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GROUPS OFFERING SUPPORT TO ETHNIC COMMUNITIES

An Munia Tober

An Munia Tober is a Traveller Support Group based inBelfast. The organisation was set up to challenge discrimination and racism against Travellers and to provide support and capacity building programmes to enableTravellers to work towards equality and self determination doloresa@anmuniatober.org

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Artsekta Ltd

ArtsEkta promotes cultural bonding through the arts media.We work to promote understanding of some of the different cultures living in N.I. through arts and crafts,music, dance and other art media. By doing so we foster values of equality, interdependency and diversity  

Website: http://www.artsekta.org.uk

 

Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum

Ballymena Inter - Ethnic Forum provides support to 18Minority-Ethnic Communities in the greater Ballymena areaby providing links to statutory, voluntary bodies andcommunity groups. Through a Bi-lingual Advocacy Service BIEF promotes community and personal safety, capacity building and raises awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity through events and training programmes. ivy.ridge@bief.org.uk 

 

Ballymoney Community Resource Centre

Ballymoney Community Resource Centre provides a support network for community and voluntary organisations; providing advice, guidance and informationon community development issues, projects and funding. BCRC also manages an Ethnic Minority and Migrant Workers Support Project and a Disability Development Programme.

Website: http://www.ballymoneycrc.org.uk

 

Barnardos Tuar Ceatha Services

Barnardo’s Black, Minority Ethnic and Refugee FamilySupport Service. (BMER) This project offers an early intervention service to families with young children up to 14years and is targeted towards black, minority ethnic and refugee families. BMER Family Support Service works with families on an individual and group work basis. We also manage a Traveller’s Pre school Service based in WestBelfast

Website: http://www.barnardos.org.uk

 

Belfast City Council

Funded by URBACT, the OPENCities project includes 10 partners across Europe who recognise that the arrival of large numbers of new residents can create greatopportunities for innovation and progress in social,economic and cultural development. OPENCities aims to explore how cities can attract and retain migrant populations and what initiatives cities can employto make themselves a popular choice with international workers. mccrumk@belfastcity.gov.uk 

Website: http://www.urbact.eu/opencities

 

BELONG

BELONG aims to improve outcomes for BME children andyoung people across the Southern Area of NI. A Familysupport programme to promote a sense of belonging. roisin@belongni.org 

Website: http://www.belongni.org/contact

 

Beyond Skin

Beyond Skin is a peace building organisation using music,arts and media as a tool for cultural exchange and education, with an aim to address racism & sectarianism info@beyondskin.netadmin@beyondskin.net 

Website: http://www.beyondskin.net

 

Foyle Multicultural Forum

The Foyle Multi Cultural Forum is a registered charity established in 2007, consisting of representatives from local minority ethnic community groups in the North West region, as well as representatives from statutory agencies working closely with minority ethnic communities. foylemf@gmail.com  

Website: http://www.foylemf.org

 

GEMS NI Ltd

GEMS provide employability services to people whoexperience disadvantage in the labour market. Minority Ethnic Employability Support service provides this service to BME and Migrant Workers maeve.mckeag@gemsni.org.uk 

Website: http://www.gemsni.org.uk

 

Inclusive Neighbourhood Project - The Corrymeela Community

The Inclusive Neighbourhood Project is a partnershipbetween The Corrymeela Community and the Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers NICRAS. It’s main aim is to support integration between refugee and host community in Northern Ireland amwhite@corrymeela.org 

Website: http://www.corrymeela.org

 

Irish Congress of Trade Unions

Migrant Workers Support Unit at the Irish Congress of Trade Unions supports migrant workers through provision of information, advice and representation in employment matters. kevin.doherty@intuni.org 

Website: http://www.ictuni.org

 

Law Centre (NI)

The Law Centre promotes social justice and reduces inequality by providing legal services to disadvantaged individuals in areas of immigration, social security, community care, mental health and employment. Elizabeth.griffith@lawcentreni.org 

Website: http://www.lawcentreni.org

 

Migrant Worker Support Network

The Migrant Worker Support Network promotes the sharing of ideas, knowledge and resources between organisations and individuals working to support the significantlyincreased population and developing communities of migrant workers and their families keelin@stepni.org.

