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EU Roma Week saw the first session of ‘Community Work in a Changing Ireland’ – a course for

Traveller and Roma leaders – take place at NUI, Maynooth.

Traveller and Roma leaders get ready for the first session of "Community Work in a Changing Ireland" course in NUI, Maynooth. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Traveller and Roma leaders get ready for the first session of “Community Work in a Changing Ireland” course in NUI, Maynooth. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Ronnie Fay, Pavee Point leads a session during "Community Work in a Changing Ireland", NUI Maynooth ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Ronnie Fay, Pavee Point leads a session during “Community
Work in a Changing Ireland”, NUI Maynooth ©Photo by Derek Speirs

This course is taking place over four sessions between now and October and aims:

  •  To promote effective intercultural community development to improve the communication and co-operation between Travellers & Roma and public institutions

  • To ensure the integration of a rights-based approach in community development work between Traveller & Roma communities  and public institutions

  • To support the work of Traveller and Roma community development workers and activists.

Group work ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Group work ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Group work. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

Group work. ©Photo by Derek Speirs

“We are all there as people who want to make positive change,” said one student Margaret McDonagh.  “I believe we are all more than capable of doing this course and using the skills we gain for the betterment of the community.”

Pavee Point are national organizers of this Maynooth University DAPPSS/ Council of Europe initiative. Pavee Point is advised and supported by a national advisory group of experienced and qualified human rights community workers.  The course is also supported by RomEd and the Council of Europe.

"Community Work in a Changing Ireland", tutors and students.©Photo by Derek Speirs

“Community Work in a Changing Ireland”, tutors and students.©Photo by Derek Speirs