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Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Peace Foundation

he Foundation’s very first programme was the ‘Tim Parry Scholarship’* (above). New projects were developed and in 2001, the Foundation undertook a study looking at the specific needs of GB based victims of the Northern Ireland conflict. From this report, work began to provide  support and assistance to those victims.

Terrorist attacks, such as ‘9/11’ and ‘7/7’, which came after the 1998 Good Friday Agreement in Northern Ireland, led to the Foundation developing new programmes, working not only with young people but also adults and communities across Britain, in building peace and conflict resolution skills.

Our work is made up of projects that evolve to keep pace with contemporary challenges.  We focus on young people, offering leadership development, and work with those who are at risk from violence and extremism.

We work with women’s groups to build their skills, recognising their unique abilities to influence their families and their communities.

We help British and British-based citizens who are victims or survivors of terrorism in this country or overseas.

WAVE Trauma Centre

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

The overall aim of the WAVE Trauma Centre as a cross-community, voluntary, regional organisation is to offer care and support to anyone bereaved, injured or traumatised through the ‘Troubles’ of Northern Ireland.

Since its establishment in 1991, WAVE has offered direct support to over 5,000 individuals; a cross-section of adults, young people and children with over 2,000 people currently engaged in support provision. Typically, over 650 new referrals are received across the organisation each year.

Service delivery includes Counselling; Complementary Therapy; Welfare Advice; Outreach support & Peer Support; Creative and Psycho-Educational projects, Accredited Trauma Training; Transgenerational / Youth services; Advocacy & Casework Service; Truth, Justice & Acknowledgement. Services are delivered regionally across five project centres located in Belfast, Omagh, Armagh, Derry / Londonderry and Ballymoney with associated satellite provision.

Recent developments include the expansion of Clinical Services provision in rural areas and the extension of Trauma Training into Bosnia Herzegovina. If you have been affected by the Troubles and need someone to talk to, please contact us for help.

Useful key words:
CBT
The Disappeared
WAVE Injured Group
Psychoeducation
International reach

VAST (Victims and Survivors Trust)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

The Victims and Survivors Trust (VAST) is a member based organisation established in 1998 serving people who have been affected by the conflict in and about Northern Ireland. Our members meet the legal definition of a victim as outlined in Article 3 of the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Our four strategic aims are

1. Create a place of safety for victims and survivors where they can gain access to services that will improve their individual personal wellbeing.
2. Enable victims and survivors to remember, share their story and listen to others so they can feel valued and supported.
3. Enable victims and survivors to reconnect and recover from their traumatic experiences.
4. Deliver a professional community centred response to the needs of individuals directly affected by the conflict based on research evidence and best practice.

In order to achieve these aims and objectives the Trust delivers a wide variety of services to members including social support, psychological support and truth and justice advocacy.

The Ely Centre Ltd

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

The Ely Centre is a Registered Charity specialising in the provision of multi-disciplinary support services for civilians, security force personnel and their families, who have experienced bereavement and injury as a result of the “Troubles” in Fermanagh and Tyrone.

The Ely Centre is committed to serving innocent victims and survivors, ex service personnel, their families and carers by providing evidenced based outcome focused treatments, prevention and support services that address issues of declining psychological, physical health, social and financial difficulties arising as a result of terrorism.

Our Aims
• To support our members, through the provision of evidenced based, outcome focused therapeutic and psychological support services and programmes.
• To raise awareness, locally and nationally on the overall effects of terrorism on victims and their families.
• To raise awareness on the negative impact of the troubles on individuals mental health.
• To help injured service members and civilians aid and assist each other.
• To provide social, educational and welfare services to meet the needs of injured service members and civilians and their families.
• To create a Memorial to the Victims of the 1987 Enniskillen Poppy Day Bomb.
• To provide Individuals with tailored approaches to treatment by considering each person’s needs and goals.
• To provide Individuals with information relating to services, processes and practitioners to ensure they feel informed, confident and comfortable with utilising our services.
• To develop strategic partnerships with community/voluntary/statutory sector based organisations for the purpose of ensuring quality and sustainable services are provided for our member.
• To develop and delivery community volunteering initiatives, thus empowering our local community and recognising its integral role in our service delivery model.

Our History

The Ely Centre was formed by individuals and family members of the bereaved and injured of the 1987 Enniskillen Remembrance Day Bomb which claimed the lives of 12 innocent people and injured over 70 men, women and children.

