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20 February 2015
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Peace and Reconciliation Group

The Peace and Reconciliation Group (PRG) was set up in 1976 in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland. Throughout its history PRG has used programmes to allow people to build bridges between polarised communities.

What we do

  • Deliver accredited training in citizenship – helping people to understand the structures of government, what it means to live in a democracy and how to become active citizens.
  • Facilitate youth groups to talk about identity, prejudice, sectarianism, racism and the issues that divide us.
  • Coordinate Community Relations Week in Derry/Londonderry where community organisations or individuals put on events or activities to highlight the work they are doing to improve relations between communities.
  • Provide a mediation service for people who are in dispute.
  • Train young people to become peer mediators in their schools or youth groups. This will help them to resolve conflicts.
  • Deliver ‘women into politics’ training – helping women, young and old, to become involved in politics both at a local level within the community or at a party political level.

Examples of our work

Two groups of young people from Derry/Londonderry asked their youth leader could they meet on a weekly basis to look at identity and other issues around prejudice, sectarianism and racism. The youth leader sourced funding and invited PRG to work with each group individually and then bring them together for cross-community discussions.

Ardoyne Youth Congress (through their youth club) asked us to deliver accredited training in citizenship, as well as an introduction to conflict resolution and mediation skills.

Contact Details

Peace and Reconciliation Group
18/20 Bishop Street
BT48 6PW

Tel: 028 7136 9206
Fax: 028 7137 7009

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