Rural Communities Connect Project

Rural Housing Association in partnership with Rathfriland Regeneration and Hilltown Community Association have received funding from The Executive Office’s Central Good Relations Fund for the delivery of a community relations project aimed at building relationships and connecting residents from Castlewellan,  Hilltown and Rathfriland.  This exciting project will provide opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds to participate in good relations activities across both areas in the coming months.

As part of the project Castlewellan, Hilltown and Rathfriland will benefit from the delivery of a series of intergenerational projects including a parent and toddler project, over 55s social club, a diversity schools project in partnership with Wheelworks,  a project exploring how local music has influenced musical styles across the globe, and a shared history project looking at key elements of our shared past.  Alongside these, there will also be a series of collaborative cultural events, celebrating the music, food and history associated with N. Ireland, including St Patrick’s Day Celebrations, a Burn’s Night Dinner and a musical extravaganza, showcasing music and sounds from across the world!

Stephen Fisher, CEO of Rural Housing Association commented “We are delighted to receive funding from The Executive Office’s Central Good Relations Fund for the delivery of this rural-focused project.  Good relations programmes such as this pave the way for the development of positive relationships between and across communities, helping create more connected and inclusive communities, which embrace and celebrate diversity”.

The Rural Communities Connect project will launch on Good Relations Week 2023 with the commencement of The COSY Club, an over 55s group, which will provide free lunch, a space to socialise with others from the local area and optional fun activities.  The first COSY Club will take place in Chandler’s House, Rathfriland on Tuesday 19th September from 10am-1pm. Sessions will alternate between Chandler’s House (Tuesdays 10am-1pm) and Carcullion House, Hilltown (Thursdays 1-4pm).  To register your interest in attending the COSY Club or to find out more about the Rural Communities Connect Project email or call 07784359820.