After the completion of training, ACT members form Area Action Groups (AAG) which are rooted in community development principles. There are currently 9 AAGs across the province, whereby ACT members liaise with the wider community to; establish/build relationships with statutory agencies, community stakeholders, residents and others, to identify issues which require a community development approach. AAG Organisers can be contacted at;
To all our membership – we draw attention to the fact that as a registered charity we are governed by the policies of the NI Charities Commission. As such, we request that you be mindful that it is a breach of the Commission’s rules to promote a specific political party or its individual candidates. Whilst we do not request that our membership refrain from political activity, any postings in support of a political party should be confined to personal social media outlets and not to those administered by The ACT Initiative.
The work of AAGs to date is reflective of the efforts of former combatants at the grassroots level in their endeavours to assume full and meaningful citizenship, against the backdrop of the policies and mind-sets of those conceding legitimacy to former combatants and their work. All ACT members are involved in the programme and the AAGs on a voluntary basis.
“The concept of the “flag not a rag” is one that has been driven by ACT in the greater Belfast area. Given its success, it has been extended to Mid Ulster. ACT volunteers have been working in partnership the lead group on this project – Regenerate, and others in order to remove flags around this area. ACT will continue to engage with relevant groups and agencies, and the community at large to maintain the flags policy.”
ACT Organiser Mid Ulster