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Social dancing – new “steps” in community engagement

Monaghan Community Network is continuing its delivery of two valuable integration projects in partnership with Monaghan County Council. These projects are the Cross Community Engagement project and the Cultural Awareness project, and they involve nearly 50 events and activities, supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation. As part of these initiatives, Social Dancing is ongoing in Smithboro Hall each Monday night, and so far they have been very successful, bringing participants into direct cross community and cross border contact that will build friendships and break down invisible barriers. The social dancing reflects different cultures, and draws participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh, and members of communities who are new to the Monaghan area. Many of these have limited English language skills.

The dancing provides a wonderful night of social interaction, a chance to learn new steps, meet new people, and get to visit new places in the area, stimulates authentic communication that develops conversational competence in the English language, as well as benefiting physical health, promoting group interaction, reducing loneliness and contributing to the sense of social wellbeing. It’s a fun night out, allowing for learning new things, making mistakes, and allowing creativity and emotional expression. Dancing contributes positively to the two projects by promoting confidence, trust, cooperation and group cohesion, and fostering verbal and non verbal communication. .

The dancing will continue until Monday 4th December 2017. The next meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Meeting will be on 7th December 2017, and a study trip to GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, will take place later in December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie  See the Monaghan Network website and “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

  • The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.
  • It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
  • The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
  • The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
  • For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

Social dancing – making a world of difference

Social dancing organised by Monaghan Community Network continues each Monday night in Smithboro Hall, and already there are participants from Monaghan, Armagh, Cavan and Monaghan, as well as member of new immigrant communities in the area. The events are fun activities which promote social connections and strengthen communities, they are a great way to meet new friends along the way. The social dancing continues until Monday 4th December 2017.

A project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

The social dancing events are part of two important projects, the Cultural Awareness Programme and the Cross Community Engagement Programme (which involve 48 different events), which are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), and delivered by Monaghan Community Network. The PEACE IV Programme is a unique initiative of the European Union which has been designed to support peace and reconciliation. The PEACE Programme was created in 1995 as a direct result of the EU’s desire to make a positive response to the paramilitary ceasefires of 1994. Whilst significant progress has been made since then, there remains a need to improve cross-community relations and where possible further integrate divided communities. The new programming period for 2014-2020 provides opportunity for continued EU assistance to help address the peace and reconciliation needs of the region. The eligible area for the PEACE IV Programme for 2014-2020 is Northern Ireland and the Border Counties of Ireland (including Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo). Among the core objectives are projects which will build positive relations with people from different communities and backgrounds. (Click on images to enlarge….)

 

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland. The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

Working for Cultural Awareness and Cross Community benefits – 2 exciting projects

These projects are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

Monaghan Community Network is tasked to deliver two important projects as Partner Delivery Agents with Monaghan County Council. Both programmes, which involve 48 different events, are supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB). The Cultural Awareness Programme aims to celebrate multiculturalism and diversity, to value the skills and cultures of all communities, indigenous and new, and ensure they are allowed to have the same opportunities as their Irish peers, and to participate fully in the economic, social, political and cultural life of their communities. The Cross Community Engagement Programme involves communities from both traditions in Monaghan and Armagh, and groups from interface areas along the border who suffered during the conflict.  It promotes communication, dialogue and shared learning as groups tackle common issues and learn from each other in a non threatening environment conducive to peace building. Social dancing with tuition is part of these programmes, and it has participants from Monaghan, Cavan, Fermanagh and Armagh in Smithboro hall each Monday. The social dance project also includes “new communities” participation, and encourages the development of relationships, the use of English language, and engagement through the universal and social language of dance. This continues until Monday 4th December 2017. The next meeting of the Cross Border Advisory Meeting will be on 7th December 2017, and a study trip to GPO, which is intended to engage ethnic minority and minority faith communities, will take place later in December 2017. Monaghan Network includes community groups from all traditions, nationalities and cultures in Co Monaghan, and facilitates linkages among networks from both sides of the border; full details on all the activities are available from the Community Network Office. The Community Network office is based at the YWCA Building, North Road, Monaghan. Tel: 047-30912. E-mail info@monaghannetwork.ie   “Like” the Facebook page “Co Monaghan Community Network”

PEACE IV Programme Boilerplate

The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland. It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society. The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland. The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu

May Meeting

Another great turn out for our May meeting. Thanks to Tydavnet Parish Show Committee for hosting us and for the lovely home baking they provided for the tea. Thanks to Tiernach Ronaghan for his excellent presentation on Eye Health, it was very interesting & informative.