Objectives - To ensure access to current, reliable, consistent and relevant information. To share good practice, innovation, research, policy development and problem solving. To contribute to the development of appropriate regional strategy and policy. To address the problems created by lack of knowledge, isolation, prejudice. To contribute to the collective challenge to racism, inequality and human rights violation. 

Website: http://www.mwsn.org

 

Multi Cultural Resource Centre

MCRC works with and on behalf of black and minority ethnic individuals and families through advice and support and by providing frontline services for asylum seekers and refugees. sarah@brysononestopservice.com 

 

 

NICEM – Northern Ireland Council for Ethnic Minorities

 NICEM was officially launched on 8th of June 1994 at the Conference on “Racism and Poverty”, which was organised by the Northern Ireland Anti-Poverty Network and NICEM. The initial idea for NICEM developed from the linkage and working relationship between the Chinese, Indian and the Traveling communities, which together with the Committee on the Administration of Justice (CAJ), have been the forefront in campaigning for the race relations legislation in Northern Ireland since 1991.

Website: http://www.nicem.org.uk

 

NICRAS - Northern Ireland Community for Refugees and Asylum Seekers

NICRAS is the only Refugee led community organisation inNI. It provides services to the refugee community, including those claiming asylum. Areas of work include: an Activities Project, an Advice Service, a Training Project, and a Youth Project. nicras@hotmail.co.uk 

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NICRAS (Northern Ireland Community of Refugees and Asylum Seekers) is a Refugee Community Organisation (RCO) which was established in 2002 and is still the only organisation representing the interests of Refugees and Asylum Seekers which is also led by them.  The aims of NICRAS are to support the integration process, campaigning and raising awareness, informing on changes in the immigration law, to organize social and fundraising events and to respond to the changing needs of its members. 

Website: http://www.nicras.org.uk

 

NIMFA – Northern Ireland Muslim Family Association

NIMFA stands for Northern Ireland Muslim Family Association. It is a Muslim community organization whose aims are to serve the muslim community by organizing various events such as celebrations, workshops, outings and other religious as well as social activities. NIMFA also serves as a place of worship and has a school (Hikmah School) whose population is steadily growing.  

Website: http://www.nimfa.org

 

Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group

 Omagh Ethnic Communities Support Group provides training, support and advice to a large number of ethnic groups and families from throughout the Omagh District and beyond. To date the Ethnic Communities Support Group has membership representing more than 23 different nationalities including; Filipino, Irish, Pakistan, Iranian, Indonesian, English, Central American, Indian, Honduran, Brazilian, Italian, Ghanaian, Chinese, Chilean, East Timorese, German, Russian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Greek, French and Moroccan. oecsg2@yahoo.co.uk 

Website: http://www.omaghcommunityhouse.com/

 

PEACE III Southern Partnership Newry and Mourne District Council

Challenge of Change is one of seven priorities within thePEACE III Southern Partnership’s ‘Beyond Tolerance’Strategy. The overall aim of Challenge for Change is tofacilitate greater involvement of people from Black andMinority Ethnic communities in civic, community andpolitical life, and increase community cohesion. Justyna McCabe justyna.mccabe@newryandmourne.gov.uk 

Website: http://www.southernpartnership.com

 

Strabane Ethnic Community Association

Strabane Ethnic Community Association (SECA) is a community & voluntary organisation which aims to identify and respond to the needs of minority ethnic communities and to raise awareness and understanding within a local community that is slowly but surely becoming a more multi-cultural society

Website: http://www.seca.org.uk/

 

TESOL Project

My organisation works with migrant families living in Newry area. We provide English classes and childcare facilities to enable parents to participate in the classes. h.daly@btinternet.comHelena Daly 

