Inside Out

Contact Information

  • Where – Northern Ireland
  • Contact Person – Fergal Barr
  • Email –
  • Address – The Diamond Centre, 630 Barnailt Road, Claudy, Co. Derry, N Ireland, BT47 4EA

Areas of Expertise

Inside Out has expertise in a range of areas, including:

Main Aims and Objectives

Inside Out’s vision is one of “an active and healthy rural youth population in Northern Ireland.” Its mission is “to create, facilitate and promote opportunities for young people to work in partnership with adults to advance and realise the aspirations of young people living in rural areas.” Inside Out does this by ensuring that “young People living in the broader Claudy area are connected, visible and have the means to make a positive and lasting contribution to their local communities in order to influence and shape provision available to them.” Inside Out works to build consensus among young people as to the key issues for development; build a positive working relationship between young people and adults; facilitate and promote interaction between young people from different backgrounds; identify learning opportunities for young people; work with local groups so as to build formal and informal partnerships to address and respond to identified need; implement projects and programmes to address identified need; raise the profile of young people in the public sphere so as to improve image and perception among the adult population and provide skills development for young people as to enhance career prospects.

Upholding the Principles of Conflict Transformation

Inside Out does this through a range of programmes, projects and training that introduces young people, young leaders and practitioners to concepts of equality, democracy, peace, conflict resolution and citizenship and in doing so promotes alternatives to violence, increases confidence towards dealing with diversity, nurtures and encourages respect for others and advocates a minimal position of tolerance and acceptance of others at the very least. Inside Out has done, and continues to do, these through a range of activities which explore themes such as Citizenship, Global Education, Democracy, Human Rights, Conflict Management, ‘Us and Them’ and ‘Away from Violence’.

Where and with Whom?

Inside Out works with young people aged 13-16 in Claudy, a small village just outside Derry in Northern Ireland. It also works with other young people along with young leaders and youth work practitioners from across the North West of Northern Ireland but also across the entire country.

Main Activities in the Field of Conflict Transformation

Inside Out currently delivers a global education project to young people, young leaders and youth work practitioners and thus introduces them to diversity and notions of others and otherness. We also co-ordinate The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme which provides international learning opportunities for young leaders and practitioners from across Northern Ireland.

The LID (Leadership through Intercultural Dialogue) Programme is a Community Leadership Programme that targets young leaders, youth and community workers and a range of practitioners from across a variety of professions with a view to developing their skills base, increasing their knowledge and affecting attitudinal change which in turns enhances their capacity and that of their organisation but ultimately the communities they work in so as to contribute to the continued development of a shared society across Northern Ireland.

The two main aims of the project are as follows:

  • To provide a range of opportunities for local practitioners to engage with their peers at international level in order to raise the value, importance and benefits of shared international practice as a highly effective means of learning among local communities and in doing so promote and increase international output at local level.
  • To promote the development of leadership capacity among young leaders, youth workers and trainers through interaction with other practitioners from across Europe and beyond in order to enhance their capacity for making an active, sustained, valuable and lasting contribution to their community at local level in order to enhance Cultural Diversity, Interculturalism and Good Relations.

The LID Programme consists of range of activities including Feasibility Meetings, Training Programmes, Job Shadows, Partnership Building Activities, Seminars, Large Scale Projects, Youth Exchanges, Youth Initiatives and Youth Democracy Projects.

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