South Tyrone Empowerment Programme
12 Beechvalley Way
Dungannon, Co Tyrone
Tel:028 8775 0211
The East Timorese Choir, Saturday Language School and STEPS Women’s Centre, in conjunction with STEP and the Southwest PEACE
2) ECAS one stop mobility shop project
S.T.E.P. is a partner in the European project “one stop mobility shops” led by European Citizen Action Service (ECAS) and sponsored by the European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities. Two years on after the European Year of Workers’ Mobility, ECAS with the partners currently work towards promoting a new instrument for facilitating mobility: one-stop mobility shops, which operate in four European regions – STEP’s centre in Dungannon representing the only centre of its kind in Northern Ireland.
The main aim of the ‘mobility shops’ is to provide wide-ranging services and assistance for migrant workers in their communities. The issues that this project seeks to address concern the situation of the minority of migrant workers who do not succeed their mobility experience and experience social exclusion in the country of destination. 10 As a final part of the one stop mobility shop project, STEP representatives will travel to Brussels for a conference addressing concerns relating to the impact of the economic crisis on mobility as well as preventing protectionism and xenophobic reactions to the free movement of persons.
3) Maximising Access to Benefits Services & Grants
Maximising Access to and Uptake of Services, Grants and Benefits in Rural Areas.
The Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD) has recently launched the “Maximising Access to and Uptake of Services, Grants and Benefits in Rural Areas Project”. This project aims to improve the health and wellbeing of people in rural areas who are living in or at risk of poverty and social exclusion.
The project will target 4200 households in defined rural areas across Northern Ireland and will support householders in accessing a range of services, grants and benefits. The following local areas are being targeted: Clogher, Altmore, Ballygawley, Aughnacloy, Washing Bay, The Birches 2 and Keady, Carrigatuke, Killylea, Markethill, Tullyhappy, Newtownhamilton, Camlough, Silverbridge 1, Silverbridge 2, Forkhill 1, Forkhill 2, Creggan and Crossmaglen
If you reside in any of the above areas and are from one of the target groups (older person, carer, disabled person, lone parent, ethnic minority, lone adult, a farming family or a low income family) you may be eligible to participate in the project.
4) Migrant Worker Support Network
As a major part of our strategic development work, we operated the Migrant Worker Support Network (MWSN) from 2006-2011. The MWSN promoted the sharing of ideas, knowledge and resources between organisations and individuals working to support the significantly increased population and developing communities of migrant workers and their families. The network’s objective was to provide shared knowledge for a shared inter-cultural future. The creation of the MWSN website in October 2007 enabled information to be held in common, knowledge to be exchanged and experience shared at minimal inconvenience to members. With over 60 member organisations, benefits of joining the network included:
• Weekly e-bulletins
• Monthly Policy and Research newsletters
• Quarterly newsletters
• Free attendance at MWSN seminar and conference events (four per year)
• Networking opportunities
• Shared advocacy, campaigning, policy input and development.