The Poppy Day Massacre took place on 8 November 1987. An (IRA) bomb exploded near the town’s war memorial (cenotaph) during the annual Remembrance Sunday ceremony, which was being held to commemorate the dead of both World Wars, all killed were civilians.

In trying to make sense of such a senseless and horrific act of terrorism and deal with the enormous grief and reality of our loss, we felt the need to reach out to other victims who were experiencing the same agony and trauma we felt.

Under the Chairmanship of Mr Jim Dixon(one of the most seriously injured civilians), The Ely Centre has offered support to over 5,000 individuals; a cross-section of adults, young people and children with over 2400 people currently engaged in support provision. Typically, over 200 new referrals are received each year from across Northern Ireland.

The Ely Centre is a proven Centre of Excellence in the community in bridge building. Its aim is to build upon its past experiences of engaging minds, experiences and aspirations for a peaceful community. (SEUPB)

Our Achievements

In September 2014, the Ely Centre received the honour of being the 1st Victims Support organisation from Northern Ireland invited to present on the needs of bereaved and injured of the troubles and legacy issues surrounding young people in Northern Ireland to the European Parliament and European Commission in Brussels.

In 2014 Fermanagh District Council awarded the Ely Centre for our role in promoting and providing volunteer youth and adult befriending services to those isolated throughout the community of Fermanagh.

In 2012 The Ely Centre received the award for the Best Innovative Project from the Community Relations Council for Northern Ireland for our Peace 3 Project aimed at improving the Social and emotional well-being for carers of victims and survivors.

In 2012 The Ely Centre was awarded Second place in the nationwide Best Youth Project in Northern Ireland for our Peace 3 funded ELOHIM project providing peace and reconciliation training, citizenship courses and personal development programmes to over 800 young persons throughout Fermanagh and South Tyrone.

Our Values

Safety:

Promoting the physical and emotional well-being of bereaved and injured civilians and security force personnel; providing an open and accepting environment in which clients can explore their concerns in a professional, ethical & confidential environment.

Respect: Fostering a culture of inclusiveness that honours diversity amongst individuals.

Compassion: Experiencing genuine care and concern for the unique struggles faced by individuals.

Learning: Encouraging the development of awareness, knowledge, and skills as a lifelong process.

Empowerment: Offering individuals information, context, and support to enable them to optimally navigate their life circumstances.

Excellence: Upholding the highest professional and ethical standards and providing leadership in the field of victim support in the community.

Community: Promoting meaningful connection and collaboration, and continually striving to engage honestly and authentically in beneficial relationships.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community
Ex-military community

Survivors of Trauma

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

Founded in 1995 Survivors of Trauma is a community based organisation located in the BT14 area of north Belfast offering counselling as well as a range of complementary therapies.

Survivors of Trauma also deliver a weekly timetable of training and personal development classes including; computer skills courses, soft furnishings, bog oak carving, yoga and painting classes (These classes vary in accordance with demand).

The organisation provides storytelling/reminiscence and trauma workshops in addition to annual remembrance events, cultural evenings and day trips.

A drop – in facility is available as well as advice and support to victims and survivors of the conflict. (All programmes activity is changeable and subject to funding.)

South and East Tyrone Welfare Support

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

We provide support services to ex service members in the South & East Tyrone Area of Tyrone. The services we provide include; welfare, social, educational, health and mental well-being support.

We can be contacted by telephone or by email or by referral from ex services associations.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community
Ex-military community

SEFF (South East Fermanagh Foundation)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

SEFF’s Mission Statement is: “Supporting Victims and Survivors, Strengthening Communities.” SEFF is committed to supporting individuals to make the personal transition from “victim” to “survivor” as part of a process of healing and confidence building.

The organisation has in place 9 CORE aims from which it operates:

1. To represent and lobby on behalf of the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism in effecting positive change for such individuals around the areas of Truth, Justice, Acknowledgement and overall Service provision.
2. To develop services and programmes which improve the physical and mental health & wellbeing of the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’.
3. To develop Transgenerational/Youth services which seek to educate society as to the on-going legacy of 40 plus years of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence.’
4. To improve the financial circumstances of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’ through tailored welfare services and skills-based programmes.
5. To develop strategic partnerships with community/voluntary/statutory sector based organisations for the purpose of ensuring quality and sustainable services are provided for the innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence.’
6. To offer services in an accessible, localised manner which will enable the individual needs of innocent victims and survivors of terrorism and other ‘Troubles related violence’ to be best met.
7. To provide opportunities for Volunteers to develop their skills, so enabling them to be an intrinsic part of the overall service delivery model within SEFF.
8. To empower those whom we support to make the transition from ‘Victim’ to ‘Survivor’ as part of an overall process of individual healing and recovery.
To strengthen the organisation’s ties within the broader community and to develop and/or participate in initiatives which help build a sustainable Peace.

