Peacebuilding Summer School Places Open To Local Students

Logoimg 041017 Application froms can be aquired through West Armagh Consortium or any of the other partners.  


University of Massachusetts, International Peace Education Resources, Ulster University

Summer School


8-18 July 2022 (in person)




(bursaries available)

The Department of Conflict Resolution, Human Security and Global Governance at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, University of Massachusetts Boston, (UMASS) in partnership with Ulster University’s INCORE and the John Hume and Tip O'Neill Chair in Peace and community-based charity International Peace Education Resources (IPER) invite applications for the 2022 Summer Institute on Peacebuilding, Public Order and Conflict Management. This unique programme is back in a new location in person after two years of pandemic shut down.

Described by one former participant as ‘life-changing’, this exciting course is led by Professor Marie Breen-Smyth. It is delivered by UMASS and Ulster University professors from INCORE and the Hume O'Neill Chair, Rural Community Network, Holywell Trust, the Newgate Centre, as well as high profile activists and politicians from across the spectrum in Northern Ireland.

This year, we will be based in person on Ulster University’s Magee Campus, in Derry Londonderry. The programme includes classroom-based work, a film screening and panel discussions alongside study visits to sites and events in Armagh, Portadown, Derry Londonderry and Belfast where you will meet local community organisations who participate in the design and delivery of the programme.

Sitting with diverse classmates from around the globe, participants will draw comparisons between the local situation and other societies such as South Africa and Israel / Palestine add to the international dimension.

Instructor/s: UMASS Professors Darren Kew, Ebeb Weitzman, Karen Ross and Marie Breen-Smyth, Ulster Professors Brandon Hamber Brandon Hamber, Bill Rolston, Monica McWilliams and Dr Adrian Grant, Queen’s University’s Dr Lisa Whitten & local community-based peace-building experts.

There are no prerequisites for joining the course.

COST: Local participants (UK and Ireland and Europe)

Residential: £1120                 Non-residential: £750

To apply, please complete the application form and send to Sinead Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Armagh, Banbridge and Portadown Council, have funded four full residential bursaries for applicants resident in the ABC Council area.

If you reside in the Armagh Council area and wish to apply for a bursary please complete the bursary application form and send to Sinead Grant at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

A limited number of other bursaries will be advertised on Twitter @INCOREinfo or www.facebook.com/incoreinfo  

International applicants wishing to obtain university credits through UMASS please check out the website and contact Kelly Ward-Mason at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for further information.

Partners include:

University of Massachusetts (Boston)


Ulster University (INCORE / Hume O'Neill Peace Chair)

Armagh, Banbridge and Portadown Council

Rural Community Network

Bloody Sunday Trust

West Armagh Consortium

Job Opportunities With Women's Aid

Womens Aid

JOB DESCRIPTION Training & Development Coordinator

Ref: T&DC May 22

Job Title: Training & Development Coordinator

Accountable to: Support Service Manager

Responsible for: Staff in the development and delivery of programmes

Location: Any WAAD venue as required.
Summary of Post: 

1/ To assist the Manager in the coordination and delivery of the Wellbeing, Hope & Resilience project.
2/ Develop, resource and implement a suite of wellbeing programmes and activities in line with the HSCNI “Step Care Model” (Regional Mental Health Care Pathway) (You In Mind)
3/ Lead on the achievement of WAAD becoming an OCN accredited centre of excellence.
4/ Deputising for Support Services Manager
5/ Recruitment, processing and management of volunteers and placements.



Job Title:  Wellbeing Support Worker (Fixed term contract) 35hrs.

Accountable To: Support Service Mamager

Responsible For: Wellbeing Buddies.


Women’s Aid Armaghdown currently has four separate venues from which we provide support services. Our Refuge provides safe secure crisis accommodation to women and their children and our Resource Centres provides a wide range of support services to women living in the community.

This post can be required to work from any of our venues in Armagh, Newry or Portadown but is predominantly based in the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Area.


  1. To support and empower women, and their children, using Women’s Aid services who have experienced domestic/sexual abuse and violence (and other forms of violence against them), to make their own decisions.
  2. To support the ethos, vision & aims of Women’s Aid in supporting and empowering women and children.
  3. To provide a range of wellbeing interventions and support processes and programmes for women who have been living with the impact of domestic/sexual violence and abuse.
  4. To address the impact on mental health & wellbeing as a consequence of Covid19. The staff will support women in the community who have experienced DA, to promote independent living, focusing on the exacerbation of mental health, chronic loneliness, isolation and poverty, while being responsive to the needs that arise as we move into a “new normal”.
  5. Assist with the design, create, implementation and monitoring of the Wellbeing Buddies element of the larger project that is in line with Women’s Aid development plans and is responsive to the need of service users.
  6. Support and guide Wellbeing Buddy volunteers who will work with women to identify their own hopes and goals. Along with these volunteers, staff will motivate service users to engage in activities to increase resilience and maintain wellbeing. As well as supporting service users to develop confidence and increase self-esteem in a supportive environment.
  7. Develop, resource and implement a basket of wellbeing activities for the project.
  8. Assist the Coordinator with the design, implementation and facilitation of wellbeing programmes.
  9. To work with a wide range of women who may have complex needs.
  10. To take all possible steps to ensure the safety, confidentiality/data protection and reduction of risk of the service users, staff and the management of Women’s Aid.