Community Relations Council's Strategic Plan 2001-2004
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Community Relations Council’s Strategic Plan 2001-2004 The Community Relations Council, formed in 1990, is a non-governmental, not-for-profit organisation and a registered charity. It works in partnership with others to promote community relations aims. Mission: Enabling change towards a society free from sectarianism Vision: A pluralist society characterised by equity, respect for diversity, and interdependence. Principles: The Council’s work is founded on the inextricably linked principles of Equity, Diversity and Interdependence. Equity is a commitment at all levels of society to ensuring equality of access to resources, structures and decision making processes and the adoption of actions to secure and maintain these objectives. Respect for Diversity affirms the value which can be derived from the existence, understanding and acceptance of difference (whether expressed through religious, ethnic or political background). Interdependence requires a recognition by different interest or identity groupings of their obligations and commitments to others and of the interconnectedness of individual/community experiences and ambitions. A number of critical assumptions have been made in compiling this strategic plan. They are listed as Appendix 1. CRC has further examined its key stakeholders and has listed these as Appendix 2. Strategic Aims Aim 1 To support local people in building a shared, inclusive and peaceful society where there is co- operation and respect for diversity. Aim 2 To assist Northern Ireland Communities in working through and beyond the legacies of the troubles. Aim 3 To identify and develop new approaches to peace-building and reconciliation, working in partnership with people and organisations across Northern Ireland. Aim 4 To promote the mainstreaming of community relations work at both community and institutional level. Aim 5 To manage the grant aiding activities and other services of the Community Relations Council in an effective, efficient and economical way. Aim 1 To support local people in building a shared, inclusive and peaceful society where there is co-operation and respect for diversity. No Objectives Outputs 1 To assist the development of community Groups/agencies engaged including inter- relations work and the management of agency steering groups. conflict in areas which have experienced high levels of violence and polarization. Policies developed. Development support work in interface areas, and areas which exhibit signs of future direct community violence. Grant aiding. Provide training through sponsored organisations to enhance skills, confidence and expertise 2 To provide financial and other assistance Promote and manage grant schemes in to groups and organisations wishing to accordance with agreed criteria. develop shared responses to issues of common concern. 3 To assist the development of cross- Fund community relations development community structures and relationships work. which will more effectively address cultural, religious and political Work in partnership with CROs and other differences. agencies. 4 To extend the number, range and Engage new groups. effectiveness of groups and individuals involved in community relations work, Extend the boundaries of some existing including those engaged in single- groups. identity activities. Increase and monitor the number of individuals involved in community relations work. Organise seminars. Promote CRC’s focus/position on single identity work. Monitor and evaluate financial awards to ensure continued compatibility and compliance with programme objectives. Monitor, identify and address new constituencies. 5 To promote the activities and values of Meet with opinion formers. CRC with key opinion formers. Media output. Speaking engagements. Consultation with policy makers, funders and Government bodies. To provide information on community relations programmes to decision making bodies in respect of their provision of services. 6 To develop, make available and The production and dissemination of disseminate information and resource relevant resource material. materials which will be useful to those wishing to become more fully involved The maintenance and development of the in community relations work. Community Relations Council’s reference library, resource centre and web-site. Provide supportive training resource material. Research the relationship between community relations and community development work. To work with agencies and other groups so that they can develop resource materials, exhibitions and lectures. Sponsored organisations encouraged to document their work as models of good community relations practice for wider dissemination. Support and promote research leading to new resources. 7 To provide information, advice and Advise grant applicants of relevant support to grant recipients so as to assist possibilities to support their community them in addressing communal divisions. relations practice 8 To assist sponsored projects in Establish Diversity Challenges. acknowledging the diversity of local communities and to ensure programme Engage organisations. activities contribute to an increased understanding of one’s own culture and Consult with local community and other traditions. voluntary groups to identify and advise on the development of community relations initiatives and programmes. Produce materials that encourage pluralism and challenge stereotyping. Aim 2 To assist Northern Ireland communities in working through and beyond the legacies of the troubles. No Objectives Outputs 1 To facilitate an examination of the need To engage with the ‘Healing Through for a ‘truth finding process’ as part of Remembering Project’ and disseminate its healing and reconciliation between local findings. communities. Facilitate work that centres on a healing process. Provision of financial resources to victim support groups. 