Promoting reconciliation and integration through safe mediation (PRISM)
Promoting reconciliation and integration through safe mediation (PRISM) works with communities across Northern Ireland. Run by the British Red Cross and other organisations, the project helps people explore and share the issues that drive them apart and bring them together.
Through the PRISM project, people from different cultural backgrounds come together to make connections with people from their own and other communities.
This includes the two traditional communities in Northern Ireland as well as people from different ethnic origins. The goal is to celebrate diversity and support people to live, learn and socialise together.
Connecting people and communities in Northern Ireland
PRISM started by conducting research to understand the issues these communities face and identify groups to work with. Based on their findings, the project developed a series of workshops where people:
- get to know new people and make friends from other communities
- enjoy positive and fun times together
- learn and understand more about their own and other communities
- find out how to share their new experiences and ideas with others in their communities
- feel more connection to the people they live with in Northern Ireland.
We believe this will lead to people improving their own wellbeing and building better connections between communities.
The project engages with seven communities across Northern Ireland:
- north and west Belfast
- south and east Belfast
PRISM project research report
The project will finish on 21 March 2021 and has published a research report on the experiences of people taking part in the project.