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The ERF Project, Intercultural Network of Community Activists is managed by Galway Refugee Support Group.  The project involves delivering a community work course Community Work in a Changing Ireland for members of the refugee community in Galway.  This is a part-time course delivered over an eight month period and it is accredited by NUI Maynooth.  Community Work in a Changing Ireland includes the following modules:
  • Understanding community and society
  • Principles and processes of community work
  • Key concepts and themes in community work
  • Community work in Ireland and Galway
  • Roles and responsibilities in community projects
  • Planning a community project
Participants also have the opportunity to complete a number of optional modules including video production, youth work and community based research. In addition to the formal learning, participants also complete a work placement in local community development organisations.
Learning from the programme is shared with local development agencies and committees.


This project completed in May 2012. 

Case Study
We offered all students on the Community Work in a Changing Ireland course the opportunity to participate in a 20 hour ‘work experience/placement’.  The ‘work placement’ was not a mandatory requirement of the course.  The placement was a means for our participants to network and build relationships with key organisations and individuals in the city and county.  It also offered the chance for students to experience community work at first hand.
We approached a wide range of organisations in advance to see if they would be willing to participate in the project.  A practice handbook was developed and provided to each organisation.  We also facilitated introductions and meetings between the students and sponsoring organisations.
Wherever possible, we ensured that we offered work placements that matched students’ interests, for example, working with young people, community based services or Galway Intercultural Forum.