2 To provide appropriate financial support Investigate and if applicable administer a and advice (having regard to all other grant aiding scheme tailored for provision in this area) to groups wishing victims/survivors of the Troubles. Launch, to explore the events and consequences develop and resource staff for the of the Troubles period and to facilitate implementation of the scheme. debate. Work with NIVT as a partner in administering Peace II funds to support victims work. Provide financial support to groups working on reconciliation themes. Provision of grant aid and advice for cultural and historical projects. 3 To promote models of healing both Provision of advice, development support within and between communities which and financial assistance. are facilitative of a healing and reconciliation process. Identify and develop models of good practice. 4 To develop and distribute information on Production and dissemination of relevant Victims Support work and related literature. materials on the causes and effects of community division. 5 To assist people in examining the Provision of advice and information, complexities of the past. financial support and the sharing of good practice. Provide grants and resources which help groups explore local history and culture. Aim 3 To identify and develop new approaches to peace-building and reconciliation, working in partnership with people and organisations across Northern Ireland. No Objectives Outputs 1 To facilitate information sharing and Disseminate best practice literature. exchange between groups involved in community relations work and to assist Run information sharing seminars. them in the identification and dissemination of best practice Develop information sharing networks. Provide training opportunities to facilitate and encourage collaboration between sponsored organisations. Sponsored organisations encouraged to document practice and learning and disseminate to a wider audience. Facilitate a greater knowledge of different approaches and methods in community relations work. Organise seminars and exhibitions that promote models of good practice. Work in partnership with CROs and other agencies. 2 To assist the development of area-based Continued engagement in interface areas strategies for dealing with issues of with statutory and NGO sector bodies. communal division, working in partnership with other agencies and Promote, develop and manage Creating organisations. Common Ground Consortium programmes. 3 To work collaboratively with groups and Grant aid awarded to agencies able to organisations throughout Northern facilitate the development and production Ireland in developing new and of resource materials. innovative resource materials on community relations themes. 4 To identify and develop research projects Develop community relations and on issues of community division and community development research. diversity as they affect NI communities. Provide assistance to sponsored organisations in their research projects. RUC/PSNI research development. Develop e-conferencing research proposal. Commission evaluation of Mobile Phone Networks operating across Northern Ireland. Manage and promote research award scheme. Aim 4 To promote the mainstreaming of community relations work at both community and institutional level. No Objectives Outputs 1 To assist the development of Community Assist with the development and Relations Policies as part of the NI implementation of community relations Executive’s Programme for Government strategies 2001 – 2004. Adoption of community relations policies by government departments. Target provision of grant aid to those agencies impacting in this area. 2 To facilitate the acquisition and Grant aid programme development work. development of skills which will assist local communities and organisations in Provide funding for groups to develop more effectively managing community, skills/capacity building. political or religious differences. Target funding to groups with a community/ educational outreach remit. Grant aiding and seminars. 3 To assist the development of cross- Fund community relations development community structures and relationships work. that will allow for substantive, meaningful and sustainable co-operation Organisation of seminars. across community divides. Support work within interface areas. Meaningful contact through application of grant scheme criteria. 4 To assist organisations and community Organise seminars groups in prioritising activities which will mainstream and integrate Produce practice based guides and other community relations principles and resource materials. practices within all aspects of their work. Conduct community relations training and information seminars for clergy, lay and church based workers. 