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 that are less experienced in community development practices.

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

1.      Ards/North Down: Ards Communtiy Network

2.      Mid-Ulster: Sperrin Cultural Awareness Association

3.      Antrim and Newtownabbey: Impact NI

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

Throughout the year, the 12 groups, which includes community associations, faith groups, youth groups, women’s groups and cultural groups from across Northern Ireland, are 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

Residential November 2019 with groups and facilitators

We enjoyed our two residentials (November 2019 & February 2020) and look forward to two more networking events!