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OSCE in Armenia on a visit to Ireland Visits Cultúr Ireland

refugee crisis in Europe

Cultur recently hosted a visit from the OSCE in Armenia on a visit to Ireland to explore our experience of local integration strategies and work with ethnic minorities



Cultúr Annual Report 2014

Cultúr has produced our annual report on our work in 2014. Find out more about what we did here;

PDF logoCultúr AnnualReport 2014


Press Release: Cultúr Migrants Centre calls for decisive action on the refugee crisis in Europe now

refugee crisis in Europe

Cultúr are joining others such as the Irish Refugee Council and the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland by calling for the Irish government to respond immediately to the greatest humanitarian crisis since world war two. The Irish state must take a stand and demonstrate a real commitment to the human rights of refugees arriving in Europe. This in effect means increasing significantly the numbers of refugees we have agreed to relocate to Ireland.

Sinead Smith project manager of Cultúr stated that:

"The German Government have stepped up to the plate and shown what governments can do when they show leadership on a humanitarian crisis such as this. As an organisation that has campaigned for the end of direct provision in Ireland and in our own backyard in Mosney, Co. Meath, we believe that Ireland can and should provide refuge, safety and a new life for asylum seekers and refugees in Ireland in a manner that facilitates them to be part of and live in our local communities. We believe that many Irish citizens support this too."

Ireland currently holds a seat on the UN Council of Human Rights and we need to demonstrate our commitment to human rights now when it really matters.

Many of us from Meath will be at the Famine Memorial on Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 at 1pm on Saturday 5th September but events will take place all over the country and all are welcome to attend the stand for solidarity.

Cultúr are encouraging those who support this call to sign up to the Uplift campaign to call on Taoiseach Enda Kenny to increase the numbers of refugees Ireland will accept for relocation on www.uplift.ie . More information on how to support organisations working on this issue are listed on our website www.cultur.ie and facebook page culturnavan.

PDF logo Cultúr Migrants Centre calls for decisive action on the refugee crisis in Europe now



Failte Isteach conversational English classes

English Classes

Failte Isteach conversational English classes are back on:
Thursday 17th September
from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
on the 1st floor of St Marys Parish Centre

opposite Dunnes Stores grocery.

Anyone interested can come on the first night to register - the cost is €2 per night to cover material costs.




Join The Campaign For Au Pair Worker Rights

Dear Friend,

Cultur Migrants Centre in partnership with our friends in the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland are participating in the completion of an online survey produced by MRCI with as part of the campaign for workers rights for Au Pairs! We would be delighted if you could fill in the survey. To date over 400 Au Pairs have completed the survey. The survey below only takes a few minutes to complete. Please feel free to share the survey with your friends

Au Pair worker rights survey

Best regards

Cultur Team


Report on the Experience of Migrant Care Workers in Cuntry Meath

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The Meath Action Group on Direct Provision

Action Group On Direct Provision



The Meath Action Group on Direct Provision of which Cultúr is a member has made the following submission to the Working Group on Protection. Read this submission and support the call to End Direct Provision

PDF logoAction Group On Direct Provision


Cultur new strategic plan for 2015-18

Cultur recently launched its new strategic plan for 2015-18, this plan presents our direction for the next three years.

PDF logo Cultur Strategic Plan 2015-2018

Baseline Research on Ethnic Minorities



Meath Partnership in association with Cultúr recently launched a new research report entitled Baseline Research on Ethnic Minorities in Co. Meath. This research was undertaken by the Integration Centre using PLA research methods which involved migrants, Travellers and asylum seekers themselves as peer researchers.

PDF logo Baseline Research On Ethnic Minorities

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Cultúr Migrants Centre and Meath Partnership invite you to the launch of the Baseline Research Report on Ethnic Minorities and the Meath Integration Strategy. (4pm)

This research documents the issues experienced by asylum seekers, refugees, immigrants and Travellers living in Co. Meath. The integration strategy is a plan of action to address the issues highlighted in the research and included consultation with key agencies and stakeholders. Certificates will be presented to those who undertook peer research roles in the research as part of the PLA training programme.

