Diversity Challenges is the lead partner. Other partners include; The Integration Centre, The County Museum, Dundalk, and the Rural Community Network.
Diversity Challenges was founded in 2001. Its vision is: a society in which people understand, and take responsibility for, the shared and distinctive traditions of all communities. It aims to assist culturally specific groups in integrating community relations principles and considerations within all aspects of their work. Specifically:
Target key culturally specific groups within Ireland, with greatest impact on community life.Identify influential individuals within each organisation who are driving change (or wish to drive change) towards a fuller and more constructive role in a diverse society. Support the individuals through consultancy, coaching, training, networking and practical assistance to develop and implement change strategies within their organisations.
Provide training, e.g. community development, good relations, essential skills, drama,storytelling, musical skills.
Undertake community audits and local research projects for the benefit of local groups. Facilitate the development of family friendly events at parades and demonstrations leading to change in the nature of parading and reducing tension. Help society to deal with the past conflict to remember and change to a more peaceful time when we are at peace with ourselves. Use the experience gained in the project to develop and publish good practice models for international circulation. Provide consultancy and training support on the use of the best practice models to agencies in other countries facing similar challenges. Diversity Challenges has expertise and experience of working with a wide of cultural groups. In it s work dealing with the past Diversity Challenges has worked with republican ex-prisoners; former members of the police and army in N.I. and the Republic, the wider republican community.
The Integration Centre is an established leading organisation in connecting communities and advancing integration between migrants and the broader society across Ireland. It is committed to building an inclusive society where migrants and their families are fully and equally involved. The Integration Centre promotes the integration and inclusion of immigrants by focusing on the following core areas:
Local Information, Advice and Advocacy Services: mainstream immigration information advocacy services to immigrants on issues of protection and access to services throughout Ireland (Immigrants, Persons seeking asylum, Refugees)
Local Integration Planning and Programmes: support and initiate local area integration planning, its implementation and programmes, including EU Peace III programmes for Northern Ireland and the border regions
Monitoring Integration: monitor levels of immigrant integration locally and nationally using the European Union integration monitoring indicators. Influence National Integration Policy: engage with policy makers, provide evidence based research, identify the challenges to integration of immigrants in Ireland and provide practical solutions to influence positive change in legislation, policy and practice. TIC has an increasing membership network of 250 community groups and organisations in Ireland, including in County Louth.
The County Museum, Dundalk is an award-winning museum covering the historical development of County Louth from the Stone Age to the present day. It is a service provided and funded by Dundalk Town Council. Its mission commits it to inspire a familiarity with the past through the collection, conservation, and communication of the historical heritage of County Louth and its wider community. Its involvement with the proposed project reflects the natural extension of this principle, by actively assisting not only the collection of oral testimonies but also their dissemination for future generations or through the development of a research archive. With significant experience of organising and developing these archives (evidenced in the inclusion of such installations in both our permanent as well as several of our more recent temporary exhibitions) the Museum brings a critical degree of specialist expertise to the project.
The Rural Community Network is established in County Louth through the Rural Enabler Programme and has an office in a rural area, has contacts especially in the rural community, has experience in conducting capacity building amongst community groups and organisations (an aspect of this project which we would see as being integral to it), and has the capacity and already-established networks through which to distribute information verbally and written. http://www.ruralcommunitynetwork.org
The work of Diversity Challenges on this project will principally be carried out by Will Glendinning (Coordinator of DC) and Dr Laurence McKeown (Project Coordinator on AFTERMATH). The work of The Integration Centre will be carried out by Tosin Omiyale (in the role of project coordinator for TIC).
Project Management Group (PMG)
Diversity Challenges: Will Glendinning, Karen Ferris, Laurence McKeown
The Integration Centre: Atinuke Oluwole Achioya, Tosin Omiyale
The County Museum, Dundalk: Brian Walsh
The Rural Community Network: Sharon O’Toole