Launch of Laughter Builds Friendships Programme

Councillor Junior McCrum, Chairman of Banbridge District Council, launched the above programme held on Monday 17 December.

The programme has been successful in obtaining funding through the Strategic Grants Programme of the PEACE III Southern Partnership and will be managed by the Council’s Community Services Section.  The programme has received £100,000 from the PEACE III Southern Partnership and supported by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through the EU Programme for Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. 

The programme will be offered to both schools and public through three key elements:

  • Primary School Programme – cross community drama delivered to all P6/P7 students
  • Post Primary School Programme – film project addressing sectarian themes delivered to 12 – 16 year old students
  • Public Programme – two drama/comedy events addressing shared experiences of “The Troubles” in which the general public will participate

Councillor McCrum stated that “this innovative approach aims to build commonality, rather than difference, utilising humour as the tool to engage and educate children, young people and adults in an interactive programme of meaningful activities”.