IT’S OUR BIRTHDAY! COME AND JOIN US TO CELEBRATE 10 YEARS WORKING TO ACHIEVE REAL CHANGE

The launch will be followed by a Celebration event for the 10th anniversary of Cultúr Migrants Centre and the launch of our new Strategic Plan (5pm)

Speakers include:

  • Yemi Adenuga Chairperson Cultúr
  • Anastasia Crickley member of the UN Committee on the Convention on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination (CERD
  • Michael Ludlow CEO Meath Partnership Representative from The Integration Centre, research report authors

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WHEN AND WHERE

This event takes place in the Unity Centre, Dunloe Drive, Windtown, Navan (drive out the Windtown Road and take the right turn just before the railway tracks, then take the next left turn to the Unity Centre-photo of centre above right)

At 4pm on the 10th December 2014: International Human Rights Day

We would be delighted if you could join us at both events!
Please RSVP to info@cultur.ie or 046 9093120


THE R.E.A.C.H. PROJECT

REALISING EQUALITY, ACHIEVING CHANGE HOLISTICALLY

A programme for migrant women living in Co. Meath
enabling access to
mainstream education, training and employment opportunities

We like to introduce you four new courses:


Failte Isteach and Women’s Group Co-ordinator
and
part time receptionist

SKILLS, EXPERIENCE & QUALITIES REQUIRED:

  • Good listening and communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Some experience of working in a group setting
  • Spoken and written English language skills and knowledge of another language would be an advantage
  • Good computer, including internet, skills
  • Good record keeping skills, general administration and organisation skills
  • A commitment to equal opportunities and the value of diversity

This is a Community Employment vacancy, Please contact your local DSP Employment Services/Intreo Office to check your eligibility and to apply for this vacancy. Job Reference Number ES-894178

PDF logo Job

Au Pairing in Co. Meath:
Want to know more about your rights as a worker in Ireland?

Cultúr Migrants Centre is hosting a meeting with Au Pairs living in Co. Meath

On Sunday 30th November starting at 2pm and finishing at 4.30 pm
This event will provide an opportunity to find out about:

  • A chance to find out about your rights and entitlements and what supports are available to au pairs in the county
  • The National Campaign by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland to ensure au pairs have the same rights as other workers in Ireland
  • Information from a new report on au pairing in Co. Meath based on surveys with 31 au pairs

Contact Sinead/Olivia on 046 909 3120 or info@cultur.ie if you are interested in attending this event and all au pairs are welcome

Check out our Facebook page and share the information about this event with your friends. Updates on the report for the county and other information will be added to this page.

PDF logo Au Pairing in Co Meath.pdf

Disposable Workers? The experience of Au Pairs in Co. Meath

Cultúr launches its report Disposable Workers? The experience of Au Pairs in Co. Meath and will meet with local TDs who are members of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise today to highlight the treatment of Au Pairs as a sub category of worker and the resulting exploitation this causes.

We are calling for the National Employment Rights Agency to launch a public awareness campaign to raise awareness among employers about their obligations and duties as employers to Au Pair workers.

The Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation should also ensure that adequate supports are provided to Au Pairs to seek redress where their rights are being infringed.

PDF logo Disposable Workers? The experience of Au Pairs in Co. Meath
PDF logo Press Release

Direct Provision Forum

Oireachtas members

Cultúr along with members of the Direct Provision Forum, Oireachtas members and the Irish Refugee Council Core Group meet Oireachtas members about the End Direct Provision Campaign on Wednesday 18th June


FETAC level 5 Community Development Module

FETAC level 5 Community Development Module

Participants from the FETAC level 5 Community Development Module receive their certificates on Thursday 19th June.

This course was funded by the Community Foundation of Ireland.


MERAN Invitation

Cultúr as a member of the Meath Equality, Rights and Anti Poverty Network.

MERAN would like to invite interested community and voluntary groups and other interested parties to attend this event on Monday June 30th 2014.

