JP Flintoff

Changing communities together

By John-Paul Flintoff

As part of the Together project, in Northern Ireland, I have been lucky to run workshops with a huge range of individuals and groups, from all kinds of backgrounds.

The workshops provided skills training in the areas of change-making, communication, confidence, creativity and leadership. I learned so much from the people in every group, and I'm extremely grateful – even (or especially) when they didn't want to do what I had planned, as shown in this film, and I learned to come up with something better.

This video shows most of the groups we worked with, and where I can I'm including a web link here, so you can find out more: Active Communities Network, Alternatives NI, Corymeela, Dundonald High School, Hydebank Wood Young Offenders College and Women's Prison, New Lodge Arts Group, New Lodge Youth Group, Grand Orange Lodge of Ireland, Public Achievement, Sandy Row Community Centre, Shankill Women's centre, United Youth, Young Influencers, and Youth Action.

The film was shot and edited by the brilliant film-maker Michael Foster, with Carl Quinn, Gary Stewart and Mark Rainey.

Thank you to Eva Grosman and John Alderdice of the Centre for Democracy and Peace Building, for the original idea, and saying yes, Conor Houston for making the workshops actually happen, and to the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister, for funding support.

For more ideas about change, and leadership, take a look at my YouTube playlist

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Posted: June 12, 2016

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