The Community Relations Information Centre was funded by PSEPII
until March 1997. The centre operated from 31 Castle Lane, Belfast
as a resource facility and shop window for community relations
publications. These included manuals, reports, leaflets, guidelines,
directories, grant forms and books produced by up to 70 organisations
including the Community Relations Council. The centre was a unique
facility providing the most comprehensive collection of material
available for those seeking support and encouragement for community
It was also a useful outlet for organisations producing such material,
who often lacked opportunities for wide dissemination. The centre
was based in a busy pedestrian part of Belfast City centre and
was very visible and accessible. It also promoted its services
by organising displays in local libraries throughout Northern
The Centre was much used and enquiries rose to 5,000 per year.
While most callers had some interest or experience of community
relations work already they were often unaware of the range of
support available or where to turn to for help or advice. The
centre was also a convenient outlet for the increasing range of
relevant material being produced.
While PSEPII funding of the centre has ended the need for the
centre has continued and alternative premises have been opened
at College Sq. East with funding from CCRU.