Mayor’s Awards wins for the Network, Ireland for Ukraine Fund opens, and Free LGBT Workshops

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Chris Sullivan from Huntstown, Catherine Coady from Castleknock Community Centre, and Stephen Ennis of Fingal Liam Rodgers Centre all received Special Recognition Awards at the 2022 Mayor’s Awards ceremony last week.

For Chris and Catherine, the awards were given to acknowledge their support and contribution to their community, especially to older residents during Covid-19. An example of the outstanding support Catherine provided over lockdown was organising a weekly coffee and scone drop to 120 cocooning members of the community. Chris and the staff in Huntstown were involved in organising food parcels with the Fingal Response Team as well as providing Acorn tablets to cocooning residents to connect them with their families.

Catherine Coady accepting the Special Recognition Award from Mayor Seána Ó’Rodaigh (courtesy of Siobhan Shovlin (@siobhanshovlin) / Twitter)

The Special Merit Award was presented to Stephen Ennis, manager of Fingal Liam Rodgers Centre for his vital role in assisting Ukrainian refugees when their Centre was active as a Designated Rest Centre.

Ireland for Ukraine Fund opens for applications

A coalition of Ireland’s leading media organisations have come together to launch a public fundraising campaign to aid the growing humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The ‘Ireland for Ukraine’ campaign aims to raise funds for people affected by the conflict, which includes those who have been displaced.

Irish organisations working with refugees from Ukraine at a local, regional and national level can apply for a grant under the following strands:

  • Primary Response
  • Community Response
  • Specialised Response
  • Collaborative Response

Free LGBT Workshops for Dublin Pride 2022

Fingal’s Integration Team, in collaboration with Dublin Pride, will host two workshops in Fingal this month.

How To Be An Ally Balbriggan Library – 22nd June @11am – 12pm

Being an LGBTQ+ ally can make a huge difference for those in the workplace, as well as in everyday life, whether you show your allyship by showing up to Pride Parades or just standing up against homophobia or transphobia. It is super easy too – but sometimes we may worry about using our voices in case we offend or say the wrong thing. Join us as we go through talking about the power of allies, confronting our own bias, and identifying hurtful or damaging language. This informal workshop will aim to show people how they can make a huge difference through everyday acts of kindness.

Rainbow Connection Blanchardstown Library – 22nd June @3pm -4pm

People are the driving force behind any activist movement, and sustainable, effective support starts with community engagement.

This module is specifically designed for not-for-profit organisations that want to learn more about supporting rainbow communities. From an overview of LGBTQ+ organisations as well as practical tips on how to meaningfully connect with rainbow communities with the resources that are available.

*No booking required for these events*


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