On 15 April 2015, First Minister the Rt Hon Peter D. Robinson MLA and deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness MLA announced the launch of a pilot programme of 100 summer camps for young people. This is one of the headline actions of the Together: Building a United Community Strategy published in May 2013.

The T:BUC Strategy reflects the N.I Executive’s commitment to improving community relations and continuing the journey towards a more united and shared society. The relevant strategic aim relating to young people is:

‘To continue to improve attitudes amongst our young people and to build a community where they can play a full and active role in building good relations.’

The T:BUC Camps Programme is funded by the Executive Office and administered by the Education Authority.

About

Beginning in summer 2015, the programme provided a range of opportunities for young people aged 11 to 19 across Northern Ireland to come together  to build positive relationships across what have become divided parts of our community. The Camps are about challenging historic positions, encouraging debate and discussion and providing a way for young people to get to know each other, try new experiences, have fun and help to build longer term relationships. Camps must be delivered on a cross-community basis, with good relations learning at the heart of every camp.

Over £7 million of funding has been awarded to date. 569 Camps have been delivered to over 20,000 young people. It is anticipated that a further 87 Camps will be delivered in 2020/21.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2020-2021

The 2020/21 T:BUC Camps Programme is closed for applications.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2019-20

The 2019/20 T:BUC Camps Programme is closed for applications.

T:BUC Camps in the Community 2019-20

T:BUC Camps in the Community events bring young people from different Camp projects together for a larger residential experience.

Participants are engaged in good relations activities and team building exercises, and have an opportunity to share their different experiences of T:BUC Camps whilst learning about different cultures and issues relevant to young people. Participants are also given the opportunity to plan social action projects to deliver in their own communities.

Three residential Camps in the Community events were delivered to 331 young people from across Northern Ireland between September and November 2019 at Corrymeela in Ballycastle, the Share Centre in Lisnaskea and at Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle. A final day event was held at Parliament Buildings in Stormont in February 2020. 120 young people and 25 invited guests, including Junior Minister Gordon Lyons, were in attendance.

During each event participants are also given the opportunity to plan social action projects to deliver within their own communities.

The videos below showcase 2019/20 T:BUC Camps in the Community events.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2018-19

130 Camps received funding in 2018-19, you can find details of the programmes and awards on the EA website via the link below:

T:BUC Camps in the Community 2018-19

The participants are given time to plan social action projects to be delivered in their local communities. The video below showcases these projects.

The video's below are of T:BUC Camps in the Community events. The first one was held on 6 and 7 October at the Share Centre in Lisnaskea. The second one was held on 20 and 21 October 2018, at Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle Co. Down.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2017-18

113 T:BUC Camps were delivered within the 2017-18 programme with 4,200 young people participating. The following infographic shows the key findings of the evaluation.

TBUC Camps Evaluation 2017-18 infographic
TBUC Camps Evaluation 2017-18 infographic

The full evaluation of the 2017/18 programme is via the link below:

T:BUC Camps Programme 2016-17

104 camps received funding in 2016/17, details of these camps can be found via the link below:

Summer Camps Pilot Programme 2015 – Evaluation

A full and independent evaluation of the Summer Camps Pilot Programme 2015 has been carried out by the Strategic Investment Board (SIB).  You can view the Together Building a United Community Summer Camps - Final Evaluation Report below:

Equality Impact Screening and Statement of Impact

The Section 75 Screening Form of the T:BUC Camps Programme is available at the link below:

If you would like more information about T:BUC Camps Programme, please contact the T:BUC Camps Team.

Rural Impact Statement

It is intended that the Summer Camps Programme would have a positive impact on young people living in both urban and rural areas. In order to rural proof this policy, we have developed a Rural Impact Statement for the programme, which can be viewed via the link below:

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