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1 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004

2 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Final Report ‘Training on awareness raising in the workplace regarding refugees, asylum seekers, racism and discrimination issues’ © The content of this report does not necessarily reflect the view of the funders of KADE

3 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Contents  Acknowledgements  Project team and partners  Foreword  Introduction  Establishing the project  Project Advisory Group  Emerging principals  Implementing the project  Training workshops  Insights and observations  Evaluation  Conclusion  Appendices

4 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Acknowledgements KADE wishes to acknowledge all those who participated in and assisted the Project  Kerry County Council  Tralee Refugee Support Service  Killarney Asylum Seeker Support Initiative  The Reception and Integration Agency

5 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 I mplementing the Project Project Team and Partners Project Team:  KADE Coordinator  Project Officer  Project Evaluator The Project Team was supported by:  KADE Resource Centre staff  Training guest speaker legal expert Project Advisory Group:  Kerry County Council  Tralee Refugee Support Service  Killarney Asylum Seeker Support Initiative  KADE Chairperson

6 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Foreword: KADE Chairperson Paul Hanrahan Dramatic unprecedented increase in those seeking refuge or asylum from outside this island. Tragedy in one part of the globe can have a direct impact on us locally. We here in Ireland suffered the scourge of emigration for many years. The solution: creation of a healthy economy with a respect for human rights, allowing people to live with dignity in the land of their ancestors. Only long term solution to the crisis of displacement: ensure that home environments are safe.

7 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Needed: creative and innovative response on the part of our leaders, to ensure the wellbeing of the migrants while preserving the wellbeing of the home community. We are fortunate here in Kerry that such leadership exists, e.g.County Council took the unique step of adopting the Barcelona agreement (designed to protect the rights of those with disabilities). We are now challenged to show the same care towards those forced to leave their homes and come to our shores seeking shelter and safety; the people of Kerry are more than equal to that challenge.

8 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Introduction Project Context ‘Local Issues with Global Connections’ – The relevance of Refugee and Asylum Issues for Local Authorities in Kerry highlighted the need to promote an increased awareness of the ‘global dimensions’ to refugee and asylum issues in Ireland among Local Authorities. “ Issues relating to poverty, inequality and displacement in Africa, Asia and Eastern European countries are no longer a distant concern to Irish people, but are having a direct impact on life in Ireland and Kerry”. (Collins, A. ‘Local Issues with Global Connections’ 2002)

9 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Key Research Objectives 4 Research Objectives  Assess views of statutory/non-statutory agencies on the importance of refugee/asylum issues  Explore ways in which local government can become more informed  Inform local government on the possible development of agreed local strategies  Explore role that Development Education could play in promoting greater awareness and understanding

10 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Report Recommendations for Local Authorities in Kerry  Leadership role for the Local Authority  Commitment to legislative obligations  Influencing public opinion  Including refugees and asylum seekers in policy making  Training for staff

11 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Report Recommendations for Development Education Centres  Increasing awareness of the global dimension  Learning from activities of other Local Authorities  Developing links with local support groups

12 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Report Presented to Kerry County Council Housing SPC November 2003

13 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Securing Project Funding  European Refugee Fund (main funder) - provided an opportunity to develop a training and awareness raising project  Expected Project Outcomes - positive impact on levels of awareness, attitudes towards refugees and asylum seekers, and on service provision within the local authorities

14 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Securing Project Funding  KADE identified the project’s potential to inform practice and the planned dissemination of this work to other local authorities upon completion  Department of Justice Equality and Law Reform identified the project’s potential to inform agency work with county and city development boards

15 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Establishing the Project KADE formally set out the aims and objectives Key focus: staff in Kerry County and Town Councils  Awareness raising  Providing knowledge and skills  Supporting enhancement of service delivery  Facilitating the development of a coordinated policy

16 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Establishing the Project Key objectives focused on a series of 5 coordinated actions, followed by planned information dissemination  Preparatory research  Needs analysis  Delivery of training  Evaluation  Comprehensive documentation of the project Dissemination of lessons learned – pilot outcomes can serve to inform wider Local Authority service provision

17 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Project Advisory Group Role Of Advisory Group to act in an advisory capacity at key stages of the project, and to contribute expertise and support in 4 key areas:  guidance on best practice in working with refugees and asylum seekers  exchange and sharing of local knowledge  provision of ongoing feedback to the KADE Project Team  assistance in the dissemination of the learning that emerged from the Project

