Sometimes the ‘Vision’ statement isn’t quite the reality

Groundwork NI has a really nice sounding Vision statement and I’ll be returning to them in a lot more detail in coming weeks;

Our Vision

– the kind of world we want to live in

Our vision is of a peaceful and inclusive society made up of vibrant, healthy and safe communities, which respect the local and global environment and where people and enterprise prosper

They are a well funded body but more on that in coming weeks;

We receive funding from a range of sources including the European Union, Local Government, National Lottery, public agencies, the private sector and other sources, such as charitable Trusts.

Which makes their Director’s comment on work on Loyalist bonfires seem a little strange;

2009 has been the critical test for beacons – the test being not only for loyalism in demonstrating their commitment to change and moving forward, but also to us as a democracy in accommodating that change. A place where difference is not only accepted but also respected and allowed to flourish in more creative and imaginative ways. If we don’t do this, then we are guilty of another form of prejudice

Actively promoting difference? Looking for more imaginative and creative ways to do that? And those that disagree are prejudiced?

She is taking the piss?

  • Pigeon Toes

    Can I get a grant for hurling stones and abuse at Mr Pigeon Toes?

    In the interests of Peace of course…

  • wj

    I believe a major contract they had with DSD is not being renewed

  • Pigeon Toes

    I’ll have to set up my own “charity”/Social entrepreneur group.

    I’m thinking of calling in “Continued Relationships After Peace Process”


  • Mark McGregor


    There’s an all encompassing look at the work they/others are involved in going on in the background. If you have any pointers drop me a mail – or to Mick if you prefer.

  • alan56

    Understand the point of the thread but there are loads of good people working in the Groundwork organisation and in some areas they are doing good stuff. But the statement you quote above… well how can anyone defend that!

  • unionistvoter

    “He is taking the piss?”

    actually it’s she

  • and apparently West Cavan is part of GNI’s sphere of operations.

    Groundwork Northern Ireland is able to build on its community-based approach and offer a ‘human side’ to GIS.

    Maybe the old SatNav needs a little tweeking!

  • Mark McGregor

    I’ll fix it. Wouldn’t want accusations of prejudice.

  • pinni

    Our vision is of a peaceful and inclusive society made up of vibrant, healthy and safe communities

    Is there any chance of extending the programme south (or west) of the border? Looks like some folks there could do with a help in this area!

    BBC: NI students attacked in Gaeltacht

  • No need, PT. GNI operates in association with Intercomm and the latter’s WEAVE2 project might have something that’s right up your street eg ‘how to make & sell fashionable hand-made products’. A small gift for Mr PT?

  • Mark McGregor

    I might do a blog on culchies being scumbags – never got over the attack by Attical yokels on me and fellow teenage campers πŸ˜‰

    Though it has nothing to do with this entry. I think we call it whatthefeckyoutalkingabouterywilis

  • “The Re-Imaging Communities Programme is funded by the Shared Communities Consortium, made up of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, OFMDFM, DSD, DCAL, Community Relations Council, PSNI, SOLACE (Society of Local Authority Chief Executives), International Fund for Ireland, NI Housing Executive and the Department of Justice.” .. GNI website

    A ‘deep dive’ audit of RICP projects might yield some eye-opening results. Fools and other peoples’ money are easily parted!!

  • lamhdearg

    Money for old rope.

  • William Markfelt

    I’m all for ‘difference’ (as long as public money isn’t used). It often appears that the intention, in life in general, is to create round pegs for round holes. F*** that.

    I want little hexagonal people yelling and screaming at the notion we’re all ‘one size fits all’. (Hello, ‘Hurricane’) Bollocks to that.

    Dreamers, idealists, maybe even someone in a managerial position declaring ‘I’m gonna avoid all this management speak’. Great!

    ‘Flourishing beacons’, on the other hand, smells like a duck and walks and talks like a duck’s back end. WTF did some of us fight the punk wars for? Lady Gaga in charge of Groundwork? Apparently, we lost.

  • joeCanuck

    My cousin used to be a Groundworker. Most people called him gravedigger though.

