January - February 2014
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New Opening Hours for Drop-In Service
 

Our drop-in services are now limited to three mornings per week –Monday, Tuesday andFriday.

We are offering appointments to
our clients all day Monday, Tuesday 
and Friday.

Our offices are closed to the public on Wednesday and Thursday.

 


 




Intercultural Cities

Doras Luimní is spearheading the drive for Limerick to become an Intercultural City as part of a European Council and European Commission funded programme known as Intercultural Cities. This initiative aims to stimulate new ideas and practices concerning the integration of migrants and minorities. Doras will be working closely with other cities around the world to promote a greater awareness of the positive role diversity can play in the development of a city. More about the programme can be found at www.coe.int/interculturalcities

Doras Luimní awarded innovative European Council project to combat xenophobia and promote social inclusion

Treated Differently, a study release by Doras Luimní last October, identified that 60% of respondents had experienced some form of racism in Limerick. The study also pointed out that a majority of the reported cases were verbal assaults. Accrording to Doras Luimní CEO, Karen McHugh, “these types of verbal abuse were indicative of misconceptions many people have around migrants and the negative attitudes that have developed towards migrants based on un-informed perceptions perpetuated in a time of economic difficulty. This has been further exacerbated by some politicians and some members of the media who have used migrants as scapegoats.”  


Dr. Matt Cannon, Intercultural Cities Coordinator at Doras Luimní added “through the Intercultural Cities Network we are able to participate in an innovative ‘Anti-Rumours’ programme that has proven to be very successful in cities such as Barcelona.”

New Arrivals Orientation and Information Pack


Having received a grant from the Ireland Funds Doras Luimní has created a resource for new arrivals in Ireland, particularly those who live in Limerick. The online version is available here: http://welcometolimerick.weebly.com/

Contained within the pack is information about the Irish education system, the HSE and other public service organisations, emergency numbers and a little about Irish culture and traditions.

A printed version is available and anyone interested in a copy can pick one up at the Doras Luimní office.







   
   



The World Café, a structured conversational process in which groups of people discuss a topic at several tables, will provide an opportunity to explore and share ideas around good practice in meeting the needs of women and men affected by prostitution in the city. This will be relevant to all service providers who come into contact with people affected by prostitution. This will also be an opportunity to hear from those working in front line positions, such as public health workers, nurses, social workers, etc. 

We are hoping to have a full house on the day and the findings will be presented to attendees in a plenary session and will inform our work going forward. 

Please RSVP to Patricia Stapleton in Doras Luimni at patriciadoras@gmail.com

 
Citizenship Applications at CIC

Following a period of tailored training and handover we are pleased to announce that all new citizenship applications in Limerick are now being processed by the Citizen’s Information Centre. This service will run all day Monday at the CIC, 54 Catherine Street. 



Call for participants in upcoming studies:

- Imagining a Better Life: Understanding Aspirations and Expectations in the context of Migration

The researcher hopes to speak with participants about what it was like back home, what ideas people had around migration, and what the experience of moving was like. Anyone interested in participating should email Dr. Matt Cannon m.cannon@dorasluimni.org or call Doras at 061 310328.
 

- Research on the impact of living in Direct Provision

The Irish Refugee Council are undertaking a study on access to employment for people who have been living in the Direct Provision system. If you are interested in participating please contact Leonie Kerins at l.kerins@dorasluimni.org or email Sue Conlan at sue@irishrefugeecouncil.ie

All enquiries will be treated in complete confidence.

Personnel Changes at Doras Luimní

- Aideen Roche has joined our team as Integration Intern. Aideen will be working closely with Intercultural Cities Co-ordinator, Matt Cannon. She will be supporting the work of the IWG and will be working on the Intercultural Cities programme, along with our work on anti-racism.

 
- Eva Coombes has also joined our team at Doras and will be welcoming and assisting our service users at reception, while also helping with administrative duties. 
 
-We regret to have to say goodbye to Geraldine Clancy, who has been with Doras for a number of years. Geraldine will be greatly missed and we wish her all the very best of luck in her career.
 
- Amy Canavan, a Social Care student from LIT, is currently with us on work placement until April 2014. Social Care Students in Limerick Institute of Technology go on two work placements. Work placements are central to the education and training of most social care practitioners and aim achieve many outcomes.  

Amy describes the experience as follows: â€œBeing on placement at Doras is a very interesting and beneficial experience for me. While being here I have attended meetings that have taught me a lot and shown me the work that goes into making people feel safe and helping better their lives. I have also helped in reception which gave me direct contact with the clients and helped me see the work that Doras does from the frontline. Doras has been a very rewarding placement for me so far and I look forward to the remainder of my time here”. 








Launch of Integration Working Group Progress Report

On 8th April, the Integration Working Group will launch the progress report for 2013, highlighting the key acheivements with regard to migrant integration work thorughout the year.




Africa Day 2014

May 25th is Africa Day - an annual commemoration celebration of African Unity. For many years now Africa Day has been celebrated in Limerick. Because this is a very special year for Limerick as Ireland’s City of Culture we want the celebration to be even bigger and better than previous years. An intitial consultation meeting was held on Tuesday 4th February. It was a very great meeting with lots of interest and lively exchanges. Make sure you mark your diary for May 25th â€“ this year’s Africa Day celebrations will be something to remember.






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