2019-20 COL

Information on 2019-2020 Circle of Learning Programme

The 2019-2020 Circle of Learning programme will come to an end after another successful series of events.

Circle of Learning is devised to provide a continuity of learning within and between communities by supporting the transfer of knowledge and learning between established leaders and groups who are less experienced in community development practices.

The programme has been running since 2013 and in what will be a slight change to the delivery model the 2019/20 programme will select four hubs across the region that will be tasked with supporting the work of four organisations in their area that require capacity development. The four hubs will be:

1.      Derry/Londondery: Leafair Community Association

2.      Belfast: Groundwork NI

3.      Derry/Londonderry: Sperrin Cultural Awareness Association

4.      Lurgan: Shankill Caring Parish Association

The 12 groups will be benefitting from a local organisation to support their efforts to develop smaller organisations and to provide mentoring support, which will be facilitating them feeding into the region wide network. The networking programme will include regular meetings, residentials, study visits and will provide a small budget for social action projects.

Throughout the year the 12 groups, which will include community associations, faith groups, youth groups, women’s groups and cultural groups from across Northern Ireland, will be participating in opportunities for: 

1.      Increased opportunities for engagement and collaboration between participating groups taking part in structured networking and learning exchanges

2.      Relationship building between groups, to share information, seek advice and get advice on plans

3.      Increase capacity of groups through the up-skilling and emergence of dynamic community activists