PDF logo MERAN Invitation

Realising the potential
of the Asylum and Migration Fund

Cultúr along with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Cross Care Migrant Project has submitted a paper to the Directorate General on Home Affairs in the European Commission on the new Asylum and Migration Fund which will be rolled out across Europe in 2014.

We are hoping that this new round will have a significant impact on the lives of those seeking asylum and migrants in Ireland.

Please see this link:

PDF logo Realising the potential of the Asylum and Migration Fund

to read our joint position paper.


Ireland's national Integration Strategy

Cultúr submission to the review of Ireland's national Integration Strategy May 2014 can be read here.
Cultúr calls for a national integration strategy that is resourced appropriately and that the policy and legislative framework on racism is robust and supports redress of same.

PDF logo Integration Strategy Submission

Au Pairing in Co. Meath:
Want to know more about your pay and rights as a worker?

Cultúr Migrants Centre is hosting a meeting with Au Pairs living in Co. Meath
On Sunday 22nd June from 2pm to 4.30pm
This event will provide an opportunity to find out about:

  • The national campaign being managed by the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland to ensure au pairs have the same rights as other workers
  • Information from a new report on au pairing in Co. Meath based on surveys with 31 au pairs
  • A chance to find out about your rights and entitlements and what supports are available to au pairs in the county

Where?

Cultúr Migrants Centre,
Balmoral Business Park, Unit UH3,
Kells Road, Navan
When?
Monday 20th May 2013, Time: 7.30pm
Contact
Sinead/Sylwia on 046 909 3120 / info@cultur.ie
If you are interested in attending this event and all au pairs are welcome
PDF logo Au Pairing In Meath Flyer

English Language Classes

for Migrant Women living in Co. Meath

Venue 

Course

No of Hours

Frequency

Trim

Free of charge

English FETAC level 5 + Career Planning & Job Skills Preparation* (*optional)

100 hours
(17 weeks)

2 days per week; 3 hours per day;

Oldcastle

Free of charge

English FETAC level 4

80 hours
(14 weeks)

2 days per week; 3 hours per day;

Oldcastle

Free of charge

English FETAC level 3

80 hours
(14 weeks)

2 days per week; 3 hours per day;

Navan

Fee applies

English HETAC level 6 (English for Academic and Work Purposes) + Career Planning & Job Skills Preparation

 
Approx.14 weeks

1 day per week; 3 hours per day

For more information and registration contact Joanna:
Phone: (046) 9093120
E-mail: joana@cultur.ie

PDF logo Flyer English Classes for Women


ESOL for Work and Life
English Language Classes for Migrant Men

(Beginner’s level)

Where?

Trim, Co. Meath
When?
September – October 2013 (2 evenings per week)
Cost:
Free of charge

The course will include:

  • English for Work and Life classes
  • Information on rights and entitlements – understanding of the Irish system
  • Supports for work and training (CV preparation)
  • One to one information supports (if required)

For more information and registration contact Joanna:
Phone: (046) 9093120
E-mail: joana@cultur.ie

PDF logo English Language Classes for Migrant Men


CULTUR HAS ITS FUNDING APPROVED UNTIL DECEMBER!!!

Save Cultur

Thanks to all of you who:

  • Organised petitions
  • Wrote to your TD or Minister
  • Came to planning meetings
  • Came to the meeting with the county council
  • Or just kept encouraging us to keep on trying

We are delighted to be able to say that the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has agreed to give us our funding until December.

Of course that means we don't know where our funding for 2014 will come from, so we will need your continued support and ideas to help us keep doing the work we have done for over 10 years now.

Again - thanks for your support. We will keep you up to date with our news.


Cultur board members met Meath County Councillors

Cultur board members met Meath County Councillors at their monthly meeting on Monday 10th June 2013 to discuss the current funding crisis for the organisation.

Erika Mikalauskiene and Evans Shirihuru meet Councillor Joe Reilly

Erika Mikalauskiene and Evans Shirihuru meet Councillor Joe Reilly

At this meeting we received support across all parties and eight councillors spoke about their support for the organisation. Cultur will meet TDs in the Dail on Wednesday 26th June 5pm.

