Information, Assistance & Advocacy
- Are you a refugee living in Donegal? Are you living in International Protection accommodation? Are you from a Black or other Minority Ethnic background? Are you a member of the Roma Community? Do you need assistance with your Visa status, work permit, welfare or other documents? Have you experienced racism or discrimination? The Donegal Intercultural Platform provides supports and signposting to services in these areas:
- visa and work employment
- child and family support
- incident reporting
International Protection supports
The Intercultural Platform was established in 2009 to support people in Direct Provision Hostels in Donegal Town and Moville.
Since that time we have been at the forefront of opposition to Direct Provision (DP) – but in support of people in the DP system. We attend meetings of the Friends of Port Road IPAS Apartments, support groups and events and we are working directly with the residents of the IPAS houses for people in the international Protection Accommodation system. We cover the entire county of Donegal.
We are funded to deliver for a special support programme called ‘Pathways to Inclusion’ to assist recently arrived people in the asylum system across Donegal. This programme if funded by the Department of Integration (DCEDIY) See more information on the Pathways Tab.
English conversation Classes
Classes are talking a winter break – back in mid-January.
We deliver face-to-face English conversations workshops in a variety of locations across Donegal. Classes usually take place every Wednesday in the Library in Letterkenny from 10.30 to 12.30 and for complete beginners each Thursday in Letterkenny’s Trinity Hall near the Cathedral also from 10.30, Donegal Town Mondays 10.30 in the Church of Ireland hall. We have classes in Glenties, Ardara and Kilmacrennan. Bundoran has classes on Tuesday afternoons 2pm in the Community centre and Milford also on Tuesdays in the Public Services Centre and Mondays and Tuesday in Planet Youth in Balltbofey. Also in Buncrana on Thursdays during the intercultural café session at 11am in the Exchange. If you would like to help – we always need conversation facilitators – email firstname.lastname@example.org call or text Paul on 0860841433 or use the ‘contact’ tab in this website. Also use these contact points for more details on the classes. Thank you.
We support Ukrainians
A service dedicated to supporting children and families from Ukraine adjusting to life in County Donegal. We recognise that family life is not always easy. Life events can affect our family life and family relationships. We have been supported by CYPSC Donegal and TUSLA.
Our Community Links Team will support you and will:
• Listen, support and assist you in your family’s place of residence
• Create the conditions for the inclusion of parents in accessing appropriate services
• Signpost you to specific support services for adults, teenagers, children and carers
• Support your inclusion in TUSLA’S ‘Meitheal’ system of Family Support gatherings so you can address issues as they arise.
• Inform you of Children’s Rights under ‘Children First’ legislation in Ireland so that you are informed of all aspects of law relating to family support and Child Protection in Ireland.
We are proud to support the new Ukrainian Community Support (UCS) group of Ukrainians who have established an advocacy and support project on a voluntary basis. The UCS meets in our intercultural Hub.
Think Equality Donegal
Think Equality Donegal (TED) was established in 2021 as a unique collaboration between the Donegal Travellers Project, Donegal Intercultural Platform and Donegal Local Development Company.
The project seeks to promote the inclusion of Black Minority Ethnic (BME) communities, including Traveller and Roma, in all aspects of the county’s economic and social life by building a culture of respect for human rights, equality and intercultural understanding. Specifically, the project is concerned with addressing the barriers that are preventing members of BME communities, including Traveller and Roma, from having equality of access and outcome across public services in Donegal. To that end, a core component of our work is to engage, inform and support public/government bodies to meet their responsibilities to comply with the public sector equality and human rights duty. At the same time, we are working to build the capacity of BME communities, including Traveller and Roma, to assume leadership and decision-making roles within our public institutions.
Think Equality Donegal’s vision is of an inclusive, equal society in Donegal where culture, diversity and ethnicity are valued and celebrated within connected communities across the county, and where prejudice and discrimination have no place on the lips or in the minds of our residents or our leaders. (See more information under the Think Equality Donegal tab).