SEFF is positive for the future and will strive to continue its’ work on behalf of victims and survivors. The organisation strives to assist the conditions whereby some of the most traumatised may have some sense of peace and will feel empowered to build their lives for their own betterment, their families and the communities to which they belong.

SEFF also seeks to develop its’ outreach arm particularly around the areas of youth and community development so enabling victims/survivors to re-integrate back into the wider community.

SEFF is non-political, non-sectarian and is very much a family focussed organisation.

The organisation is committed to further build its’ networks across the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland and further afield with other organisations and individuals who subscribe to our ethos that the use of criminal violence in the furtherance of or defence of a political objective is not and was not ever justified in the Northern Ireland context.

Useful key words:
Ex-services community
Ex-security services community

Ex-military community
Innocent Victims United IVU

Relatives for Justice (RFJ)

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

Established in 1991 by relatives of people killed in the conflict Relatives for Justice (RFJ) is a human rights framed victim support NGO that provides holistic support services to the bereaved and injured of the conflict.

RFJ today provides support to the bereaved and injured of all the actors of the conflict on an inclusive and non-judgemental basis.

RFJ aims to provide appropriate therapeutic and developmental based support for the bereaved and injured of the conflict within a safe environment. It seeks to examine and develop transitional justice and truth recovery mechanisms assisting with individual healing, contributing to positive societal change, ensuring the effective promotion and protection of human rights, social justice, and reconciliation in the context of an emerging participative democracy post conflict.  RFJ has supported its members and clients as they negotiate various legal and investigative mechanisms dealing with their loss. This has involved:

  • documentation and analysis of information related to incidents;
  • publishing case studies putting information in the public domain;
  • developing strategic litigation;
  • referring families to qualified solicitors for legal advice;
  • accompanying families to attend trials, hearings, inquests and other legal processes;
  • supporting families and clients in engagement with investigative mechanisms such as criminal investigations by the Police Service of NI (PSNI), case reviews by the Historical Enquiries Team (HET), investigations into complaints against the police by the Office of the Police Ombudsman of NI (OPONI);
  • supporting families in making applications for fresh inquests;
  • providing public commentary on clients’ and families’ perspectives;
  • informing the international community of the difficulties involved in holding the British state and its agencies to account for the deaths it has caused or facilitated.

Equally, and just as importantly, RFJ provides a holistic support package which includes therapeutic support, counselling, complementary therapies, and art therapy.

The organisation provides a range of support classes and activities for families and the injured and carers including painting, quilting, gardening, creative writing and personal development. All of which are designed and run to support individuals and groups to reconnect with the living and develop positive and healthy responses to the effects of trauma.

This integrated approach to recovery draws on international best practice and in particular the approaches of Dr Judith Herman and Dr David Becker.

Relatives for Justice has also developed a gender analysis to all of its work, recognising that men and women who have experienced the same events may well have experienced it differently and may require different support strategies for recovery and for engagement in truth recovery and justice mechanisms.

As such truth recovery, pursuit of justice and acknowledgement, reparations and trauma support is impossible to separate as essential parts of recovery for victims and survivors. They inter-link and rely on each other and only then can effective and equal participation of victims and survivors be secured in transition.

REACT

This organisation receives support from the Victims Support Programme for Groups Working with Victims and Survivors, to deliver some or all of the services that it provides.

Its views do not necessarily reflect those of the Victims and Survivors Service.

REACT is a community organisation based in Armagh City and covers the Mid Ulster area. The service consists of 3 projects: the Community Relations Project, Youth Development Project, and Victims and Survivors Project.

REACT aims to support marginalized groups, young people and victims and survivors of ‘the troubles’ and is focused on addressing community need through reconciliation and community relations work, education, youth development and training.

REACT Victims and Survivors Project offers a range of services including counselling, complementary therapies, respite, personal development and training programmes, craft classes, dance and yoga classes, health and well being programmes, coffee mornings and evenings, and one to one support to victims.