This weekend, PPI-NI had its second Leadership Development Programme (LDP) residential of the year. The residential was the second of three in the YMCA Ireland’s Reconciliation and Peace Peer (RAPP) course.
Twelve participants from interface communities in North, West and East Belfast participated in the three day residential at the Life Adventure Centre in Enniskillen. This stage of RAPP was focused on exploring the many identities that exist in Northern Ireland. Through workshops on history, community relations and child protection, the young people involved furthered their goals of becoming youth and community outreach workers in their respective areas.
Daryl Petticrew, LDP co-ordinator and RAPP facilitator led the weekend. “It’s really inspiring to see this group gel like it has. This is their second weekend together and it already feels like a family. The guys and girls here are really excited about LDP and the opportunities it can offer both in their career goals and in helping their areas.”
In addition to the workshops, the weekend included an afternoon of teambuilding exercises ranging from puzzles, to archery, to raft building. Although the water was far from warm, the spirits were high amongst the group.
The next residential is the weekend of April 30th. After this final residential, PPI-NI is excited have a new class of LDP graduates.
Sweet to the beat indeed……