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Cultúr manages The MIME Project – Migrants Integrating in Meath Equally.  The project aims to promote the integration of Third Country Nationals living in County Meath.  The MIME project also provides targeted support to Third Country people who are at risk of poverty, discrimination and social exclusion.  The project uses a community development approach and empowers migrants to address the issues that affect them.  The project is a joint initiative with Meath VEC
The MIME Project’s key areas are:
Outreach Work
Cultúr conducts outreach work to identify Third Country Nationals living around Meath.  Cultúr offers information, support and opportunities to link into the wider community. 
Information Provision
Cultúr provides a dedicated drop-in service.  Cultúr’s staff and volunteers provide information to Non EU migrants about living and working in Ireland. 
STEP Training Programme
Meath VEC delivers the STEP training programme.  Training modules include English language, IT skills and job preparation.  STEP is open to all Third Country Nationals.  This is of particular importance to those who do not have access to the mainstream VEC training courses because of their immigration status.  STEP is running in Navan, Kells, Dunboyne and Duleek.  Over 85 people have enrolled on the STEP programme.
Research and Thematic Groups
Cultúr has researched the issues that affect the lives of Third Country people living in County Meath.  The lack of training opportunities and work experience and the social isolation of migrant women have emerged as key ‘themes’.  Cultúr has supported Third Country people to set up two ‘thematic groups’.  The thematic groups meet on a regular basis to discuss these themes and to design an action plan to address the issues.
The MIME Project ended in September 2012.
Case Study
It has been our experience that many migrants are unaware of the supports that are available to them.  For this reason, they are unlikely to come to our drop in service.  As we have stated many times over the course of the MIME Project, ‘People do not know what they do not know!’  This is why we believe it is crucial to have an outreach service which ‘reaches out’ to          Third Country Nationals.  Through our outreach work, we have informal chats with people.  We then link them into the many organisations, services and supports that are available for them. 
The following case histories came about as a direct result of our outreach work through a combination of churches, schools, libraries, trade unions, and a wide variety of other sources:
The Case of  ‘P’
A contact from an ethnic-led group referred me to an African gentleman in Ashbourne who was willing to talk about his experience of being a migrant in County Meath.  During our meeting, he mentioned that his wife was struggling to understand English and was very isolated - especially as he was out at work every day.  I met with P and discovered that she had left school at a very early age and had difficulties with literacy.  I contacted the VEC and they managed to find a tutor to work with P once a week on a one-to-one basis.  P has been studying literacy and English for a number of months now and is improving slowly and steadily.   Without this outreach work, P would not have known that the VEC NALA service existed and she would continue to be isolated and alone at home.
The Case of ‘M’
M was referred to me through a friend.  As we chatted it became apparent that M was a highly qualified electrical engineer.  In her home country, she had a team of 150 engineers but in Ireland she was cleaning hotel rooms two mornings a week.  M was on a social welfare payment for the other three days she was not working.  M did not know that she qualified for the Springboard scheme.   Three months later, M rang me to say she was enrolled with DIT and was working on a bachelor’s degree.  Without our outreach work, she would not have known about the existence of Springboard.