18 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Project Advisory Group Arron Olaniron, Grainne Landers, Aoife C. Clifford Marilyn Counihan, Mary McGillicuddy, Roselyn E. Akobai

19 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Principles which Emerged 3 elements emerged which influenced the process and delivery of the project  Consultation  Partnership and inclusion  Training for direct action

20 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Implementing the Project The 6 stages 1.Preparatory research 2.Preparatory research continued: needs analysis/staff mapping 3.Determining the knowledge base 4.Delivery of training and evaluation 5.Project documentation 6.Report dissemination

21 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Preparatory Research This involved reviewing secondary research material and conducting small scale primary research at a local level. Secondary Research:  Facts and information about refugee and asylum issues  Database information  Legislation and regulatory frameworks

22 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Preparatory Research Primary Research:  Interviews with selected local support groups  KCC staff mapping exercise

23 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Interviews with Local Support Groups Objectives  Gain a clearer understanding of current local practice  Build relationships with local support services Focus  Prevalent issues for refugees and asylum seekers in the local community  Identify current strategies employed by local support services

24 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Selected Interviews with Local Support Groups Prevalent issues  Living in Direct Provision for long periods  Coping with feelings of isolation  Accessing affordable early years education services  Support for children in the education system at key transition stages (e.g. Primary to Post-Primary)

25 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Interviews with Local Support Groups Current strategies employed by local support services:  Providing access to information  Promoting interculturalism and personal capacity building  Interagency networking

26 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Staff Mapping Exercise Department of Community and Enterprise Department of Roads and Transportation Department of Environment and Water Services Department of Planning and Sustainable Development Department of Housing Corporate Services FinanceLegal Affairs

27 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Areas of Activity Library ServiceEstate Management Motor Taxation Arts and Sports Office Third Level Grants Housing Repairs and Maintenance PlanningRefuse Collection Environment of Towns and Villages CommunicationsPlay and Recreation

28 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 The Local Authority in Kerry Determining the current knowledge base  Previous training on equality frameworks  Complementarities with Development Education models  Training that has begun the process of awareness raising about refugee and asylum issues  Training with ‘action planning’ and ‘networking’ elements as part of the training outcomes

29 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Proposal for Training Workshops Training Workshops  Incorporating information provision and awareness raising  Input from invited speakers  Resource packs Evaluation  Assessing the impact, quality and cost effectiveness of the project

30 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Training Workshops Content included  Exchange of experiences by participants  Information provision  Awareness raising (experiential exercise)  Input from invited solicitor  Questions and Answers  Review of selected websites  Resource pack

31 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Evaluation  External Evaluator  Monitoring and evaluation process designed at outset  Individual participant questionnaires  Invited follow-up interview  Final written report

32 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Training – Key Themes  2002 Report content and recommendations  Development Education  Refugees and asylum seekers - understanding the process, definitions and legal context  Global trends / local situation  Why people leave their country of origin

33 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Training – Key Themes  The needs of refugees and asylum seekers  Integration – elements of good practice  Mainstreaming anti-racism and integration  Input from invited guest legal expert (solicitor)

34 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Evaluation  17 of 22 participants completed an Evaluation Questionnaire.  All 17 participants evaluated the programme as achieving its aims.  16 participants agreed that they had gained a better understanding of the concerns of asylum seekers and refugees in dealing with the department/unit of the local authority that the participant worked in. 1 participant disagreed.  12 participants would be willing to participate if a Planning/ Implementation Review group was set up within the Local Authorities in Kerry to prepare and implement changes in policy, procedures and practices.

35 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Insights and Observations Key things we learned:  Commitment of local support centres  Inclusion and participation of refugees and asylum seekers  Use ‘policy’ to inform ‘practice’  Build effective partnership between public bodies and voluntary organisations

36 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 Conclusion  Build local capacity - value the inclusion and participation of refugees in awareness raising initiatives  Undertake collaborative relationships – develop local strategies to support integration in the community  Inform wider policy and practice – e.g. use the KADE project model as a resource and a tool for change in other Local Authority areas

37 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 List of Appendices  ‘Local Issues with Global Connections – the Relevance of Refugee and Asylum Issues for Local Authorities in Kerry’ report  List of documents identified as secondary resource material (preparatory stage)  Training workshop Powerpoint presentation  Resource pack for participants (listing)

38 This project is co-financed by the European Refugee Fund 2004 List of Appendices, continued  Guest legal expert Powerpoint presentation  Guest legal expert lecture notes  Notes from semi-structured interviews with local support groups (preparatory stage)  Evaluation questionnaire for participants


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