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Work on BIF’s TOR initiated

DSCN1019The last meeting of the Balbriggan Integration Forum (BIF) was held on the 14th of March, 2013

This meeting was the first of three scheduled meetings, aiming to address the operations and structure of the Forum. The discussions in these meetings would focus on the Terms and Conditions of the Forum, to set out an action plan for the next two years. Tony Murphy, who worked on the Evaluation of Cairde Balbriggan in 2011, will facilitate the next stage of the process, at the conclusion of these scheduled meetings.

There were over 30 participants in the last meeting. They see the Forum as an opportunity for networking, meeting people in the community; appreciating the beauty and diversity of Balbriggan; boosting economic integration; seeing how they could support each other by exploring their differences and commonalities in relation to mental health; meeting in the middle ground; and learning more about difficulties faced by those who attempt to navigate through the system, breaking down barriers, having more understanding and better communication.

They had many ideas on what the Forum should deal with including: encouraging community members to avail of the Free English classes, advocating, influencing policies, to organise community events, encouraging executing voting rights, learning more about various cultures and providing information.

The participants were a representation of Balbriggan residents; Fingal County Council; Groups: Balbriggan Women’s Group, Christian Fellowship Family Mirror, ICA Mother & Toddler Group, Northside & Beyond International; Services: Citizen Information, Cairde, Dept. of Social Protection, Fingal Leader Partnership, Foroige, HSE mental health services; Schools: Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín, Balrothery N.S., H.S.C.L. St. Theresa’s Primary School; entrepreneurs: Fish & Farmers Market, Lir Antiracism Training Times Consult.

The next meetings are scheduled to take place on 4th and 25th of April

The project is funded by The Fingal County Council and the Office for the Promotion of Migrants Integration

For more information contact Emilia@cairde.ie

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