Website: http://mercymigrants.ning.com

 

The Welcome Project

We aim to create a safe and welcoming environment through integrating multiple identities by supporting ethni cminorities’ rights and breaking down barriers and stereotypes the welcome house@yahoo.co.ukJoanna Jarzynska 

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Trademark

This is a five year project delivered in conjunction withTrademark working to deliver a range of tailored education,training and health and wellbeing support services toTraveller and Migrant communities across the Southern area. The project also works to increase their confidenceand capacity through volunteering and address theprejudice and disadvantages they face. The project is funded by the Big Lottery through the Live and Learn programme. kellie@trademarkbelfast.comKellie O’Dowd 

Website: http://www.trademarkbelfast.com

 

Women of the World

Women of the world  Women of the World wants to bring women from different cultures together into a supportive environment and promote acceptance and respect for ethnic and cultural differences so as to contribute to a more tolerant, understanding and truly diverse society. We aim to offer a supportive environment where women can learn from, and share with, one another and to enhance the quality of women's lives irrespective of their cultural or ethnic origins, religious beliefs/backgrounds, sexual orientation, socio-economic status and whether or not they have a disability. wow_ni@hotmail.com  

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WPCA

We run activities, E2L, homework clubs, health days andparent support groups for all age ranges within east Belfast including those from various ethnic minorities   franciswme@yahoo.co.ukFrancis Khamanra 

Website: http://www.wpcabelfast.co.uk/

 

Name:

BALLYMENA ETHNIC MINORITIES PROJECT

Contact: 

T: 028 2565 1032   

F: 028 2565 1035

E: info@ballymenacommunityforum.org

www.ballymenacommunityforum

Address:

Glendun Drive, Ballymena, BT 43 6SR

Aims:

Aims to identify the needs of ethnic minority communities; set up training and offer support to ethnic communities; develop volunteering opportunities; assist in the training of interpreters in 24 languages; support an inter-agency and an inter-ethnic approach to working with diverse communities.

 

 

Name:

CRAIGAVON INTERCULTURAL PROGRAMME

Contact: 

T: 028 3839 3372

E: cipinfo@btconnect.com

www.craigavonintercultural.org

Address:

16a Mandeville Street Portadown BT62 3NZ

Aims:

An umbrella organisation which offers a support service to new communities in the Craigavon area. Provide a comprehensive support service; create networks to aid integration; promote understanding and communication between ethnic communities via an intercultural forum; training opportunities; advice & signposting; information sessions; cultural & sport’s activities and outreach work across Craigavon.

 

 

Name:

NEWRY & MOURNE ETHNIC SUPPORT CENTRE

Contact: 

T: 028 3025 2544

E: kaskrebska@utvinternet.com

Address:

74 Hill Street, Newry BT34 1BE

Aims:

Centre provides direct support to minority ethnic residents in the Newry and Mourne area; advice and signposting; information; employment rights, outreach service to local areas; organizes information meetings and support cultural events within the ethnic communities.

 

 

Name:

N.I. Council for Ethnic Minorities (NICEM 

Contact: 

T: 028 9023 8645  / 028 9031 9666    

F: 028 9031 9485

E: info@nicem.org.uk      

www.nicem.org.uk

Address:

3rd Floor Ascot House 24-31,  Shaftsbury Square,  Belfast BT2 7DB

Aims:

Offers anti racism training; education and support; building the infrastructure of organizations and supporting the growth of the social economy within the black and minority ethnic sector; migrant workers support; deals with equality issues; immigration.

