Tuesday, 17 February 2009

Celebrating 16 years in Northern Ireland

Yesterday Rachael Wyartt and I went to Stormont, the Northern Ireland Assembly Buildings, to celebrate 16 years of Brook in Northern Ireland, which coincided with the age of consent being reduced to 16 in line with the rest of the United Kingdom.

Brook aims to bring about real lasting social change - the work of the team in Northern Ireland has clearly done so. At the 10th birthday party, there were protestors outside - yesterday there weren't - signalling real progress and demonstrable impact.

Like in the rest of the UK, in Northern Ireland there is plenty of work to do for at least the next 16 years, and yesterday was an opportunity to reflect on how much has changed, and how proud Brook in Northern Ireland must be of its part in that change.

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