Urban Villages Initiative
The Urban Villages initiative is a headline action within the NI Executive’s Together Building a United Community (TBUC) strategy.
Overseen by the Executive Office (TEO), the Urban Villages initiative is designed to improve good relations outcomes and develop thriving places where there has been a history of deprivation and community tension. It has three inter-connected aims:
- To foster positive Community Identities;
- To build Community Capacity; and
- To improve the Physical Environment.
The Urban Village initiative will help people and organisations to work together to design better ways of doing things. This includes ‘doing more with what we’ve got’ and enabling current and future investment to be targeted and delivered in more effective and sustainable ways. The initiative aims to involve, mobilise and sustain a community response which supports effective civic stewardship. In this context, civic stewardship is the outworking of communities and other stakeholders connecting and aligning efforts to break down barriers and promote positive change.
The Urban Village initiative has significant potential to be a focal point for a comprehensive and joined up approach by departments and wider stakeholders in support of the strategy’s overarching priorities and commitments.
Five Urban Villages have been announced:
- Ardoyne and Greater Ballysillan (North Belfast)
- Colin (West Belfast)
- Lower Newtownards Road – known as Eastside (East Belfast)
- Sandy Row, Donegall Pass and the Markets areas (South Belfast)
- The Bogside and Fountain (Derry~Londonderry)
Draft strategic frameworks were launched by the First and deputy First Ministers in September 2016. Copies of the Strategic Frameworks can be downloaded and viewed on The Executive Office website.
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