Welcome to the Holywell Trust website. Holy wells have a special place in the folk memory of Ireland but belief in the curative and regenerative effect of water and its symbolic and spiritual significance resonates with people of all cultures.
To the west, above the city of Derry stands Holywell Hill, for many years a favourite recreational space for many local people. From this vantage point there is an overview of the complex relationship between the urban and rural landscape and a political border weaving through it. Holywell Hill serves to remind us that whilst boundaries and dividions exist with and between us, then none of us are wholly well.
A small organisation with modest resources and creative staff and management team can make a substantial difference
(CRC Evaluation 2008)
Holywell Trust was formed in the late summer of 1988. Its formation came from the perceived need for an organisation which would encourage risk taking and stimulate creativity in the work of community development and Community Development & Peace Building in the North West.
Holywell’s main areas of concern have been in encouraging healthy working relationships, both personal and cross-community, in facilitating community development & peace building work, in developing public campaigns, in commenting on and researching environmental issues in promoting community arts projects, supporting cross-border, adult education, Heritage research & awareness, organising and facilitating experiental group work and delivering community development support to projects in the North West. Holywell Trust in its twentieth year of operations gained Charitable Status in April 2008. Registered Charity No: XT8573.
Holywell Trust sees its role as vital in the North West in helping to create a new society of active citizens who are respectful of and celebrate difference.