Young people from across district enjoy ‘Better Together’ summer camp

Young people enjoying the Better Together summer camp in August 2015

Published: 3rd September 2015

Young people from rural areas across the Fermanagh and Omagh district have enjoyed a week of fun and learning with a new summer camp for the area called ‘Better Together’.

The ‘Better Together’ summer camp was organised by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and funded by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister ‘Building a United Community’ initiative, administered by the Education Authority (Western area).

From Monday 3 to Friday 7 August, 60 11 to 13 year olds participated in a packed programme of cultural, team building and outdoor activities across the Fermanagh and Omagh district. Activities included ‘Getting to Know You’ sessions at the Bawnacre Centre, Irvinestown, canoeing on Lough Erne, a shared history trip to Devenish Island, film making and arts activities at the Share Centre, Lisnaskea and good relations activities at Hospital Road Community Centre, Omagh.

The group also enjoyed an overnight residential at Todd’s Leap Activity Centre, Ballygawley, where they participated in a number of high adrenaline and action packed outdoor activities.

The camp finished with a visit to the Ulster American Folk Park enabling the young people to learn more about their shared history. The group also took part in an evaluation session at the Folk Park to reflect on their week’s activities and discuss their learning and development. All activities throughout the week were free of charge.

Supervised bus transport was also provided as part of the summer camp to ensure young people from rural areas could participate fully in the programme.

Speaking about the ‘Better Together’ summer camp, Vice-Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Paul Robinson, explained that the ‘Better Together’ summer camp was designed to encourage peacebuilding, challenge stereotypes, increase understanding and develop positive relationships between young people from different backgrounds.

“The ‘Better Together’ summer camp was a huge success, bringing together young people from right across the Fermanagh and Omagh district who ordinarily might never have the opportunity to meet.

It was wonderful to hear how the young people, who participated in the programme, grew in confidence and developed new friendships throughout the week.

I hope that the participants will share their experiences and learning with their family and friends.”

The group of 60 young people will continue to meet into the autumn to organise an event to showcase and celebrate their learning and achievements from their participation in the ‘Better Together’ summer camp.

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