Members of the Women's Group, Women's Leadership Programme and the Migrants Forum meet Meath County Councillors

Members of the Women's Group, Women's Leadership Programme and the Migrants Forum meet Meath County Councillors

Migrant organisations from around the country will attend this meeting to discuss the sustainability of work with migrants in Ireland.


List of events in our campaign

Here is the list of events agreed at our campaign planning meeting last week. It would be great if you could attend of these events as many as possible, we really need to keep the momentum of this campaign going.

Please remember to spread the word to family, friends, neighbours and colleagues.

Day Time Event
Monday June 10th. 4.45pm meeting with county councillors outside Meath County Council Building,next to library)
Monday June 17th 4.45pm Planning meeting for next stage of campaign, in Cultur offices
Wednesday June 26th. 11.30am Dail trip. Meet at Cultur offices to travel together to the Dail for protest, handing in petition and meeting with politicians.

Are you a migrant worker living in Co. Meath?
Then this event may be of interest to you!

This year, to mark World Cultural Diversity Day, SIPTU and Cultúr will co-host an event to highlight the diversity of Meath’s workforce and to draw attention to the need of migrant workers and their families to have a source of reliable information on their rights and entitlements at work.

The event will see the launch of a new colour ‘We are SIPTU’ poster featuring migrant members of the union and welcoming workers from a diversity of cultural backgrounds in a range of languages.

Speakers include:

  • Mr. Damien English T.D. Chairperson of the Oireachtas Committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise,
  • Ms. Ineta Millere, Migrant Workers Committee SIPTU
  • Mr. Anton McCabe, Labour Councillor, Navan Town Council
Where?
SIPTU Dan Shaw Centre,
Dan Shaw Road,
Navan
When?
Monday 20th May 2013, Time: 7.30pm

For more information on this event see website www.siptu.ie or email info@cultur.ie or by phone to Sylwia on 046 9093120


Realising the potential of the Asylum and Migration Fund

Cultúr along with Migrant Rights Centre Ireland, Cross Care Migrant Project has submitted a paper to the Directorate General on Home Affairs in the European Commission on the new Asylum and Migration Fund which will be rolled out across Europe in 2014.

We are hoping that this new round will have a significant impact on the lives of those seeking asylum and migrants in Ireland.

Please see this link:
PDF logo Realising the potential of the Asylum and Migration Fund
to read our joint position paper.


Are you an Au Pair?

Are you living and working in County Meath?

Would you like to come to a meeting to talk about the experience of being an au pair in Ireland?

Where?
Cultur Migrant Center,
Balmoral Business Park,
Kells Road, Navan, County Meath
Beside Navan Auto Glass
When?
Monday May 13th at 7pm.

For More Information Contact: Sinead or Theresa at 046 9093120

PDF logoFlyer for au pair meeting.pdf

Upcoming Course....
Community Work in a Changing Co. Meath

NUI Certificate Level 7 Awarded by NUI Maynooth

By the end participants will have An understand the principles of community work;
Explored key issues impacting on communities and different groups within communities for example migrants Travellers, women;
Examined the keys themes in community work in relation to equality, anti racism and social justice; Developed skills in planning community work initiatives.

Who should attend?

This certificate is designed for persons interested or already active in Meath based volunteer or community work initiatives

Please see attached Brochure for more information on this course...Closing Date 31st May 2013

PDF logo Brochure-CWCM.pdf

International Women's Day 2013

Cultur Women's Group are proud to be involved in this year's celebration of International Women's Day. Events will be held in Meath County Council Library in Navan to mark this special day. The theme for this celebration is "Inspirational Women, Influential Women". The day will feature a wide range of events, from music and photography to VEC presentations and wellness seminars.

The Women's Group will be showcasing their beautiful embroidery skills, talking about the importance of the group to migrant women in county Meath and lending an international perspective on the importance of women's rights.

We hope that you will come to join us for this wonderful celebration of women everywhere.

