The Housing Executive and Verbal celebrate €1.3m PEACE IV funding to transform the lives of over 1500 Housing Executive Tenants in new Listen, Share, Change project.

Launch of Listen, Share, Change

A new Northern Ireland wide project, Listen, Share, Change that will transform the lives of over 1500 people was launched on Thursday 20 September 2018, at Crumlin Road Gaol, Belfast.

The project is being led by the Housing Executive and Verbal (supported through €1.3m of EU funding under the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU programmes Body (SEUPB).

Diversity, heritage, conflict

Listen, Share, Change uses the Reading Rooms model of immersive storytelling to inspire meaningful conversations and in turn address the needs of Housing Executive tenants across Northern Ireland.

By engaging participants in reading and discussion around purposefully selected literary works, they will be encouraged to explore and reflect on issues relevant to their own lives such as diversity, heritage and conflict.

Building positive relations

The Housing Executive and Verbal led project aims to build positive relations between people from different communities and backgrounds.

Fifty-two communities will be engaged during the project with a view to developing 26 cross-community partnerships.

It will provide OCN Level 2 training in Facilitation Skills for Shared Reading for over 120 volunteers, who will then become Neighbourhood Champions further implementing the Reading Rooms model at a local level beyond the project term.

In addition 104 Future Youth Leaders who will promote active citizenship and engagement.

Listen Share Change logoGET INVOLVED

Referrals for the Listen, Share, Change rolling programme are welcomed from agencies and organisations working with young people and can be made by contacting:

The project co-coordinator at Verbal, Louise Moore, [email protected]

Or via the project leaders at the Housing Executive:

Gareth Doran, (South Antrim, East, Causeway & West), [email protected]

Gus Moore (Belfast North, South, West, East, Lisburn & Castlereagh),
[email protected]

Sean Brennan (South Mid Ulster, South, South West, South Down, North Down & Ards)
[email protected]