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Sligo cultural diversity training

Cultural diversity training initiative launched in Sligo

A new training initiative aimed at those involved in community development activities in County Sligo was launched at an event on Tuesday 20th May.

Combining group and peer learning with role plays, organisational reviews and self-assessments, the training is designed to encourage groups and individuals to examine and reflect on current practices to see how they can be enhanced to embrace cultural diversity.  

The training is one of a number of actions funded by the PEACE III Programme through the European Union’s Regional Development Fund managed for the Special EU programmes Body by Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee.

Speaking at the launch, Thomas McGettrick, the representative from the Sligo Peace & Reconciliation Partnership Committee, commented on the opportunity that the training presents to community groups to develop and enhance knowledge and understanding of different cultural practices and how to develop activities and services that embrace these.

Trainers Carol Follis, from Groundwork NI and Hazel Hicks from Hazel Hicks Consulting were welcomed to the County and encouraged as many as possible to participate in the training.

Mr McGettrick also said that initiatives such as this are vital in promoting inclusion for minority communities in Sligo.

Carol Follis, Senior Project Development Officer at Groundwork Northern Ireland, based in Enniskillen, commented that; “Cultural competency is a term that not many people are familiar with.
“Put simply, it is working with groups and individuals to raise awareness of their own cultural views and learning about other cultural practices.

“It is only when we know about cultural practices that we can accommodate them in our activities.

“We are really looking forward to working with the different organisations in the County.

“We plan to bring in guest speakers that will bring personal experience to the training and stimulate debate and discussion”.

“The training is free and can be delivered at any time to suit the requirements of organisations across Sligo

“A manual will also be produced as part of the training and launched at the project closing event to be held later in the year.”

To find out more about the Cultural Diversity training, contact Carol Follis on 048 66325129/ 00447793041339 or by email at or Hazel Hicks on 00447770852362 or by email at

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Training Schedule:

The next cultural awareness training session will take place int he Glasshouse Hotel at Swan Point in Co. Sligo, on Thursday, June 3, 2014, from 7.00pm - 10.00pm.