What: International Women's Day - Inspirational Women, Influential Women
When: Friday 8th of March 10.30-3.30
Where: Meath County Council Library, Navan (beside Solstice Arts Centre & the Fair Green)


Cultúr Migrants Centre invites YOU
to Celebrates UN International Migrants Day
18th December 2012

We will celebrate with music, food and a reflection on the rights of migrants in Ireland today.

UN International Migrants Day - is a day which celebrates the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants around the world. This day is observed in many countries, through the sharing of information on human rights , experiences and the design of actions to ensure the protection of migrants

Leaflets to download:
flag IEUE Migrants Day.pdf
flag PLUE Migrants Day PL.pdf
flag RUUE Migrants Day RU.pdf


Communications and Campaigns internship

Cultúr are advertising a Communications and Campaigns internship for 6 months. Please find attached role specification, potential candidates should have a relevant third level qualification in journalism, public relations, communications work, event management or marketing.

No work experience is required but a qualification as outlined is.

Application is a cover letter and CV to sinead@cultur.ie

The closing date for application is November 30th 2012.

PDF logoCommunications Internship.pdf

All candidates must meet the criteria of the national Jobsbridge programme in order to qualify i.e. be in receipt of a social welfare payment.


Are you a migrant living in Trim?
Then this event may be of interested to you!

What:
Information Workshop on Rights and Entitlements for Migrants
social welfare, work place rights, housing and information on services)
When:
Tuesday 20th November at 7pm
Where:
Respond Centre - Mornington Heights,
Summerhill Road, Trim
(as you enter Mornington Heights Estate, the Respond Centre is on the left hand side beside the green area)

Leaflets to download:
flag IELeaflets for Trim in English.pdf
flag PLLeaflets for Trim in Polish.pdf
flag LTLeaflets for Trim in Lithuanian.pdf
flag RULeaflets for Trim in Russian.pdf

This event is organised by:
Cultúr Migrants Centre and Trim Family Resource Centre and The MeathMigrants Forum



Social Inclusion Week 2012

Cultúr welcomes the launch of Social Inclusion Week 2012 and are looking forward to being involved in events to mark the week.

The photos above include the launch of the week in Navan Library

Social Inclusion Week

a photo of Cultúr staff Theresa Martin and Yemi Adenuga meet Damien English T.D. at a roundtable discussion on his role as Oireachtas Chairperson of the Dail committee on Jobs, Innovation and Enterprise

Social Inclusion Week

and finally the launch of the art installation by the Meath Migrants Arts Group in Navan Library.

Cultúr will also take part in an information stall in Navan Shopping Centre on Thursday October 25th 2012.


CAREER GUIDANCE INFORMATION WORKSHOPS

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The R.E.A.C.H.
Project Realising Equality, Achieving Change Holistically

A programme for Migrant Women living in Co. Meath enabling access to mainstream education, training and employment opportunities.

  • Are you a migrant woman living in County Meath?
  • Are you struggling to identify work opportunities?
  • Do you have difficulties in accessing further education training?
  • Do you need more information about what education and training supports are available to you?

Then this information workshop is for you! You can get one-to-one support with:

  • Career Pathways Mapping & Mentoring Workshop
  • Job Skills Preparation Workshop

Cost:
Free of charge!!!

Who can attend?
All Migrant Women living in County Meath.

First Information Workshops will be run in these areas:

Place: Date: Time: Venue:
Navan Tue 09/10/12 6.30pm-9.30pm Unity centre, Windtown
Trim Tue 16/10/12 6.30pm-9.30pm Trim GAA
Ashbourne Mon 22/10/12 6.30pm-9.30pm Ashbourne Comm. Sch
Kells Tue 23/10/12 6.30pm-9.30pm To be confirmed

Interested in participating in these workshops?
For more information contact:
Yemi (Project Officer)
Tel: 0877621660
Email: yemi@cultur.ie

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Failte Isteach conversational English classes

English Classes

Failte Isteach conversational English classes are back on:
Thursday 27th September
from 7.00 pm - 9.00 pm
on the 1st floor of St Marys Parish Centre

opposite Dunnes Stores grocery and will run until December 13th starting again in the new year.

Anyone interested can come on the first night to register - the cost is €2 per night to cover material costs.