Steps toward Intercultural Inclusion Project Donegal (15-25 yrs)

Project Outline

Donegal Intercultural Platform are developing and delivering an inclusion-focused action-research pilot project (In-Step) targeting young people 15-25 living in International Protection settings and in Ukrainian refugee accommodation with aim greater inclusion in youth, community and recreational initiatives.

The Platform would establish a youth team through various creative approaches to explore impediments and challenges to inclusion as experienced by the group members and by other young people living in the IPAS and Temporary Protection accommodation. The In-Step project would also establish a aren’t/Guardian reference group to contribute to the action research process from inception to final report. The project will be drawing on the work and experience of our colleagues in the Irish Refugee Council and their youth project and their excellent Tight Spaces project report.
Read the report here: tightspaces


To identify actions & processes that young people find to be effective in breaking down barriers to inclusion, support growth in self-confidence & overcome the particular challenges facing the target groups.

The project will run from March until August 2023 with the final report / findings presented at the end of August 2023 in good time for consideration by schools, youth clubs and services, afterschool projects, Family Resource Centres and community development projects. We would hope to continue the older age working group beyond August to provide longer term support and advocacy.

A youth-led process that identifies what young people in the asylum and refugee communities experience, need and can overcome through appropriate and creative actions including language and cultural supports, recreational opportunities that provides some ‘guides to action’ for youth and community work practitioners working to include refugee and asylum-resident young people in their programmes. The project would consider two working groups 15-18 and 18-25 or 30 each with specific objectives, methods and outcomes.

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