Scouting as One for PEACE III!

Participating Scouts from 33rd Ballinascreen, 1st Cookstown & 1st Tyrone Scout Groups.
Participating Scouts from 33rd Ballinascreen, 1st Cookstown & 1st Tyrone Scout Groups.

THREE Scouting Associations launched their PEACE III Project at Drum Manor Forest Park in Cookstown recently.

The organisations are forming a unique partnership to deliver a series of activities over the next 10 months.

33rd Ballinascreen Scouts from Magherafelt District, 1st Cookstown Scouts and 1st Tyrone Scouts from Dungannon are joining up to participate in a series of projects together in an effort to create a new working partnership and share skills and good practice with one another.

The programme was developed in partnership with Magherafelt District Council, Cookstown District Council and Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council through the SW Cluster PEACE III Programme, and is being funded through the EU’s Programme for PEACE and Reconciliation (PEACE III) managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Commenting on the project, Martina Totten from Cookstown District Council said: “We are very excited about this new partnership, as are the three groups who are working together.

“The project is an example of what can be achieved when resources and skills are shared between organisations with the same interests.

“When it is finished the project will be an excellent good practice reference for other groups who are considering delivering a PEACE III programme,” said Martina.

Over 100 young people arrived at Drum Manor Forest Park in Cookstown on 20th October to start their project.

In attendance at the group’s launch was PEACE III Programme Manager Chris McCarney and Chair Person of Cookstown District Council, Cllr Tony Quinn, both of whom congratulated the Scouting Leaders and their youth on the new Partnership.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Scouting as One project should contact Deirdre McCann at Magherafelt District Council on 028 79397979 or email or Martina Totten at Cookstown District Council on 028 86764714 or email