The Communities in Transition project is working to build capacity in eight areas were there is a history of paramilitary activity, criminality and coercive control. The Communities in Transition project is about providing people with the opportunity, skills and confidence to improve their local area, building on what is already working well locally.

The project is part of the Executive Action plan on addressing Paramilitarism, Criminality and Organised crime, but it isn’t about ‘tackling’ criminals head on, but more about growing the positive elements within communities to reduce the space for criminal and paramilitary groups to operate.

In practice this means providing people with opportunities to get involved in community projects, providing training and learning opportunities to enable them to increase their skills and encouraging collaborative responses to address issues of importance to them.

We now have over 30 projects delivering across the eight Communities in Transition areas. This includes locally based projects around community safety, health and wellbeing, arts and culture, area regeneration, personal transition, raising aspirations of young people and a regional project to increase the use of restorative practice in non justice settings. Find out more in the area sections.

The Communities in Transition project is being delivered in partnership with The Executive Office. It is just one of 38 actions being taken forward through the Executive Action plan on Tackling Paramilitary Activity, Criminality and Organised Crime