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Name of Project: Talking About My Generation
Lead Partner: Headliners
Grant Awarded: £79,744

Talking About My Generation promotes peace and reconciliation by bringing together older and younger people from Catholic, Protestant and ethnic minority communities through a series of positive intergenerational media activities. The project tackles the themes of sectarianism and racism, as well as challenging dissenting voices and providing equality of opportunity for everyone, including people with disabilities.

The intergenerational groups in each area, including isolated rural communities, have provided stories for publication and broadcast, all of which has demonstrated the positive contribution that intergenerational and cross community work makes towards a peaceful society.

Over 120 young and older people have participated in over 88 workshops sessions through a series of multi-media programmes, which have included photography, journalism, film making and animation and good relations workshops. The multi-media workshops provided training in the use of technical equipment such as audio recorders, film cameras and still cameras and has given participants, both young and old, new skills that have explored and challenged their own prejudices and that of others.

Intergenerational Good Relations workshops have explored issues surrounding prejudice and racism, with the production of stories, films, audio and photography for publication and broadcast an integral part of participants’ experiences. Over the lifespan of the project participants have produced and distributed 6 newsletters on various topics which have positively addressed issues and challenged perceptions of prejudice and racism.

An inspirational body of work has been created and throughout the programme young people have played active roles in steering the direction of the project. As a result of forming intergenerational relationships and using a multi-media approach participants have felt empowered, informed and inspired to move forward into adulthood and continue being proactive in creating a peaceful and shared future together for all.

The Legacy Celebration Events Programme is a project supported by the European Union's PEACE III Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body and delivered by the North West PEACE III Partnership of Derry City Council, Omagh District Council, and Strabane District Council.

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