The Global Trust Project (Newry, Mourne & Down)

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We see a world re-energised by trust, with people focused on actions that matters, and where doing things right is as critical as doing things well.

Photography: Ingrid Guyon

Beyond Skin are delighted to announce a Global Trust Project is set to commence as part of the Blueprint PeaceIV programme. Blueprint is a comprehensive ethnic minority cultural diversity programme across the Newry, Mourne and Down District Council area, supported by the
European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB)

The Global Trust Project is a pioneering innovative idea developed by social entrepreneur, Steve Savides alongside a team of trailblazers in the business, community and creative sectors. Newry Mourne & Down is the first region on the planet to begin a participatory community Global Trust Project.

Steve has spent his life in-between community and the international corporate world of technology, finance and business. He is passionate about wellbeing and when he isn’t coaching or consulting for business he is teaching people how to move and breathe differently, in ways that help them feel more connected to themselves and others.  He founded the Global Trust Project in order to tackle the challenges of low trust we face in business and community.

It seems we live in a world where no one trusts anyone anymore. We don’t trust our governments. We don’t trust business. We don’t trust our media. We don’t trust technology. Even on a personal level it is difficult to find anyone or any group outside our family and friends that we trust. 

But the trouble is, to get anything done takes trust. You have to believe that others will be trustworthy and keep the promises they make; do what they say; honour the deal; pay what is owed. Humans do not move well without trust, and we need to move on a lot of things. Climate change. Poverty. Gender & Racial Equality. Pandemics. The list goes on. We are giving up on the big institutions to tackle the big issues. It's ourselves and the community around us who can begin to make an impact.

That is where the Global Trust Project comes in. On a grassroots level the project will help people in the community to listen to each other, talk together, build trust together, and start creating action plans together - to make real and lasting impact on the things that really matter.
The Global Trust Project vision is to build trust and inspire action in individuals and groups wanting to make an impact on the United Nations' sustainable development goals. These participatory led actions will enable facilitation of meaningful engagement and enhance cultural understanding between the majority and minority population with people of different beliefs, faith, and cultural roots. The outcome of which will be a more equitable approach to assist Black & Minority Ethnic communities build capacity and a strong sense of togetherness as we work to address social, economic and environmental issues that affect us all.

The Global Trust Project in Newry Mourne and Down will have creativity at the core of engagement, development, delivery, and evaluation. 

We are inviting people living in Newry, Mourne & Down region who wish to change the narrative and to join the global trust project team. This will involve weekly gatherings (currently online) working alongside facilitators within The Global Trust Project international team to enable the development of social action trust productions, community initiatives and legacy projects. No experience necessary and we especially seek those who feel marginalised or have an unequal footing in society.

Contact: to express your interest.

The Trust Project is No.10 of 12 projects as part of the Blueprint Programme
For more information about Blueprint visit
For more information on the SEUPB please visit

The Global Trust Project website