March - April 2014

 
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Open Dialogue Series - Celebrating an Intercultural Limerick City in Unity and Diversity
 
 Global Peace Ireland is hosting its first Open Dialogue series on Friday 25th April in the Clarion Hotel Limerick (2-6pm). The theme of the first workshop is “The Value of Differences”. The open dialogue series initiative is conceived with the aim of encouraging all communities of Limerick to work together complementing the efforts of Limerick City and County Council to make the city a national example for peace, tolerance and prosperity during and beyond the City of Cultures 2014. The Open Dialogue Series will be hosted once a month covering topics that reflect Unity and Diversity in a conversational manner that will allow inputs and sharing of everyone. For further information please contact Arnold Kashembe at akashembe@globalpeace.org or on 086 4024171 or 089 4422652.


Have your say on Integration Policy: Workshops on making a submission 
On 28th March, The Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence, Alan Shatter TD, welcomed the holding of the first meeting of a newly reconstituted Cross Departmental Group on Integration, which is intended to review Ireland’s approach to the integration of migrants. The mandate of the Group includes reviewing the activities being undertaken by Government Departments and agencies directed to promoting the integration of migrants, preparing a Draft Integration Strategy and undertaking consultation with key stakeholders. The Department is inviting written submissions from interested groups and members of the public and the closing date for such submissions is Friday 9th May.  Doras Luimní would like to encourage groups in the Limerick region to contribute to the national strategy, and is hosting two workshops to assist those interested in making a submission.  The Have your say on Integration Policy workshops will enable local migrant groups, organisations working with migrants and other interested communities to contribute to national policy-making.  The workshops will be held in Christchurch Hall, 51A O’Connell St. Limerick on Tuesday, April 29th, 6.00 pm  and  Wednesday, April 30th, 3.00 pm. Please RSVP to m.cannon@dorasluimni.org  if you wish to attend the workshops and see website for more information. Visit OPMI website for details on submissions.  

The Green Paper on Facilitating the Recognition of Qualifications in Ireland discusses QQI’s role in facilitating the recognition of qualifications (national and international) for individuals and a diverse group of stakeholders such as employers and recruiters presented with such qualifications. It sets out QQIs proposals regarding the development of the Recognition Service.  The consultation process ends on the Friday 9th May and we will be hosting workshop in partnership with the QQI. The workshops will be held in Christchurch Hall, 51A O’Connell St. Limerick on Tuesday, April 29th, 6.00 pm  and  Wednesday, April 30th, 3.00 pm. RSVP to m.cannon@dorasluimni.org  if you wish to attend the workshops. The paper can be accessed here.
Limerick Integration Working Group (IWG) will be launching its 2013 Annual Report on Friday 9th May 2014 at 9.30am in Limerick City Hall. Towards Intercultural Limerick (2013-2016) is Limerick’s second Integration Plan, which is an ambitious plan to progress Limerick toward an Intercultural City, which was only recently launched at Limerick City Hall (2/4/2014). The 4 year plan can be downloaded from our website: click here. For further information on the launch please contact Karen McHugh at Doras Luimní on 061 310328 or k.mchugh@dorasluimni.org

Interfaith Worship and Sharing Event 

The Mid-West Interfaith Network are hosting an Interfaith Worship and Sharing Event  on Sunday 18th May in Teach Fáilte, Multi-Faith Chaplaincy, University of Limerick. Contact Eva Maculova on 085 737 6948 and click here for further information.

GP Outreach Clinic

A new primary healthcare service has been officially launched in Limerick this month. The aim of the project is to improve access to primary health care for groups such as the homeless, drug users, travellers, migrants and others who have difficulties in accessing and availing of primary care services. This project is being undertaken by the Partnership for Health Equity which is funded by University of Limerick, North Dublin City GP Training Programme and the HSE (Social Inclusion & Primary Care Services). The service is being led by GP Patrick O’Donnell and the clinics are open on Wednesday afternoon (2.30 – 5.00pm) at Ana Liffey Project on Ballysimon Road and on Thursday afternoon (2.30– 5.00pm) at St Vincent de Paul drop-in centre in Ozanam House, Hartstonge St. This is the first of its kind in Limerick and we welcome its opening. 
Fáilte Isteach
We are delighted to welcome Fáilte Isteach to Limerick, which is a community project with older volunteers welcoming new migrants through conversational English classes. Fáilte Isteach utilises the skills, talents and expertise of older volunteers and harnesses their desire to contribute positively tsociety. Fáilte Isteach works at breaking down the barriers that migrants and communities face by extending the hands of friendship and goodwill through the practical, welcoming and inclusive manner in which the programme is delivered. Fáilte Isteach provides more than the transfer of skills and knowledge. This programme is held weekly on Wednesdays in Christchurch Hall (rear of Doras Luimní offices) and was officially launched on 2nd April.
 
