THE reality of Belfast and life in a sectarian society will be far away this week for a group of young Catholics and Protestants when they arrive at Roehampton Institute in south-west London for a holiday treat.
At the invitation of the college, the young people from Belfast's • most deprived areas will get a chance to be friends on neutral ground, to meet London-based students and have a real break away from home.
This is the 19th annual "Belfast Venture" held at the college. It was started in 1972 when the tutor in charge, Helen Clayton, visited Northern Ireland and was horrified by life behind the barricades of the Falls Road in the west of the city.
Many of the Belfast participants have first-hand experience of the troubles. Funding for the trip has been raised by students of the college and the churches, particularly the Methodist congregation.
The young people and their teachers will stay at the college and will be looked after by ten Roehampton students along with Helen Clayton and Philip Richter. the college chaplain.