Community Relations, Equality and Diversity
The BB Cred Team
A BB CRED Team has been established to focus on the issues of Community Relations, Equality and Diversity within The Boys' Brigade in Northern Ireland and to provide programme materials to help companies explore these issues with boys and young men.
James Hyde, 1st Killead
Naomi Thompson, 2nd Antrim
Anne Houston, 1st Culnady
If you have any questions about CRED please e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CRED for Anchor Boys
The CRED Team have come up with the fun character 'Incredible Ed' to deliver the CRED programme to our Under 11s. Incredible Ed was introduced to the Anchor Boys in 2014 through a colouring competition.
Anchor Boy Leaders in Charge will receive in the Sept/Oct 2016 mailing InCREDible Ed Activity booklets for every Anchor Boy, containing activities based on Community Relations, Equality and Diversity, at an appropriate level and fun for Boys. Now in CREDible Ed can be introduced to your Boys in this book! You may wish to send this Activity Book home with the Boys, or use over a number of weeks during your programme as a way to introduce CRED. You may also wish to use the Programme on a Plate which will soon be available with a whole evening ready planned for you to raise the topic of CRED. InCREDible Ed's costume can be borrowed from NIHQ Newport for you to use.
We hope you find this useful in your work with your Anchor Boys - please let us know!
Community Relations Equality and Diversity Programme Resources
Free CRED Resources
The following resources are available free to our Companies for collection from NIHQ Newport, while stocks last.
Preparing to Be Incredible is designed to help leaders explore a wide variety of themes around inclusion such as sectarianism, disability awareness, mental health, racism, equality and LGBT, with young people in the over 11s age group; all issues that a group of young people from each of the 6 main uniformed youth organisations in NI identified as relevant to them.
InCREDibly it's Child' Play is for leaders working with the under 11s age group and has activities to help explore the issues of community relations, equality and diversity through play.
Let's Talk Let's Talk is a spiral bound A6 book of pictures paired with common phrases you might use whilst working with children and young people, translated in six languages: English, Arabic, Polish, Chinese, Irish and Ulster Scots. This is a joint initiative with the main uniformed organisations and made possible with funding from the Education Authority. We hope this helps Leaders in situations where they are communicating with children and young people whose first language is not English. We all want to include children and young people of all backgrounds and abilities in our youth work and make their experience a positive one where they feel welcome and involved.
The above publications are all available to collect FREE from NIHQ.
Community Relations Project - Company & Senior Sections
For six years The Boys' Brigade NI District has worked with the five other main Uniformed Youth Groups in NI on Community Relations, Equality and Diversity projects. We are delighted to say that the combined Uniformed Consortium group has secured funding for another year to run the CRED project. We are now seeking applicants for this from BB Companies in NI.
As part of this CRED project we are offering at least two BB Companies the chance to take part:
Three FREE Residential Activity Weekends which are a mix of interactive sessions and outdoor activities. The programme includes culture, diversity, differences between the organisations, differences in uniforms and the different backgrounds of the young people with the aim of creating mutual understanding of each others organisations.
Transport costs covered.
All meals, accommodation and activities paid for.
Free hoodie for each young person taking part.
20-22 October 2017 at The Share Village
1-3 December 2017 at Greenhill YMCA
9-11 February 2018, at Lorne Estate
This project is for 10 -14 year olds (equivalent to school yr 8 - 10).
Young people who have been before are not eligible.
Leaders must attend with the young people.
BB has a total of 12 places for young people along with 3 places for leaders. This total can be made up from more than one BB Company.
Selected participants must attend all three weekends.
If you would be interested in applying for this opportunity to do free community relations work with young people in your Company please email us.