Dublin North West Area Partnership were delighted to host a Social Inclusion Seminar on February 3rd in the Crowne Plaza Santry attended by 90 representatives of community and statutory bodies in the Dublin North West Area.
The event was opened by DNWAP CEO Michael Bowe who welcomed attendees and spoke of the importance of inclusivity as a value within the work of DNWAP. Tommy Simpson, Chair of the DNWAP Social Inclusion Action Appraisal Committee provided opening remarks acknowledging the hard work of DNWAP staff and members of community groups in rolling out the programme in 2016.
John Lonergan, Youth & Community Activist and former governor of Mountjoy Prison was a guest speaker for the morning and set a positive tone highlighting the importance of community-led action in bringing about social change.
Attendees then heard from Sandra Dillon of the Meeting Place who spoke of her experience as a parent of a child with a spectrum condition and the development of a ‘Hippo Therapy’ programme providing support for children and families through equine therapy.
Ray Corcoran a youth worker with the Poppintree Youth Project described his project which used conflict resolution training, field trips and developing a mural to promote conflict resolution between settled and traveller young people attending their service.
Mary Corridan, LCG development officer with DNWAP spoke about some of the lessons learned through implementing the programme in 2016 and also gave information on how to apply to join the Learning Forum in 2017.
Nina Farrell, Co-ordinator of the Public Participation Network and John Redmond a member of the secretariat then provided an overview of the PPN as a means to promote civic engagement and community participation in decision making at a local and national level.
Feedback from attendees included
“The various groups were very insightful and spoke in clear language – very passionate about their work”
“The networking aspect of this event was absolutely brilliant”
“The personal stories and organisation stories made for a very informative, invigorating and motivational morning”
The Social Inclusion Learning Forum is now open to new applicants with a closing date of 24th February. Application forms are available below;
Click link for our Guidelines on Filling Application Form 2017
Click link for our General Guidelines for Social Inclusion Learning Forum Applications
Click link for our Social Inclusion Application Form