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.


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.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2020-2021

The 2020/21 T:BUC Camps Programme is open for applications from Friday 22 November 2019 at 4pm.

Together Building a United Community Camps Programme infographic
T:BUC Camps Programme 2020-21 infographic
The Executive Office, in partnership with the Education Authority, will be inviting applications from groups who want to deliver a Camp under the T:BUC Camps Programme 2020/21. The opening date for applications will be 22 November 2019, with a deadline of 4pm on Friday 17 January 2020.

Camps must be held between 1 April 2020 and 29 February 2021. Camps are not limited to the traditional summer period and can take place throughout the year.

Welcoming the opening of the programme and call for applications, Andy Cole, Director of Good Relations and T:BUC, said: “I am delighted to announce the launch of the T:BUC Camps Programme for 2020-21.

“A headline action under the NI Executive’s Good Relations Strategy, this programme has to date successfully engaged over 20,000 young people aged from 11 to 19 from across NI and has provided over £6 million in funding since 2015. In addition to creating new friendships and improving attitudes towards other communities, the programme also provides excellent opportunities for participants to try new activities, improve their confidence, develop leadership skills, increase understanding of their own and other cultures and traditions, and make an impact in their own communities through social action projects.”

Applications are invited from:

  • EANI registered youth organisations;
  • Bona fide voluntary and community organisations (including churches/faith based organisations, sports groups, art groups etc.);
  • Regional organisations that have experience in working with young people;
  • Councils; and
  • Schools.

Young people taking part in the Camp must be aged between 11 and 19 years and each Camps must be run on a cross community basis.

How to apply

Further information can be found in the Guidance Notes and Application Form which can be found on the Education Authority website.

Hard copies are available on request from the Education Authority.

The Education Authority will be running workshops to support groups to develop their programmes and assist with the applications process. Details are provided within the application form.

The Education Authority have produced a resource pack and published it to their website to assist groups with the delivery of good relations during the three phases of their T:BUC Camp. This is a useful resource, particularly for those groups less experienced in delivering good relations.

T:BUC Camps Programme 2019-20

The 2019/20 T:BUC Camps Programme is now 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.

The video's below are from T:BUC Camps in the Community events in 2019. The first one was held on 21 and 22 September at Corrymeela in Ballycastle. The second was held at the Share Centre in Lisnaskea. The final event was held on 2 and 3 November at Greenhill YMCA in Newcastle.

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

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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