Breen Centre

Community Conversations NI

A virtual community forum which facilitates dialogue around local area issues for excluded community activists, projects and organisations

We plan to compile these conversations into a research paper which documents the levels of exclusion from funding and community development experienced by grass-roots activists and projects across Northern Ireland since the implementation of the ‘Peace Process’. The aim is to raise awareness and discussion about the lack of capacity and positive engagement from non-Irish Nationalist communities in the current peace process strategy

To ensure we reach unheard, ignored and under-represented voices in those communities we will invite presentations and participants based on their experiences of exclusion


One key issue emerging from our recent Community Conversations is the need for ‘Our Own Media Outlet’. Therefore, we are providing capacity to develop an online Radio/WebTV channel which promotes and highlights issues affecting marginalised community organisations across Northern Ireland.


First Conversation

Monday 2nd November 2020 at 7pm

Facilitation of discussion for local groups with no access to resources, ignored by funders or lacking community development capacity. Why does Rathcoole still not have proper community facilities after 60 years of deprivation? Here is a community video document of the area in 1992….. while the physical state of the estate has been developed, there are still NO community facilities in Rathcoole since its establishment in 1960’s. 

Thanks to everyone who attended the online event, we will publish a summary of our findings shortly! 



Second Conversation

Monday 9th November 2020 at 7pm

How can a more inclusive environment be created in North Belfast?

Below is a clarification statement by the HUBB project in North Belfast regarding recent community issues in the area


Third Conversation

Monday 16th November at 7pm

How can a more inclusive environment be created for excluded people and community organisations?


Forth Conversation

Monday 23rd November at 7pm

Discussion of community issues and ways of strengthening communities around the Fermanagh area


Fifth Conversation

Monday 30th November 2020 at 7pm

Conversation to help create a more inclusive community environment


Sixth Conversation

Monday 7th December 2020 at 7pm

Issues affecting the community in the Ballysally area of Coleraine


Seventh Conversation

Monday 14th December 2020 at 7pm

Issues affecting the community in Carrickfergus and surrounding areas

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