Victims & Survivors (Total Value: €17.6m / ERDF: €15m)
In recognition of the need and demand of those who have suffered from the trauma of the conflict, the Programme will develop the capacity for services to meet the needs of victims and survivors.
The Belfast / Good Friday Agreement indicated the need to acknowledge the suffering of victims and survivors and to provide services that are supportive and sensitive with a role for statutory and community based organisations. The recent Stormont House Agreement also provided further context in terms of the legacy provisions needed, alongside meeting health and well-being needs.
The PEACE IV Programme will add value by investing in cross-border health and well-being services that develop proven expertise within the region and increase the capacity and the quality of care in the sector for victims and survivors and their families. This will complement other work being taken forward by others to deliver on the commitments for victims and survivors.
This objective will create a more cohesive society through an increased provision of shared spaces and services.
To ensure coordination of services, on a cross-border basis, the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) will be the single lead partner for this part of the Programme.
Output: 6,300 individuals in receipt of advocacy support.
Output: 11,350 individuals in receipt of assessment, case work support and resilience support.
The above outputs can be achieved by the following indicative actions:
- Advocacy support to include practical support for victims and survivors engaging with institutions, historical process and enquiries;
- Development of qualified assessors, health and well-being case workers to identify and address the needs of victims and survivors;
- A resilience programme to address the individual needs of victims and survivors, including level one and level two mental health interventions;
- Development of the capacity of the sector through training and development (to meet national and regional standards), research and improved regulation.