 

 

Name:

MULTI-CULTURAL RESOURCE CENTRE N.I.  (MCRC)   

Contact: 

T: 028 9024 4639      

F: 028 9032 9581

E: info@mcrc-ni.org

www.mcrc-ni.org

Address:

9 Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NR

Aims:

Works as a conduit advocating and promoting human rights and equity through empowerment, collaboration and support of Black and Minority Ethnic communities and individuals. Human rights, ethnic minorities’ issues, support for individuals and groups, communications skills of young children, supporting the refugee and asylum-seeking community

 

 

Name:

SOUTH TYRONE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME (STEP)

Contact: 

T: 028 8772 9002

F: 028 8772 9008

E: info@stepni.org

www.stepni.org

Address:

Unit T7 Dungannon Business Park, 2 Coalisland Road, Dungannon BT71 6JT

Aims:

Offers general advice and guidance to migrant workers and their families. Community Support, signposting employment rights clinics, immigration advice, community development, training and policy development and translation and interpreting service.

 

 

Name:

SEEDS

Contact: 

T: 028 7137 0989

E: irishseeds@hotmail.com

www.seeds.ie

Address:

The One World Centre, SEEDS, 7-15 Foyle Street, L’Derry BT48 6AL

Aims:

Works to promote mutual solidarity, human rights, equality and full integration in our society of asylum seekers, refugees and migrant workers. It seeks to promote racial, ethnic and cultural diversity in the North West of Ireland thus maintaining a commitment to promote equality and integration.

 

 

Name:

WELCOME HOUSE

Contact: 

T: 028 9266 4441

F: 028 9266 4443

E. welcomehouse@btconnect.com

www.welcomehouselisburn.com

Address:

The Welcome House 31 Dromara Pk. Old Warren, Lisburn BT28 1PY

Aims:

Offers general advice and guidance to migrant workers and their families, signposting, training, English lessons, family support, & organises cultural & Sporting opportunities.

  

Community Advice & Support

 

Name:

ANTI RACISM NETWORK

Contact: 

E: antiracism_ni@hotmail.com

www.arnni.tk

Address:

9 Lower Crescent, Belfast BT7 1NR

Aims:

The Anti Racism Network in a campaigning organisation which purpose is to take visible and active stance against racism in the society.

 

 

Name:

CHILDREN’S LAW CENTRE

Contact: 

T: 028 9024 5704

E: info@childrenslawcentre.org

Freephone Advice Line for children and young people: 08088085678

Address:

Philips Law Centre, 123 – 137 York Street, Belfast BT15 1AB

Aims:

Helps young people, their parents and professionals work with and understand laws which affect children. Includes information about children's rights.

 

 

Name:

COMMUNITY RELATION’S COUNCIL FOR NI

Contact: 

T: 028 9022 7500

F: 028 9022 7551

Address:

Glendenning House, 6 Murray Street, Belfast BT1 6DN

Aims:

Aim is to assist the people of Northern Ireland to recognize and counter the effects of communal division. CRC supports and offers useful resources for those involved in community relations work.

 

 

Name:

COMMITTEE ON THE ADMINISTRATION OF JUSTICE

Contact: 

T: 028 9096 1122

F: 028 9024 6706

E:info@caj.org

Address:

45-47 Donegall Street, Belfast BY1 2BR

Aims:

The Committee seeks to secure the highest standards in the administration of justice in Northern Ireland by ensuring that the government complies with its responsibilities in international human rights law.

Publishes reports, conducts research, holds conferences, monitoring, campaigning locally and internationally, individual casework and providing legal advice.

 

 

Name:

EQUALITY COMMISSION FOR N.I. 

Contact: 

T: 028 9050 0600  

F: 028 9033 1544

E: infomation@equalityni.org

www.equalityni.org

Address:

Equality House, 7-9 Shaftsbury Square, Belfast BT2 7DP

Aims:

To advance equality, promote equality of opportunity, encourage good relations and challenge discrimination through promotion, advice and enforcement. THE ECNI has responsibility for enforcing The Race Relations Order and has a specific duty to advise and assist individuals who wish to complain of racial discrimination.

