‘The border’, has been both visible and invisible at various junctures of our recent history. Besides the physical border, social and economic matters can be inhibiting or prohibiting factors to community cohesion and sustainability. The Across the Lines programme is an important new programme which makes a purposeful effort to engage and create on an inclusive basis. The Across the Lines programme isn’t the first of its kind, and so its important we build on previous cross community and cross border working and on existing positive community dynamics, as well as grow a collective capacity to embrace current and future challenges.
The ways in which the programme will support capacity building is through training, through a number of focused conversational events, through an Across the Lines steering/advisory forum group.
These activities will seek to develop a collective confidence and capacity for working together and building an inclusive community and in particular on a cross-community and cross-border basis.
Across the Lines will also offer training support as well as opportunities to consider the meaning for ‘the border’ today, and to depend civic engagement acids the border and other borders.
This first meeting took place on Wed 29th Nov 7.30pm The Glens Centre. Further activities are being planned.