The Western Routes project originated through a collaborative
approach between Community Relations Officers in Cookstown etc
and the Future Ways Programme at the University of Ulster. Western
Routes was established in 1997 and the strategic aim of the project
is to enhance the process of peace and reconciliation in and between
the five district council areas in the counties of Tyrone &
Fermanagh. Future Ways - A programme Supportive of Community
Understanding. The Understanding Conflict Trust initiated a partnership
with the University of Ulster to develop specific initiatives
in Community Relations Training; to support practical reconciliation
programmes; to assist the development of community relations policies
and practice within public institutions, the private sector and
1. Within Councils - the programme will assist policy & programme development and support staff seeking to develop services with a greater community awareness, with a focus on enhancing the role of the Community Relations Officers.
2. Within and between the local communities - working with women's groups, local umbrella groups, church groups and regional networks.
3. Local partnerships - working directly with and in support of local district partnerships.
4. Inter agency work - in conjunction with initiatives such as
Counteract, Sport in the Community, Economic Development, Interface
and Adult Education Programmes.
To provide training opportunities in community relations issues.
To work directly with EU Partnership Boards.
To support the development of inter church groups within the region.
To support communities in disadvantaged areas & those areas most affected by the conflict.
Western Routes will be supportive of projects seeking to develop
community relations initiatives in border communities.