....funded ground breaking research into the issues facing carers of victims of the Northern Ireland conflict. This resulted in a report ‘Who Cares for the Carers’, concluding that former members of the security forces felt socially isolated, unsupported and in need of practical and professional intervention. As a direct result of these findings, the first NI Phoenix Group was formed and a Group was formed in Newtownards in 2008 - Ards & North Down Phoenix Group. Following a successful application to the EU Peace III for funding in 2010, a total of seven offices were eventually opened and funded across NI. Their aim was to act as an umbrella Group for all those security force members, and their immediate families, who served during Operation BANNER - or The Troubles. This funding ended on 30th September 2014.
...it was decided that the Ards & North Down Phoenix Group should apply for Charity status and become independent and continue the work it had been doing. It was also decided that the group would be called Decorum NI and a logo was selected. Funding was applied for and this was successful when the Group received funding from the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM), administered by Co-Operation Ireland, to cover the period from 1st October 2014 to 31st March 2015 which allowed the Group the required space to set up and apply for further funding.
The name ‘decorum’ comes from Latin meaning ‘right and proper’ - fitting for those who served their Country. However, there is another aspect which equally applies and indeed is fitting in this period of reflection on. There is also a World War 1 poem by Wilfred Owen which is called ‘Dulce et decorum est.’ which describes a gas attack and its effects and is a protest at the horrors of war and how it is the ordinary soldier who pays a heavy price for a false promise. The poem ends with the lines
‘My friend, you would not tell with such high jest,
To children ardent for some desperate glory,
The old Lie: Dulce et decorum est Pro Patria mori.’
This Latin quote is taken from a poem by the Roman poet Horace and was inscribed in the chapel at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in 1913 - it translates as ‘it is a sweet and fitting thing to die for one’s country’. Some would feel that this also reflects the lack of appreciation of what those who served in the Troubles suffered.
The associated strap line above reflects not only the remembrance of those who died and suffered on account of their service, but also the building for individuals capacity to cope for the future and building the awareness in society in general so that a more equitable future can be built.
The logo is designed to reflect the Armed Forces, Prison Service and Police with 3 flames - still burning brightly - supported by the hands coloured red as a tribute to the Families who sacrificed so much.
A quote by Samuel Beckett, 1906 - 1989
"There is something ... more important in life than punctuality, and that is decorum".
Samuel Beckett - Molloy (1951)