Bulletin: Issue 37

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Launch of Fair Work Standards

On 27th November, Doras Luimní are launching a new campaign - Fair Work Standards. The campaign aims to promote employment rights and fair employment practices in Limerick among employers and workers engaged in low-paid employment. 

The campaign will focus on the rights of employees in vulnerable work sectors - hospitality, care work, agriculture, security, retail.
As part of this campaign we will identify and acknowledge the best workplaces in Limerick - employers who are already engaging in best practice. Workplaces will be assessed by employees via questionnaires and we will encourage all workplaces engaging in the sectors listed above to work towards achieving Fair Work Standards. 
For further information on this campaign please contact Patricia Stapleton (p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org) or Mariaam Bhatti (m.bhatti@dorasluimni.org). 

This project was approved by Government with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund.

Foundations for Work - Training Programme

Doras Luimni’s Foundations for Work training programme was launched in O’ Loughlin’s Hotel - Portlaoise on 4th November 2015. Foundations for Work is an intercultural job skills training course developed by Doras Luimni in conjunction with 5 European partners. 
The course aims to increase the integration of young immigrants into the labour market of their host countries by allowing them to acquire the basic competences and transferable work skills needed to open up progression opportunities either directly into employment and/or to further vocational qualifications.

15 people are currently participating on the programme in Portlaoise – including asylum seekers from the Montague Direct Provision centre and Syrian programme refugees who have recently resettled in Co. Laois. 
The course will run until early January and upon completion, the participants will have the opportunity to undertake a work experience placement based on their interests.

Special thanks to our volunteer trainer Mr. Peter Turner for his expertise, creativity and insight.

Foundations for Work is just one component of a wider refugee resettlement project currently being carried out in Portlaoise, Co. Laois by Doras Luimni. 

Undocumented Migrant Workers

Doras Luimní are hosting an information session for undocumented migrant workers who are living and working in the Limerick region.

The meeting will be fully confidential and will provide a safe space for people to discuss and share their concerns and challenges.

Members and leaders of the Justice for the Undocumented campaign and staff of the Migrant Rights Centre of Ireland will lead the session and will share their expereinces of living as an undocumented migrant worker in Ireland and their fight for social justice. 
If you, your loved ones, or friends are undocumented and would like to learn more about the supports for people in your situation, please join us on Wednesday 25th November for an information session. 

For more details on the information session, including exact time and venue, please contact Mariaam Bhatti at Doras Luimní by calling 061310328 or email m.bhatti@dorasluimni.org. 
Doras Luimní's Invisible Children installation has been on tour throughout the month of October, spending the first two weeks in the National University of Maynooth as part of Social Justice Week followed by another two weeks in the Church of Ireland College of Education in Rathmines. 

The installation aims to highlight the living conditions in which asylum seekers are forced to live while in Direct Provision and forms part of the Doras Luimní campaign to replace the current system with an alternaitve non-profit reception system that respects the human rights of asylum seekers.

If you or your organisation are interested in displaying the Invisible Children installation, please feel free to get in touch. 

Education Support for young asylum seekers

With thanks to funding received from the Community Foundation of Ireland, Doras Luimní has been supporting young asylum seekers to access education over the past 12 months. 
Throughout this academic term alone, Doras Luimní have supported and financially assisted 13 young people to access education in Limerick. 

There has been a noticeable difference in our clients who have received assistance through the Education Fund. Increased self-esteem; confidence and a generally more positive outlook have been noted among all recipients. It was amazing to witness the extent of this positive impact and how quickly the positive changes could be seen.

Recipients have been undertaking evening and full-time day courses in a variety of areas including Nursing; Business; Tourism and Health Care, giving participants qualifications and career options that will greatly increase integration opportunities. Work placements are required on some of the courses, which gives them a chance to engage with the local life and community and escape the detachment of the Direct Provision centres.

We wish all participants the very best of luck in their future education and career development!

