We’re working with some of the best organisations across the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland through Techies in Residence. We asked each of them their views on why they got involved in the project, and what they want to get out of it.

Your Derry began life as a social movement with the goal of making the city a better place to live, work and visit. We believe that by simply improving the mindset of people across the city, we’ll create better leadership, more ambition and greater belief. We aim to foster greater social cohesion and inspire our citizens to be more engaged stakeholders, take risks and dream big – to take ownership of our own destiny and make change happen from within.

We want our young people to not only see the many assets and resources Derry has to offer, but to become positive contributors in creating a better shared future and a more prosperous city.

Making Derry a better place to work, live and visit, by inspiring individual ownership of the challenges we face.

It is our assertion that all these issues connect on a fundamental level – mindset. We aim to show that through their actions they (young people) can be agents of change and not victims of circumstance. We believe this can create a positive ripple effect and change the collective mindset of the city and its citizens as sustainable change in the real world is always preceded by a change in mindset.

Will give us a vehicle to engage with the young people of our city and to bring about positive change. We are hopeful the program will be a springboard to having an impact in the wider community and possibly beyond.

The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund and also Comic Relief. Innovate NI have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.