Cross-Border learning for the Community and Voluntary Sector (Friday, 18 October)

The Building Change Trust was established in 2008 by the Big Lottery Fund with a National Lottery grant of £10million as an investment for community capacity building and promotion of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

The Trust has recently commissioned an opinion piece by Andy Pollak and Brian Harvey of the Centre for Cross Border Studies: “The Potential for Cross Border Exchange and Learning in respect of change in the Community and Voluntary Sector.”

Download a copy of the report here (PDF).

The opinion piece which has now been completed will be published this September and followed up with an open seminar and debate taking place on Friday, 18 October at the Canal Court Hotel in Newry, commencing with registration at 10.30am, closing at 12.45pm with a networking lunch.

Click here to register.

The Trust has been conscious that many organisations in Northern Ireland look to the UK for learning about change and development.

This led it to reflect on the potentials for learning within the community and voluntary sector on a cross border basis given the apparent differential development on both sides of the border, and the particular challenges posed for Republic of Ireland organisations given the severe economic downturn.

Whilst there are some organisations working on an all island, and islands, basis it seems much cross border work is for the purposes of Peace and Reconciliation, with limited consideration in the sector given to other learning and development opportunities.

Read more on The Building Change Trust here.