The BRAID project has been developed in conjunction with Co-Operation Ireland to promote Good Relations in the Ballymena area.

The aim is to promote positive relationships between people from a different political, religious or racial background, is key to improving the quality of life for everyone in our communities – making our communities a better place to live, work, socialise and do business.

Fairness, equality and respect should be at the heart of everything that is done.

These values are central to the BRAID project and underpin all of the elements of the project

The three community groups involved in the project are The Carson Project based in Harryville, the Dunclug Youth Forum and Doury Road Development Group.

Each of these three groups are committed to work together in harmony to develop and build on good relations through a series of events that will act as a catalyst to establish their goals.

The BRAID project has many strands and include planning meetings attending partnership meetings, help from professional mentors with expertise in good relations and community development.

Study trips have also taken place to other organisations where one can learn from best practice from their experience.

The project continues up to the end of March 2019 and meetings with local council officials are being planned as well as urban/rural network meetings.

Quite a lot of time and resources is being given to a youth strand where youth from different backgrounds and communities will engage in a tailored series of events that include weekly sessions monthly activities design and delivery of a social action project/training in good relations, cultural diversity, first aid, food hygiene and completing their own CV.

Those youth participating will be aged 11-15 on a cross community basis .There will be a total of 18 youth participating with at least 6 of those being youth who have been excluded from main stream clubs and who possibly could be influencing other youth.

Shared Future Concert

The BRAID project is currently organising a Shared Future Concert to be held either on 4th.or  5th.March date to be confirmed at the Braid Arts Centre Bridge Street Ballymena.

It is hopeful that the P.S.N.I pipe band and the Garda concert band will take to the stage in what promises to be the concert of the year. The P.S.N.I pipe band is a championship pipe band with major success in competitions behind them. The Garda band performs all over Ireland and is a full time concert band with approximately 30 musicians and singers. So if you like Glenn Miller swing music or prefer Michael Buble  ,Ed Sherran or Frank Sinatra songs with some country and western mixed with pop and rock and roll, then this concert is a must ant truly reflects good relations with its diverse and inclusive programme.

Further details of this concert will be confirmed in early February .


An end of project residential is being arranged where group members can evaluate the project in conjunction with Co-Operation Ireland. This evaluation is important as it gives the members time to reflect and consider what was good about the project. Questions to be answered would also be what did not perhaps work well and how if needed could the project be improved .

All groups associated with the project to date are to be congratulated in their efforts and commitment as they give of their time on a voluntary basis.

The group would also like to thank the help and support given not only currently but many times in the past of Mid And East Antrim Council Good Relations Team especially Bebhinn McKinley and Jane Dunlop.