community capacity, while fostering cross community relationships, we linked-in with Youth Link to deliver anOCN level 2 Introduction to Youth Work course. The course was a great success and will hopefully pave the way for the young people to become tomorrow’s youth workers!
- We were awarded funding from Belfast City Council Good Relations Unit to deliver a programme of workshops that will bring parents and adults together across the political divide to act as Community Navigators. The course covered the following: mediation, effectively responding to interface tension, signposting and networking skills. Flyers were distributed to 1000 homes across the interface and a total of 34 people attended the information evening in SLIG on Fri 10th Oct. The programme was completed by 14 local people. The programme culminated in an award ceremony in the Hunting Lodge on Thursday 19th of December. Michelle Hand from Belfast City Council, and SLIG Management Committee members Sean Lennon and Jean Brown, presented the 14 successful learners with their certificates.
- Along with the charity PIP’s, we arranged a suite of mental health and suicide awareness courses for young people and adults from across the interface. The various courses, including Mind Your Mate and Preventing Suicides in Your Community, catered for all ages and levels, with 13 local people completing ‘Mind Your Mate’ and 19 completing the Suicide Awareness training.
For more information, simply contact:
- Neil McKee
- Tel: 028 9062 9146