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Building Intercultural Communities Project (BIC)


At the Donegal Peace VI programme for Building Intercultural Communities in the RCC
Photo: Clive Wasson

“We have a vision of a Donegal where culture, diversity and ethnicity are valued and celebrated within connected communities across the county and prejudice and discrimination have no place on the lips or ears of our residents or our leaders”

Project Mission

The project aims to develop positive relationships and the inclusion of and between Black Minority and Ethnic communities, including Travellers and Roma. This is to be achieved through creating the conditions for respect, where cultural diversity is celebrated and communities live, learn and socialise together without prejudice or hate.

Strategic Goals of the BIC Project

Establish a baseline document which maps out diversity in the county, the range of issues for Black & Minority Ethnic communities, skills and education requirements and knowledge of Equality & Human rights legislation;

Design and deliver programmes with Black and Minority Ethnic communities to promote engagement with the project, to support community activation, social inclusion, social justice and equality;

Create a space for dialogue between minorities including Syrian refugees, statutory agencies and others;

Provide supports to remove barriers and facilitate inclusion including: (1) provision of accessible English language classes, (2) host publicised information sessions on rights and entitlements and (3) the establishment of an office as a first point of contact for information and support, (4) to provide information and support to members of Black & Minority Ethnic communities to access services, schools and support services.

The BIC Project intends to promote the participation of Black and Minority Ethnic Communities within the life of the county through the provision of:

  • English Language Support
  • Intercultural Events
  • Supporting the inclusion in local decision-making structures
  • Community Work Skills Workshops
  • Relevant Seminars
  • Cultural Competency Training
  • Support to Access Services
  • Cross Border Collaboration
  • BME Youth Consultations
  • Training to Deliver Intercultural Workshops
  • Friday ‘Drop-in’ Service
  • Support to challenge discrimination

Contact Staff

Francine Blaché-Breen
Community Development & Training Worker

Billy Banda
Community Links Worker

Billy Banda

Or drop into the office on Friday mornings at:
18 Celtic Apartments
Co. Donegal

Community Links Worker

Donegal Peace VI programme for Building Intercultural Communities in the RCC

Photos by Clive Wasson