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Launch of Animate Project

Publish Date: Thursday, 07 April 2005

An interagency project working on migrant worker issues will be formally launched in Dungannon today (Monday 4th April). The Animate project, launched at a conference at the Linen Green Centre Moygashel will focus on work at strategic level with a number of partner organisations.

Whilst in the past the economic circumstances in the borough have led to outward migration in recent years sectors of the local economy have now become dependent on incoming migrant workers from Portugal, Poland and elsewhere to fill skills and labour shortages and retain local industry.

Daniel Holder the Animate project manager said: “This is a real opportunity to develop local service infrastructure to meet the needs of the whole community.  There is a need both to develop systems as well as tackle prejudice. We will be working on a range of initiatives to play our part in this process.”

The employing agency of the project is Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and the project is housed by the South Tyrone Empowerment Programme (STEP), the projects key community partner. The Project also covers the Cookstown and Craigavon council areas whose respective councils are also partners. The other Project partners are the Southern Education and Library Board, the Housing Executive, the Armagh and Dungannon Health Action Zone, Southern Area Investing for Health, and Armagh & Dungannon and Craigavon & Banbridge Community Health and Social Services Trusts.

The Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone, Councillor Robert Mulligan welcomes the official launch of the ANIMATE project:

“I am delighted to be associated with the ANIMATE project through which Dungannon and South Tyrone Borough Council and its partners will address key issues relating to migrant workers.”

Bernadette McAliskey, Programme Co-ordinator of the STEP, which runs the Migrant Worker Centre said:  "Through our ongoing work we are aware that there are a broad range of issues migrant workers face relating to racism, service delivery and exploitation that need tackling at a strategic level. We welcome being a key part of Animate as a mechanism through which to make progress on these issues"

The Project is funded for three years by the Department of Social Development and employs two staff, Daniel Holder and Carla McClafferty. Its key areas of work include interagency strategic planning, research, delivering seminars, delivering capacity building programmes, training and other work to support development of understanding and structures within partner organisations.  

1. ANIMATE stands for Action Now To Integrate Minority Access to Equality
2. The project will be formally launched by the Mayor of Dungannon and South Tyrone, Councillor Robert Mulligan on Monday the 4th of April in the Linen Green Centre, Community Relations Council, Moygashel, Dungannon.
3. Media Enquiries Emma Heatherington Tel: 07717 576 971 or 028 8772 0341 - interviews and photos available at 11.30am
4. Further information on Animate can be found on the projects website: www.animate-ccd.net <http://www.animate-ccd.net>

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