Transgenerational Activities

  About

FMO strongly believe that if we are to effectively help our members in their transition and journey of recovery this cannot be done by isolating the individual and only working with them. We need to work with the wider family circle as all have been affected by the trauma. Young people are extremely perceptible and research indicates that trans-generational trauma affects 3 generations. For this reason we believe it is vital we deliver activities that are focused on young people and the family. Within this plan of work is a series of training and development opportunities in areas of active citizenship and peer support, underpinned by activities promoting social interaction and cultural diversity.

The outcomes of Transgenerational activities;

  • Increased understanding of how we live in a shared society

  • Developing and building relationships

  • Developing communication and listening skills

  • Promoting cultural awareness and diversity

  • Breaking down barriers, encouraging communication and constructive friendships

  • Benefiting from team building and promoting team spirit

  • Building self esteem levels

 

Importance of the transgenerational programme

FMO deem it important to address third generational issues and by adhering to our inclusive approach, young people are key to our group.

Giving that there is one third of FMO's membership aged under eighteen, it is extremely important that our group address our individual needs as Victims/Survivors of Trauma related activities. FMO have already built in youth based work, which should be maintained and developed upon. Having carried out peer to peer training with the youth in SSF 2011-2012, we feel the need to provide them with peer to peer coordinator training in order for the youth to excel themselves and provide support to others through the specially designed training programme.

A generation of young people growing up having lost a parent, grandparent, uncle or aunt are living with the legacy of trauma, in a culture where family is pivotal to community cohesion. The growing youth membership and consistent demand for services geared towards young people is evidence of a continued need for services in this area. A further need to protect our young people confidentiality and protection of our young members. The development of skills within the youth is a central component to the mental health and well being of the youth were they can progress into adolescence and carry their skills and abilities further on in their lives.

Activities under the Transgenerational programme include;
  • Peer to peer training and support

  • Drug and Alcohol Awareness training

  • Peer coordinator training

  • Personal and professional development

  • Suicide awareness training

  • Todds Leap

  • Belfast Zoo

  • Titanic Quarter

  • Dundonald Ice Bowl

  • Lusty Beg Island and the Share Centre

  • Christmas Pantomime

  • ALTON TOWERS!

 

Working with others

Again, an essential part of the development of the transgenerational service is working with other victims groups in the area. In the past Families Moving On youth have worked with the South East Fermanagh Foundation (SEFF) in Co. Fermanagh with the peer to peer support programme. More recently, the youth have visited the Ely Centre in Enniskillen as part of the peer to peer support programme and enjoyed an afternoon of Paint Me Glaze Me. The youth at FMO have been involved in collected and packing shoe boxes for those less well off than ourselves. Operation Christmas Child - The power of a simple gift - is the worlds largest children's Christmas project, run by the Christian relief and development organisation Samaritan's Purse.

Project Common Bond brings together teens, ages 15 - 20 from around the world who share a 'common bond'--the loss of a family member due to an act of terrorism. Launched in 2008, Project Common Bond has so far brought together over 308 teenagers from fifteen different countries and territories to turn their experience of losing a loved one to terrorism into positive actions that can help others exposed to similar tragedy. Teens gather for an eight-day healing and peace-building symposium in a safe and supportive environment, where they engage in dialogue and community-building activities that acknowledge and respect their differences while promoting friendship and understanding. In 2011 Aiden and Orlagh Skelton, youth from FMO, participated in this programme and in 2012 Aiden was fortunate to return for another year. They thoroughly enjoyed the experience in Boston which lasted 10 days. They met with youth from all over the world who had been affected through violent related activities.

How to join

If you are interested in any of the above activities and feel you are eligible to participate please obtain a membership application from and return to Families Moving On. The activities contribute to a bright CV leading to favourable future employment prospects.