Advice and Information centre 

Our busy drop-in centre has seen many positive results over the past few months, with a number of our clients receiving long-awaited decisions on their applications for asylum. While there are still many challenges to overcome, we are delighted for all who now have the opportunity to rebuild their lives.

Doras Luimní has also been successful in securing residency for stateless clients; international students; appeal of disability allowance  and revocation of deportation orders for a number of our service-users.
The drop-in centre is open to the public three days per week - Monday, Tuesday and Friday. For more information or to make an appointment, call us on 061310328 or visit our website www.dorasluimni.org 

Paris Attacks

On Friday 13th November, a number of targeted terrorist attacks were carried out in Paris. Over 120 people lost their lives and several more are critically injured.

Doras Luimní stand in solidarity with the people of Paris and we would like to express our condolences to all affected by these horrific events. 

Following the attacks, there has been a worrying backlash against the Muslim community in Europe and a noticeable change in attitude towards refugee protection policies and practices. 

Refugees are fleeing the very same terrorism in their home countries, coming to Europe to seek protection from the so-called Islamic State. Closing borders and engaging in anti-immigration and anti-Muslim rhetoric only plays in to the hands of terrorists.

The Irish Muslim community have condemned the attacks and are grateful for the support of the Irish people who have shown solidarity and understanding to date. The Sunni and Shia leaders issued a statement highlighting the positive integration experience of the Muslim community in Ireland, and that the people of Ireland are all united against terrorism. 

For more information on the Irish Muslim community, visit the Irish Muslim Peace and Integration Council website here: 

16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women

The Limerick Local Area Network on Violence Against Women (LAN) needs your help to colour Limerick city and county purple to show solidarity with women and children experiencing abuse and violence and to show perpetrators of such violence that Limerick will not tolerate this hidden crime.

The International 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women is marked in over 150 countries all over the world from 25th November to 10th December annually.

This year LAN is planning a march and rally in Limerick city on Saturday 28th November at 12pm.

All are welcome and encouraged to attend in solidarity with those affected by violence against women.

Limerick City & County Council has agreed to light up Merchants Quay in purple on that day.  Shops and other premises will be asked to use purple in their window displays, flags, balloons and buntings in purple,  will be used in other premises.

Doras Luimní will be decorated in purple from 25th November and we will be joining our partners on 28th November to help raise awareness of this horrific crime.  

If you would like to get involved, please contact Deirdre (ADAPT) at 061 412354.

On 8th December Limerick's local musicians will stage a 12 hour Buskathon in aid of Doras Luimní and the Mid-West Simon Community, aiming to raise support for families without a home this Christmas.

The issue of transitioning from Direct Provision remains a key challenge for many of our service-users, despite positive decisions on their asylum applications. The housing crisis and lack of suitable accommodation in Limerick is an issue shared by both refugees and the homeless population in the city.

The fundraising event is being organised by Mad About Music school in Castletroy, Limerick. We are very grateful for the support and we hope that our friends can get involved and help to make this event a success.

For more information on the event please contact Tam at Mad About Music School on 061577077 or contact Leonie Kerins in Doras Luimní.

Diwali celebrations will take place on Saturday 28th November at the Oakwood Arms Hotel in Shannon from 6pm. 

Diwali is an ancient Hindu festival, one of the largest and brightest festivals in India. This event is being organised by the Mid-West Indian Association and all are welcome to attend.

For more information, please contact the Association via the details listed in the poster.

Diwali celebrations will take place on Saturday 28th November at Wishing our Hindu friends and supporters a very Happy Diwali!

Register to Vote

The General Election will be taking place at some point before April 2016. In order to take part and to have your voice heard, you must register to vote.
If you have received Irish citizenship and are aged 18 years or over, you are eligible to vote in the upcoming General Election. To register your details, please visit the following website: www.checktheregister.ie

For more information on voting rights or for assistance with the voter registration process, please contact Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or by calling 061310328.

If you have a story you would like to share with us or would like to feature your event, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimní at a.roche@dorasluimni.org.
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