About Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC)

The 'Together: Building a United Community' (T:BUC) Strategy, published on 23 May 2013, reflects the Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society.

Together Building a United Community logo What is the aim of the Strategy?

The T:BUC Strategy outlines how government, community and individuals are working to build a united community and achieve change against the following key priorities:

  • our children and young people
  • our shared community
  • our safe community
  • our cultural expression
  • Each of the four key priorities also has a set of tangible and practical commitments.

T:BUC Camps programme is a headline action of the T:BUC Strategy. The programme is funded by the Executive Office and focuses on building positive relationships based on mutual understanding and respect.

T:BUC Camps 2022 - Newry, Mourne & Down

The four schools in the South Armagh Shared Education Partnership (St Joseph’s HS Crossmaglen, Newry HS, Newtownhamilton HS & St Paul’s HS) delivered the T:BUC Camps Programme for the first time this year. The programme was delivered in partnership with the Education Authority and NMDDC’s Newry and Slieve Gullion DEA coordinators.

How is the Strategy delivered?

The Strategy is delivered through the T:BUC funded programmes, these are managed by the Executive Office and other government departments. Further information available via the links below:

Forthspring Activity Day (Central Good Relations Fund) 

What difference has the Strategy made?

The T:BUC Annual Reports outline the positive progress across the headline actions and across the four key priorities and provides an overview of some of the work taken forward under the strategy.

Further information

T:BUC Funding Forums

T:BUC Funding Forums, hosted by the Good Relations & T:BUC Division, give attendees the opportunity to find out about the Executive Office funding available for good relations programmes at events in local council areas. Details of future T:BUC Funding Forums will be released ahead of the opening competitions for T:BUC Camps and Central Good Relations funding programmes.

Contested Space/Interface Programme

Current actions include options for developing shared space within a rural context. The strategy continues to support and contribute to the Department of Justice’s objective on interface removal through Good Relations work and active participation in meetings with various interface groups.

Community Relations Council

The Community Relations Council (CRC) is a key delivery partner for departmental good relations policy, including the implementation of the aims and objectives of the T:BUC strategy. For more information on CRC, please visit the Community Relations Council website.

Review of Good Relations Funding delivery

Future funding arrangements must be both strategic and flexible to respond to the differing levels of capacity amongst organisations working to build a united community. Throughout the review of the good relations funding delivery process a number of events have been held and an evaluation of the events was carried out. You can view the evaluation report at the link below:

Impact Assessments

Good Relations Week 2022 (T:BUC Trees) 

Good Relations & T:BUC Privacy Notices

The Privacy Notices below outline how the Good Relations & Together Building a United Community (T:BUC) division handles personal information.

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