14 women from 12 different countries participated in a Community Café style conversation with migrant women today, in the Samuel Becket Centre, Ballyogan. The purpose of the conversation was to explore migrant women’s experience of living in DLR. It was facilitated by CAN and hosted by Southside Partnership. It was a positive day; we had good conversations around the table about culture, language, employment and accommodation. The women were very interested in learning more about Irish culture, making new friends and finding employment. The conversation explored some of the difficulties and challenges faced by the women in integrating into Irish society; they include social exclusion, language barriers and cultural differences. They spoke about identity and belonging and shared that while some members of their families (husband/children) have settled into Irish life, many of the women themselves feel lonely and isolated. They shared their concerns about the future, their dreams about working and having secure accommodation, and were hopeful about the opportunities living in Ireland affords them. Towards the end of the conversation women spoke about wanting to meet more Irish people, to speak with them, to learn from them and share with them something of their own culture. For more information on our Women’s Integration Programme contact Marese Hegarty in Southside Partnership on 01-4421004


Integrated Collaborative Practice Programme Evaluation Report September 2016

The awarding of certificates to participants on the Integrated Collaborative Practice Programme (ICPP) took place in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Hall on 8th September. The twelve participants on the programme each received a NUI Certificate in Community Education and Equality Studies Level 8 Certificate, which is the equivalent of 20 credit transfers to a BA in Community Studies.

Some of the outcomes achieved included: 
 - Building strategies for more effective integration of services;
 - An enhanced awareness of collaborative practice in community services and settings;
 - An understanding of the role of personal leadership, the values underpinning it and the contribution it makes to integrative services; and
 - Promoting a model of integrated practice that can be replicated elsewhere.

The invited speaker for the graduation ceremony was the Dun Laoghaire County Council Chief Executive, Philomena Poole. The programme was developed and sponsored jointly by the Drug & Alcohol Task Force and Southside Partnership DLR and delivered by Community Action Network (CAN) and Maynooth University. An evaluation report on the ICPP by Patricia Prendiville was launched at the ceremony. View the report here ICPP Report


Southside Partnership is delighted to announce that two of our clients, local business owners SHANE BONNER of NEWMARKET KITCHENS and MARI DONELAN of DAN & MONSTRO, pictured above, have been selected to represent the Dublin Region at the inaugural ILDN National Enterprise Awards in September 2016.

The Dublin Regional Final took place on 30th June in Dublin City Council's Civic Offices where both winners received a trophy and cheque for €1,000.


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