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Testimonials

New Communities Partnership

The experience has given me the opportunity to improve my English and to learn more about the Local Authority functions in the city ... I gained experience working with communities and I had contact with people and organisations important to my future work in Ireland.

 

Work Placement Participant

 

Testimonials

New Communities Partnership

I was given duties which had me using skills I had acquired in the past and learnt a great deal of human negotiations, crisis management, etc ... I was able to experience firsthand the working of the Community Office and their connection to the Fingal Community as whole.

 

Work Placement Participant

 

Testimonials

New Communities Partnership

I definitely felt like a part of a team. By the end of my placement I knew how I and everyone else fit into the broader picture.

 

Work Placement Participant

 

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Promoting Civic Participation of Third Country Nationals through Local Authority Platforms facilitates the integration of new communities in Dublin.  The project is led by New Communities Partnership in collaboration with                   Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council,                    Fingal County Council and South Dublin County Council.                                
 
Dublin Employment Pact also played a critical management role in the first two years of the project.
 
This project promotes the active engagement of new communities in all aspects of Irish social, political, economic and cultural life.  The project delivers a number of activities that support Third Country People to establish a foothold in society.  The project works closely with the four Dublin Local Authorities to deliver these initiatives and to support the councils to fully engage with migrants.
 
The wide range of project activities includes:
 
• Delivery of workshops that promote understanding of the Irish political system and culture.
 
• Production of information leaflets that promote voter registration to Third Country people.
 
• Piloting a new model of mediation between Intercultural Liaison Volunteers and Local Authorities to address minor conflicts amongst local communities.
 
• To offer work experience opportunities for Third Country people in Local Authorities. 
 
• To develop and support an integration / migrant fora within each Local Authority area.  This is to ensure that migrants have a local structure representing their needs and that this structure can engage with Local Authorities on policy and planning.
 
• Training for migrant fora on effective representation skills to support their work in the integration / migrant fora.
 
• Delivery of integration workshops to elected representatives and senior management in Local Authorities.
 
The project completed in August 2013 
 
Case Study
 
 
Our project offers suitable work experience opportunities in each of the four Dublin Local Authorities.  There are a few reasons for doing this.  The work placements support Third Country Nationals to overcome barriers to the labour market.  For instance, the placements provide participants with relevant work experience in an Irish setting.  Secondly, the participants also receive a reference from a reputable Irish employer.  The work placements also help to develop diversity within each Local Authority’s work force.
 
The work placement scheme was introduced in 2011 in three Local Authorities (Fingal,          Dún Laoghaire Rathdown and Dublin City).  This initiative was based on a model that had been piloted by South Dublin County Council.  So far, seven people have taken part in the scheme.  Each placement lasted ten weeks. 

This action has been very successful.  Both the Local Authorities and the participants found the experience very interesting and beneficial.  The participants had the opportunity to work in the Irish office setting, put their knowledge into practice and learn new skills.  Many of the Local Authority staff had a chance, for the first time in their careers, to interact with a ‘colleague’ from a different culture.  Two of the participants got new jobs after they completed their work placements.