Capacity Building and Community Engagement Programme

A £5M European Union PEACE IV project creating community cohesion, community facilities and an iconic magic forest and visitor centre in the County Tyrone village, supported by a capacity building and community engagement programme.


Funding has been provided by the European Union PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.  Delivery of the initiative is being spearheaded by a community partnership and coordinated by Mid Ulster District Council.

Rural Action is a partner in the project with responsibility for the capacity building and community engagement elements.

This involves delivering a series of activity pre and post capital works completion across a range of community locations within the village; The Rowan Tree Centre, Church of Ireland Hall, Pomeroy Forest, Presbyterian MUGA and GAA Gym and Leisure facility.


The 3 year programme aims to change attitudes through the implementation of an activity plan to be delivered in the village of Pomeroy bringing people together from across communities and through the development of shared spaces within the village.

Activities will be delivered through an agreed plan under the following themes: –

  • Arts Culture & Heritage
  • Environment
  • Education
  • Sport, Recreation and Health & Wellbeing
  • Strategic Events

The Programme will consist of 3,281 contact hours over a 36 month period between July 2019 and March 2022. Activities are targeted at Schools, Churches, Community Organisations, Traders/Businesses and Individuals from within the Pomeroy and surrounding area. Additional activities within Pomeroy Forest will target individuals from across Northern Ireland and Ireland.

Progress to Date

  • 8 Capacity Building sessions have been delivered between Oct 2019 – Dec 2020 with 64 participants attending.
  • 4 Arts & Crafts classes held with 48 participants attending.
  • A Christmas Tree/Lights Switch on held Dec 2019 with 400 people attending.
  • A senior Citizens Christmas Lunch held Dec 2019 with 100 people attending.
  • A Health & Wellbeing Fair held February 2020 with 480 people attending.
  • An introductory session on the Minecraft Schools Activity involving St Mary’s Primary School and Queen Elizabeth Primary School held in March 2020 with 40 participants. This activity has been postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Support provided to Pomeroy Men’s Shed.
  • Support and governance arrangements provided to Pomeroy Village in Bloom Committee.
  • Pomeroy Woollen Woods in 2020 was postponed until 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To date 135 craft packs have been distributed in the local community (48 adults & 87 children). Twenty-one organisations / individuals are registered as crafters producing items according to the theme of Bees, Butterflies and Blooms which will be used to wool bomb the woods next Spring. These crafters have received 5 monthly newsletters to date with associated patterns. See feature below.
  • Scarecrow Trail held from 19th Oct – 2nd Nov 2020. Thirty-two scarecrow displays were created by 128 people. Just under 2,000 people voted for the Best Scarecrow display which was awarded to Queen Elizabeth II Primary School.


To keep up to date on all activities happening as part of our Community Engagement Programme please visit our facebook page Pomeroy People & Place



Rural Action is currently delivering the Pomeroy Woollen Woods Project – a public arts project that invites people to create woodland creatures made of wool and display them in quirky outdoor art installations. Keen knitters and crafty artists are currently creating woollen characters and tapestries, which they will leave sprinkled within Pomeroy Forest, waiting to be found at a future event planned in 2021 to celebrate local wildlife and nature. The event’s main aim is to combine the arts and environment, to draw new audiences to crafting and biodiversity, and to enhance local culture within the Pomeroy area. To date over 90 craft packs have been distributed to local families to allow them to participate in the programme with 5 Crafters Newsletters issued.

For more information please visit the specific CONNECTING POMEROY page on the website of Mid Ulster District Council.

VIEW THE CONNECTING POMEROY VIDEO from the SEUPB YouTube Channel articulating the impact that EU funding is making in the area.

For further information – email