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Balbriggan Integration Forum meeting Oct 3rd, 2012

On the 3rd of October Cairde held the first Balbriggan Integration Forum meeting – Living & Working Together. 

About 30 representatives of local services, community leaders and residents to turned up to be part of the integration work in Balbriggan.

We invited mr Seamus O’Leary, Director of Integration Planning and Monitoring, The Integration Centre to share his experiences of setting up integration forums a in the East South region and its successes; and mr Thywill Bankole – Officer of the Fingal Ethnic Network who will talk on FEN’s successes and achievements.

The above presentations were the base for the discussion, what could we achieve for the residents and services in Balbriggan when working together as the Integration Forum.  Here are some of the findings:

  • Be open to public, residences
  • Include represents from all groups and service providers
  • Explore the role the volunteers
  • Set how many issues to deal with
  • Build on existing achievements “start with what is positive not what we lack)
  • Build on people’s expectations – find communalities (shared experiences)
  • Pull out from the resources we have
  • Forum to share information and perspectives
  • Increase knowledge about the existing services and groups (what they do)
  • Create networking opportunities
  • Increase understanding of various cultures living in Balbriggan
  • Exploring the meaning of integration
  • Organise Community Events celebrating diversity (people coming together)
  • Encourage the New communities to be part of it (and other local activates)
  • Encourage the New communities  to actively participate in local activities and show interest and make more effort
  • Encourage people to get to know their neighbours
  • Increase knowledge on how cultural differences can influence willingness to participate. Engage community leaders to create snowball effect.
  • Promote culture of welcoming
  • Address English language needs through Failte Isteach, language support teachers in schools -support for students starting education who don’t know English (extra English classes)
  • Build on schools’ role in creating a more integrated community
  • Use Fingal County Council Community grants to fund integration activities
  • Increase representation of ethnic minorities on Boards, Committees, County Council (use upcoming local election)

Cairde also invited Integration Forum participants to get involved in the preparations of the Integration Conference which will be hold on the 6th of Nov. 2012 – how  best practice models of integration from Ireland & worldwide could be implemented in Balbriggan.

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

For more information contact emilia @ or call  0877488766

See the pictures from the meeting.

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