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About Holywell Trust

Holywell Trust was established in September 1988. Since that time it has been at the heart of community and peacebuilding activity in Derry/Londonderry.

The aims of Holywell Trust are:

Our Work

The work of Holywell Trust is divided into three main areas: Partnerships - we deliver our work, where possible, in partnership with others. We feel that this is the most affective way of making a difference to our community. We are involved in a number of partnership initiatives, including:

  • DiverseCity Community Partnership -
    www.diversecity.co
  • Garden of Reflection - www.gardenofreflection.org
  • Boom Hall Partnership
  • Movement for Right Relationships
  • Civic Activism Project - www.fingerpost.ie
  • Resurgence Academy
  • Initiatives - Holywell Trust also delivers a range of projects independently and will soon be developing a greater online presence and podcast highlighting the work of our organisations and the impact that we have on the people that we work with.
  • Support - we continue to offer support to a range of groups and organisations on both a formal and informal basis.

DCCP Activities Programme

From September 2015 - March 2016 Holywell Trust, as the lead partner of the DiverseCity Community Partnership, received support through OFMDFM Central Good Relations Fund to deliver the DCCP Activities Programme. This was an ambitious programme, open for all to attend, that delivered the following activities:

  • Lunchtime Events - 20+ events held highlighting the good relations and peace building work taking place in the North West and beyond. The sessions that were held examined issues as diverse as paramilitary threats to trauma and heard from projects delivered through local organisations such as The Playhouse and Foyle BME Voluntary Collective.
  • City Centre Forum - 3 discussion events held on Reflection - Are We Ready to Remember?, Cost of Division and City of Culture Year Changed the Conversation.
  • City Safari - 2 safaris were held bringing local people on adventures within their own city to visit places they have never been and to meet people new people.
  • Lets Talk Politics - 2 sessions were held with pupils from 7 different schools who had the opportunity to engage with local elected representatives on issues that really matter to young people.
  • Human Library - 3 sessions were held where people could borrow local ?human books?, people with an important story to share. Project is an innovative way of promoting diversity and tackling prejudice.
  • Interviews - 15 interviews were conducted with people who have been directly impacted by the conflict. These interviews have been turned into a podcast series.

Partner websites

DiverseCity Community Partnership www.diversecity.co

The Junction www.thejunction-ni.org

Funders

Supported by funding received through Office of the First and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM) through the Central Good Relations Fund and the Community Relations Council in Partnership with The Junction (Core Funding Programme) and Derry and Strabane District Council (Good Relations Core Funding Programme).

Holywell Trust also received support through:

Building Change Trust for our Civic Activism Programme

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade for our I’m Telling Everyone About Derry Project

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