 

 

Name:

LABOUR RELATION’S AGENCY

Contact: 

T: 028 9032 1442

F: 028 9033 0827

E: info@ira.or.uk

Address:

2-8 Gordon Street, Belfast BT1 2LG

Aims:

Provision of advice on good employment practices, assistance with the development and implementation of employment polices and procedures.

 

 

Name:

NATIONAL ASYLUM SUPPORT SERVICE

Contact: 

T: 028 9058 5971     

Helpline 08456021739

Address:

Home Office, PO Box 833, NASS Northern Ireland,  Belfast BT1 6WZ

Aims:

Supports and accommodates people seeking asylum Asylum, immigration, rights; provides certain types of support to people seeking asylum during the time that their applications are under way. while their cases are being dealt with.

 

 

Name:

NORTHERN IRELAND LAW CENTRE 

Contact: 

T: 028 9024 4401        

F: 028 9023 6340

E: admin.belfast@lawcentreni.org

 www.lawcentreni.org

Address:

124 Donegal Street, Belfast, BT1 2GY

Aims:

Promotes social justice through legal advice, representation, policy, training and publications. Social security, immigration, community care, employment, mental health.

 

 

Name:

NORTHERN IRELAND COUNCIL FOR VOLUNTARY ACTION (NICVA)

Contact: 

T: 028 9087 7777

F: 028 9087 7799

E: info@nicva.org

Address:

61 Duncairn Gardens, Belfast BT15 2GB

Aims:

NICVA is an umbrella organisation that supports voluntary and community organisations in Northern Ireland. Offers advice and information on variety of issues including governments and fundraising. It also lobbies and campaigns on behave of the sector, offers its confers facilities and reference library to groups.

 

 

Name:

NORTHERN IRELAND HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION

Contact: 

T: 028 9024 3987

F: 028 9024 7844

E: nihrc@belfast.org.uk

Address:

Temple Court, 39 North Street, Belfast BT1 1NA

Aims:

Focuses on racism in relation to human rights and policy issues.

 

 

Name:

OFFICE OF THE INDUSTRIAL TRIBUNALS AND FAIR EMPLOYMENT TRIBUNAL

Contact: 

T: 028 9032 7666

F: 028 9023 0184

E: mail@employmenttribunalsni.org

Address:

Long Bridge House, 20-24 Waring Street, Belfast BT1 2EB

Aims:

The Industrial Tribunal has the role to hear and determine complaints under related employment legislation as well as the various anti-discrimination laws which include sex discrimination (including equal pay), racial discrimination, religious and political opinion, sexual orientation, disability and age discrimination.

 

 

Name:

OFFICE OF THE POLICE OMBUDSMAN

Contact: 

T: 028 9082 8600

F: 028 9082 8659

E: info@community-relations.org.uk

Address:

New Cathedral Buildings, St Anne’s Square, 11 Church Street, Belfast BT1 1PG

Aims:

Independent and impartial complaints agency. It deals with complaints from people about how police officers do their jobs.

 

 

Name:

VICTIM SUPPORT NOTHERN IRELAND

Contact: 

T: 028 9024 4039      

F: 028 9031 3838

E: info@victimsupportni.org.uk

www.victimsupportni.org.uk

Address:

3rd Floor, Annsgate House, 70-74 Ann Street, Belfast BT1 4EH 

Aims:

Assists victims and witnesses, offers emotional support, information and practical help to people who have suffered crimes ranging from burglary to the murder of a relative; provides support and information about the court process to witnesses, victims and their families. Offers a free and confidential service, whether or not a crime has been reported.

 

 

Name:

ZEST

Contact: 

T:028 7126 6999

E: monikak.zestni@yahoo.co.uk

www.zestni.org

Address:

15 Queen Street, Londonderry, Derry, BT48 7EQ

Aims:

Provides a place of genuine acceptance, active safety, and living hope,
to those who don’t feel accepted, who don’t feel safe and are losing hope. Gives supportive care to people suffering emotional pain and hurt. Counseling, support, education, training and a range of other therapeutic services