DiverCity 2014

Second year Event Management students from the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) organised Limerick’s first DiverCity Event on Tuesday 8th April in the LIT. The event was a showcase of intercultural music, dance, food and performances The event will represent the diversity of various cultures through performances, dance, food tasting, workshops, children's entertainment, live music and much more. 
The purpose of the event is to celebrate the Limerick City of Culture 2014 and ethnic diversity by providing events that positively showcase cultural differences and represented the diversity of the various cultural groups that live and work in Limerick. The audience were entertained with Irish, Polish, Nepalese, Chinese, Russian dancing; African drumming; art workshops and cuisine from across the globe. The event supported the work of Doras Luimní. See https://www.facebook.com/LimerickDiverCity2014 for further details and photos from the event.Let’s celebrate the Limerick City of Culture 2014 and ethnic diversity by providing events that positively showcase cultural differences.
 
New Arrivals and Orientation Guide

Having received a grant from the Ireland Funds, we created a resource for new arrivals in Ireland, particularly those who come to live in Limerick. The guide is designed to assist newly arrived migrants by answering some of the immediate questions faced by anyone who has arrived in Limerick from another country.  Contained within the guide is information about the Irish education system, the HSE and other public service organisations, emergency numbers and some information about Irish culture and traditions.  The guide is designed so that it can be used by students, people arriving on work visas or those who arrive in Ireland seeking asylum.  The guide is linked to the website, which provides more in-depth information on some of the areas covered http://welcometolimerick.weebly.com/. A printed version is available from our office.  
 
On March 13th we hosted a successful World Café event. It provided a forum for various groups of people, along with many dedicated service providers, to explore and share their ideas regarding good practice in meeting the needs of women and men affected by prostitution in the city.  It was great to see so many dedicated people providing supports to Irish and migrant people affected by prostitution in the city. The intention of the World Café was to strengthen our inter-agency work in the city, the goal being to provide better services for people affected by prostitution. The findings from the Café will be presented to attendees in a plenary session and will inform our work going forward.

We are currently running an art exhibition in conjunction with Ormston House Art Gallery in Limerick, which is 
intended to raise awareness of prostitution and human trafficking in the city. Students from a multi-disciplinary background at the Limerick School of Art and Design (LSAD) will attend a series of workshops prior to the competition deadline which will be facilitated by our anti-trafficking officer, Patricia Stapleton.
These workshops will deal with the key themes and concepts relevant to prostitution and human trafficking.  The winning poster will be used as part of a new media campaign to raise awareness of prostitution and human trafficking in the city. The poster will also be displayed in Ormston Gallery as part of Limerick City of Culture.
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further details please contact Patricia Stapleton at: p.stapleton@dorasluimni.org
Africa Day 2014



Limerick City and County Council in association with Irish Aid and the Limerick Integration Working Group will host a series of FREE events and activities in Limerick to celebrate Africa Day 2014. 
The celebrations will begin with a Family Sport Day on Saturday 17th May in the Crescent Comprehensive College and will culminate with a large Open Air Festival and Family fun day on Saturday 24th May in Merchants Quay. As Limerick is the designated City of Culture this year and has recently become an Intercultural City we expect the celebrations to be even more expansive, diverse and engaging than before.

As part of this Africa Day Limerick 2014, we are delighted to be hosting an Intercultural Creative Writing Award. The Award is aimed at young people of primary and secondary school levels in the Limerick city and county area individual or group submissions from schools, youth groups and other community settings re invited. Submissions must reflect the Africa Day Limerick 2014 theme ‘Celebrating Cultures – Diversity is Strength’ and must capture the strengths of welcoming and supporting a diverse Limerick.
 
Applications should be submitted by email or post to Doras Luimní, Central Buildings, 51a O’Connell St, Limerick.   For further information please contact Karen McHugh, on 061 310328 or k.mchugh@dorasluimniorg
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