5 To provide financial support and advice Administration of CRC programmes and to projects in the public, private and grant aiding schemes voluntary sectors which will aim to assist them in more effectively responding to Provision of advice and resources across a issues of community division and range of different sectors. diversity. 6 To work in partnership with public sector Formation of partnerships. organisations in the development and promotion of section 75(2) of the Effect the implementation of the promotion Northern Ireland Act 1998 (………the of good relations in Government promotion of good relations). Departments and designated bodies. Production of resources targeted at specific constituencies. 7 To develop and distribute resource Production and dissemination of relevant materials and models of good practice on resource material. mainstreaming community relations work. Development and disseminate relevant good practice materials. Aim 5 To manage the grant aiding activities and other services of the Community Relations Council in an effective, efficient and economical way. No Objectives Outputs 1 To implement coherent and effective Produce Strategic Plan 2001 – 2004 and strategic and operational planning manage its implementation. processes throughout the Community Relations Council. Implement and manage operational planning. 2 To provide the necessary financial Employ CRC resources in an accountable information and administrative support and transparent fashion which demonstrate to all Council work areas. economy, efficiency and effectiveness throughout. 3 To develop and effectively administer Review and evaluate grant aiding schemes. grant schemes which will make a practical/positive contribution to Develop and implement evaluation and community life and relations in Northern monitoring structures. Ireland, and to review the operation and effectiveness of sponsored activities on Provide an effective and efficient service an ongoing basis. to all grant applicants and recipients. Provide technical assistance and advice to groups as required. Develop a monitoring and evaluation mechanism. Involve advisory groups in resource development. 4 To provide developmental support and Provide advice and developmental support. advice to both applicants and grant recipients in ensuring that their projects Identification of other funding sources, if effectively address issues of community more appropriate, for non-community relations. relations work. 5 To provide all practicable support to Provision of assistance and review of grant recipients across the lifetime of needs to support grant applicants. funding awards, and to identify and action any learning or support needs. Programme staff available and accessible to grant recipients. Support provided in response to identified need throughout the grant aiding period. 6 To implement the requirements of the Implement the Community Relations Northern Ireland Act 1998 relating to Council’s Equality Scheme. Equality as defined in sections 75(1) and 75(2). 7 To implement New TSN as it relates to Produce and manage new TSN action the Community Relations Council. plans. Monitor range of stakeholders and identify appropriate new constituencies. 8 To provide appropriate and up to date Upgrade and manage ICT systems. information technology facilities and training to accommodate effective and efficient working practices. 9 To review, update and implement the Conduct best value review of CRC (20% policies, operations and practices of the per year). Community Relations Council in accordance with Best Value principles. Review performance indicators. Develop and update policies and procedures. Implement effective Human Resource Management. Implement effective training programmes for staff and members. IIP accreditation. 10 To develop and make widely available a Production and dissemination of corporate range of promotional and informational Council literature. materials on the role, activities and benefits of the Council’s work. Maintenance and development of Community Relations Resource Centre and website. Maintenance of a media profile for the Council and its work. Development and promotion of the Council’s corporate image. Development of advertising and marketing opportunities for the Council and its work. Information seminars. Appendix 1: Critical Assumptions: Current levels of funding for CRC to continue. CRC to operate under the remit of OFMDFM. Government will be committed to a strategy for community relations, as part of the Programme for Government. There will be a continuation of low-level violence. Polarisation between communities will remain in the short-term. New European Peace and Reconciliation money: CRC will be the lead agency for community relations work as an IFB Equality Commission: CRC will take a leading role in assisting public bodies to meet their requirement to promote “good relations”. CRC will embrace the Modernising Government agenda and all current legislative requirements. CRC’s work will be informed by the need to be responsive (rather than reactive) to developments in the external environment over the next three years. Appendix 2: Key Stakeholders [Definition: CRC Council members CRC Advisory groups CRC staff NI Government (Ministers, officials) MLA s NI Assembly Committees Equality Commission Human Rights Commission Public bodies District Councils European Commission CRC partner organisations CRC-funded groups Trade unions Churches CRC will keep this list of key stakeholders under review in the course of 2001-2004 and may add to or subtract from it as the Strategic Plan develops.