Tuesday the 6th September saw the beginning of discussions and working groups around the topic of identity and culture in the Traveller Community. A number of key organisations and stakeholders are in Athlone for the next few days to scope the development of an accredited Traveller Culture and Identity programme. In attendance are representatives from Involve; Muine Tobar; Youth Work Ireland; Pavee Point; Norcensus; Rural Media Company; and, Youth Action Northern Ireland.
The 3-day project has specific objectives to cover ranging from reviewing the current material regarding Traveller Culture to inspect its authenticity, relevance and who the end users of this material are. In addition to this, those in attendance will try to outline specific programmes that will meet the current needs of the community in 2016. It promises to be an interesting few days and no doubt the work will yield some positive results.
More updates to follow over the coming days!