Donegal Diversity Plan 2011 - 2013
The Donegal Diversity Plan 2011 - 2013 was developed under the auspices of Donegal County Development Board and was funded as part of the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan 2008 – 2010.
Changes in Irish society in recent years have brought the issue of ethnic and cultural diversity to the forefront of national policy and have encouraged discussion in relation to such diversity. This has translated to local level and to the initiative shown by the Cultural Diversity Steering Group and the Donegal Intercultural Platform in developing this plan which will see many of the issues faced by minority ethnic communities addressed throughout the county. The Cultural Diversity Steering Group is drawn from a mix of local government, state agencies and the community & voluntary sector. The newly established Donegal Intercultural Platform has been instrumental in shaping the Plan and provided excellent feed back from the minority ethnic communities represented on the platform.
The Donegal Diversity Plan was launched as part of the One Donegal Cultural Diversity Month in November 2011. This Plan was developed by the Cultural Diversity Steering Group, which is responsible for guiding the implementation of a number of projects under the Donegal PEACE III Action Plan. This Plan was funded by the Donegal County Development Board’s Peace and Reconciliation Partnership under the PEACE III Programme 2007-2013.
The Plan sets out the background and need for its’ development and presents an action plan of integrated responses to dealing with the needs and issues of ethnic and cultural minority communities living in Donegal. The aim of the Plan is to enhance equality, interculturalism, anti-racism and anti-sectarianism in our county and to promote and enhance the integration and inclusion of everyone in Donegal.
We are all very aware of the pressures facing organisations throughout the county in terms of continuing to maintain the delivery of services with reduced budgets and staff, however we hope that this Plan will provide organisations with a resource that will help ensure that services and supports are accessible to individuals and groups from ethnic minority and culturally diverse communities. The Cultural Diversity Steering Group will continue to monitor and evaluate the implementation of this Plan through the use of an agreed Reporting Template.
If you would like further information on the Plan please contact Charles Sweeney, Social Inclusion Co-ordinator at 074 91 53214 or email@example.com
Pictured at the official launch of the Donegal Diversity Plan 2011 - 2013 are (left to right) Mayor of Donegal, Cllr Noel Mc Bride, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA and Chair of Donegal CDB Peace and Reconciliation Partnership, Cllr Dessie Larkin.