Balbriggan Integration Forum entered Pride of Place competition
Balbriggan Integration Forum is taking part in an all-island competition “Pride of Place” for its innovative work in supporting local communities to integrate.
Balbriggan Integration Forum (BIF) was nominated by Fingal County Council to take part in the Pride of Place competition run by Cooperation Ireland. Pride of Place is a unique opportunity for community groups to be officially recognised on an all-island basis for the valuable work undertaken in their local areas.
The judges visited Balbriggan on the 22nd of July to see the presentation about BIF and meet people and projects involved.
Balbriggan area Balbriggan Integration Forum was set up in 2013 to promote social, cultural, educational and economic integration, insofar as possible, by addressing common needs through creative responses that will lead to improved access to services, support systems and community facilities within the area.
Mick Dunne of Fingal County Council said:
I feel the work of BIF complements the work of the Community Office in Fingal County Council. The Forum itself provides a worthwhile opportunity for organisations to discuss integration in Balbriggan. Following from the Forum meetings, the sub-groups within the Forum have developed strong work plans and have devised a number of innovative projects (e.g. Community Radio, Failte Isteach, International Film Festival, integration through music workshops) that seek to improve integration in Balbriggan in a real and concrete way.
Emilia Marchelewska of Cairde said:
Rapid demographic changes in the area spawned the need for adopting a strategic and collaborative approach to integration. Balbriggan Integration Forum works to make sure that community’s identity embraces diversity. It is bringing together wide range of stakeholders to work together to make this area a better place for all.