By Kay McCabe, Involve Meath
The European Commission Representation in Ireland has published a new collection of stories about the EU and equality and inclusion in Ireland.
Inspired by the EU motto, ‘United in Diversity’, the Diversity Journal showcases the work that is happening in communities across Ireland which is connecting with, and supporting, key groups including young people, refugees and asylum seekers, and families in need. These stories demonstrate the strong partnership between Ireland and the EU in promoting equality, diversity and inclusion and bringing about positive change, with the support of European funding programmes, awards and initiatives (including Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps.)
One of the Involve Youth Project’s work is included in this journal. Involve Youth Project Meath have been participating in European Youth work since 2016. Through their work, funded and supported by Leargas (Ireland’s national agency for Erasmus+), Involve Youth Project Meath have participated in seven youth exchanges, a youth work toolkit development and a Youth dialogue project that has led to a national Mental Health campaign for young people.
On the 2nd February, two of their youth workers Kay McCabe and Brian Doyle went to Government Buildings to meet TD Thomas Byrne and the European Commission’s Irish Representative Barbara Nolan to launch the Diversity Journal. Kay and Brian also got to speak to Minister Byrne about some of their work in Meath and highlighted some of the issues facing young people from the Traveller Community. Brian also got to tell the Minister about his own Erasmus+ journey and how it has made him the youth worker he is today. Brian is currently studying a Level 8 specialising in Global Youth work in NUI Maynooth.