  • In the context of beacons this statement reads OK. Not sure what the problem is with difference being accepted and respected? Isn’t that what a pluralist democracy is all about?

  • Neil

    Don’t geddit. What’s a beacon? When compared to a bonfire, is there a difference or is it just a friendlier way of saying bonfire?

  • Pigeon Toes

    Has someone finally realised it’s all Bollixology?

  • drumlins rock

    its a wee bonfire on a stick

  • drumlins rock

    Surprise, Surprise, our old friend “Chuck” Feeny has given almost Β£400,000 to Groundwork NI via Atlantic Philantrophies. One of those “private sources” i guess.

  • Local Government Officer

    Is this just going to be the usual hatchet job, with ensuing comments from some of the usual armchair generals…? Just so’s I know which threads to avoid “in the coming weeks”…

  • Greenflag

    De Valera used to have visions although the man was virtually blind for the last 15 years of his life . The visions were of comely maidens (not Mullingar heifers ) athletic sturdy youth (no beer swilling pot bellied tattoed neanders ) and a ‘frugal ‘ spiritual people living a simple life . The reality was 1,000 young people leaving the country every week during the mid 1950’s . Visionaries tend to keep their distance from the realities of mundane life and often use very long words of french origin instead of basic anglo saxon in order to convey their high mindedness πŸ˜‰

    Harsh realities alas and nowhere more than in Norn Iron the have a habit of upsetting the visionaries with the usual brutal gang of societal and economic facts of life πŸ˜‰

    The ‘vision’ thing is a much hyped artefact normally attached to politicians of a certain standing ?

    We are becoming an entirely too skeptical and cynical lot on slugger . We need to reach out for hope , tolerance , inclusivity , they would all be ecumenical matters as Father Jack Hackett would attest πŸ˜‰ .

    Cultures ‘evolve’ over time or are supposed to . Some aspects of both ‘cultures ‘ in NI need more than a dash of expedited ‘evolution’ . The ritual burning of rubber tyres to commemorate a long dead Dutchman being one and the ritualistic attacks on places of worship or community halls being another ;(

  • Greenflag

    A vision of God the separatist (not republican ) as seen by a one time leading NI politician . No marks for guessing who πŸ™‚

    ‘And God has shown me He has a remnant of people in Ulster . He has his own people here . A chosen people ! An elect people ! A redeemed people ! A blood washed people ! A saved people ! A God fearing people ! A separated people ! His people ! And I believe God !

    Having the right kind of hallucination – sorry vision πŸ˜‰ at the right time and in the right circumstances can make all the difference between success and failure in politics . And if you doubt that ask the UUP who have very often been accused of having no vision πŸ˜‰ ?

  • Alias

    Quangos that engage in social engineering via PC indoctrination are the most insidious variety.

  • Nothing wrong with promoting an evolution of diversity – after all as the reporter quotes they advocate both change from the culture and acceptance from the rest of society – but I don’t agree with funding any of it.

    Presumably the author would also agree with me that other similar sinks of public funding on culture, not often (if at all) mentioned in his reporting, should be abandoned too?

  • Greenflag

    And neo con right wing governments that engage in social destruction via the emisseration of the middle and working classes will reap the whirlwind of totalitarian dictatorships of the left or right and in the ensuing bloodbath -scapegoats will be found as always πŸ™

    Quangos despite their ‘idiocies’ are in comparison harmless poor craythurs ;(

  • William Markfelt

    Hatchet job?

    When desk jockeys start on about (in this instance) ‘beacons’, why do you assume there’s no case to stick it between someone’s shoulder blades?

    I do believe that the ‘creative ways of moving forward’ on the Shankill Road a month ago involved face painting and the hiring of an Abba karaoke tribute act.

    Maybe it’s just me, but a really poorly made effigy of the Pope to set upon a ‘beacon’ probably gives greater opportunities for creativity than standing around pissed listening to ‘Dancing Queen’.

  • lamhdearg

    will there be any beacons next weekend for internment, sorry feile.