This project has completed it work (2018 to 2020) and succeeded in its aim to develop positive relations and the inclusion of and between Black Minority and Ethnic communities (including Travellers and Roma). This was achieved through creating the conditions for respect where cultural diversity is celebrated and communities live, learn and socialise together without prejudice or hate. Its final chapter played out in May 2022 when 21 people from Black and minority ethnic backgrounds, including Travellers and Roma, graduated from the ‘Community Work in a Changing Ireland’ level 7 certificate programme delivered and accredited by Maynooth University. These community leaders will now be playing a pivotal role in the Intercultural Platform, Donegal Travellers Project and its Roma community development project.
The project was a partnership between the lead organisation – Donegal Travellers Project and Donegal Intercultural Platform and was funded through the Special EU Programmes Body. The BIC Project ran from November 2018 until August 2020 and was based at its offices at 18 Celtic Apartments, Letterkenny and covered the whole county of Donegal. The offices are now the base for the DTP Roma project and DTP’s Traveller Education Project.
The BIC project completed its work by August 2020, and the next steps were to link together all the people, associations and groups who have participated in the BIC Project into the ongoing work of the Platform. This will include the weekly Fáilte Isteach English Conversation workshops, the Syrian men’s group that meets each Thursday early evening, the cross-border Common Travel Area Campaign project as well as the regular members meetings to share experiences, ideas and actions…. so email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone/text 0860841433 to get involved!
We worked with our partners in Donegal Travellers Project and with Donegal Local Development (DLDC) and drafted a new county-wide Equality project for Donegal called Think Equality Donegal (TED) that attracted funding from the Rethink Ireland Equality Fund and TED commenced its work in quarter 3 2021. The TED project (and its two part-time staff) is based in the Platform Office on Oliver Plunkett Road, Letterkenny.
More information can be found by visiting The Donegal Travellers Project Website here…