● Rt. Hon Lord Mayor Councillor Pat Convery hosted official observance of UN Peace Day, led one minute silence and presented Inspiration awards on 21st September at a public event in City Hall. Following the event the What Difference Does a Day Make DVD was available for public showings in a mini theatre sited on City Hall grounds.
● A Postcard Collection book containing 15 different types of postcards. These were used to raise awareness of UN Peace Day and were distributed to over 500 contacts, including all MLAs, Belfast councillors, MPs, MEPs and a range of statutory, community and voluntary organisations. Recipients were encouraged to spread the word of Peace Day by sending individual postcards to family, friends and colleagues.
● Launch of ‘What Difference Does a Day Make’, produced to profile Springboard’s Peace Day campaign. The promotional DVD featured Charmaine McBride, a former Springboard participant.
● Launch of inaugural Inspiration Awards, with the Celebrity Award presented to Barry McGuigan and the Young Person Inspiration Award going to former Springboard participant, Lisa Connolly.
● ‘Art in Diversity’, an intergenerational project in which young people worked in partnership with Engage with Age. Following discussions around what peace meant to both generations, an art exhibition was developed featuring two murals and a number of Irish Bogwood and brass work sculptures. All pieces depicted the true meaning of peace, harmony and balance for young and elderly participants alike.
● Intergenerational projects with Fairhaven Residential Centre and Carlisle Circus Day Centre which led to young and old creating peace gardens.
● ‘Race for Peace’ event to promote positive relationships between the PSNI, NI Ambulance Service, NI Fire Rescue Service and young people, as well as raising awareness of the Peace Day Campaign. The day was highly successful with over 63 Springboard participants taking part and over 55 members from the services
● ‘Come Try It’ Sports Day with Botanic primary school.