Glencree Intercultural & Refugee Programme Bulletin: 5th October 2021

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Ongoing events:

  • Social Entrepreneurs Ireland are running Spark sessions in partnership with HerGenuity Afrika. Seeking members of new and emerging communities in Ireland who are seeking solutions to a social problem, the sessions are free and run online from 6 to 7pm Wednesday 20th of October and Wednesday 27th of October. You can email mary@socialentrepreneurs.ie for more information or register here.


  • Innovate Limerick through Film and Gorm Media are embarking upon a new diversity initiative in the film and TV industry which aims to respond to the under-representation of the diverse cultural and ethnic communities in Irish filmmaking through introducing and guiding young interested individuals to the ways of gaining employment in the film industry. A series of introductory webinars, hosted by Gorm Media’s Funmi Jinadu, over 8 weeks will allow the chance to meet, interact with and ask questions of experts in the film industry. You can register for the webinars beginning on Thursday 7th of October at 7pm (and taking place every Thursday thereafter) here. You can contact funmi@gormmedia.com with any questions and view the brochure here


  • Young people aged 12 to 17 years of age, living in Dublin City are encouraged to apply for Comhairle na nÓg membership. Young people can express their interest here until Wednesday 13th of October. You can find out more about Dublin City Comhairle na nÓg here


  •  Rua Red and Mother Tongues are launching a new youth club for teens entitled Anseo in Tallaght, Dublin this month. Anseo will provide a safe space for teens who have fled their countries and are now living in the South Dublin County Council area. The teenagers will work on their English whilst participating in creative activities. Whilst the initial plan is one session weekly beginning in October for six weeks, the long term plan is to continue the work on a weekly basis. There is free transport for this project.


  • Talllaght Community Health Awareness Month is running for the month of October and Week 1’s schedule . For all queries contact Samantha on 01 4590708


  • Comhlámh are running an introductory course to Development education entitled ‘Continuing the Journey’. The course is an invitation to learn, share and reflect in order to make sense of our world. It offers space for deeper engagement with issues such as global inequality, power and colonialism. It will take place on Tuesday evenings over October, beginning the 5th. You can learn more and register here


One-off Events:


  • Women4Women Network & Southside Partnership Women’s Programme are hosting a ‘Mutlicultral Women Party: “Going Forward Together”’ as part of the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown Festival of Inclusion Week. Live performances, workshops and delicious food made by women who have recently set up a catering business. Due to Covid19 restrictions, only 60 people are allowed on site at a time and you can only book one ticket. You can see the poster attached and register here


  • Mediators Beyond Borders are running an online event ‘An Arts Based Approach to Mediation’ on December 17th from 6pm to 7.30pm EST (time zone converter here). The Children & Youth ADR Working Group will host this webinar led by Joan Marie Kelly, a senior lecturer at Nanyang Technological University. You can see more information here and register here


  • The European Network of Migrant Women are launching a report on migrant womens mental health and wellbeing online on Thursday 7th of October at 5pm CET (time zone converter here) in advance of World Mental Health Day on October 10th. Centring the voices of migrant and refugee women, experts and survivors, the report consists of primary data and will be available in English, French, Spanish, Italian and Russian. The launch will take place online and in English. You can register and view contact details here


  • Gorm will be hosting a panel discussion on Activism in the Arts as part of Dublin Theatre Festival on the 12th of October at 6pm. Entitled “The Danger of a Single Story”, this event explores artistry in contemporary Ireland, its evolution to better capture the stories and experiences of marginalized communities and whether the true multidimentional nature of the community is represented. You can learn more here and watch online, on the 12th, here




  • The Community Foundation of Ireland are seeking an Administration Assistant to support the CEO and Director of Philanthropy. Please see more information and how to apply here. The deadline is 5pm on this Friday, the 8th of October.
  • South Dublin County Partnership are hiring a Migrant Integration Project Worker see here for more details. The deadline is 4pm on this Friday, the 8th of October.


Of Interest:


  • The Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission (IHREC) are calling for family reunification law and policy to be strengthened and expanded, particularly in the current context of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme for Afghan nationals. This would facilitate safe and legal pathways for family members of refugee communities here in Ireland. Prior to a 2016 change in legislation, refugees could apply for extended family members, including grandparents, parents, brothers and sisters who were financially dependent on them to come to Ireland, but the legislation significantly narrowed access to family reunification. The link to the Comission’s June 2018 report accompanies the press release


  • IHREC’s Chief Commissioner Sinéad Gibney and Commission Members Prof. Kathleen Lynch and Colm O’Dwyer appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Public Petitions to discuss Direct Provision policy on September 16th. They reiterated the principles that the Commission considers the State needs to adopt in reforming its international protection system, through their White Paper Submission on Direct Provision. A focus on integration from day one, onsite education and training and early and effective access to the labour market. The video of the Committee Meeting is here and the submission from the Commission is here

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