Posts made in July, 2012

Traveller Pride Week 2012

Posted on Sunday, July 29, 2012 | 0 comments

Traveller Pride Week 2012

Traveller Pride week 2012 was a great success.  From 18th to 22nd June, OTM hosted a series of events celebrating Traveller life and culture, with workshops, exhibitions, documentaries and films.  Many participants from both Traveller and settled communities came together for what was a fantastic week.  The project was made possible by funding from Dept. Justice through the Offaly County Development Board, Offaly Local Development Company, Offaly County Council and the HSE.  This short film ‘GO LASSIE GO’ by Ann-Marie Kelly  was specially commissioned for Traveller Pride week 2012 and shows...

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‘Community Development in Ireland’ Launch

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‘Community Development in Ireland’ Launch

The OTM Primary Healthcare workers attended the launch of the new book- ‘Community Development in Ireland’ at Trinity College Dublin recently. The workers co-authored a chapter in the book examining the impact of the Traveller Primary Healthcare project in Offaly. The book is the first Irish specific text book on community development practice and is well worth a read. Well done to the OTM Primary Healthcare team, we are very proud of them!

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School Transfer Summer Camp

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School Transfer Summer Camp

8 children from the Offaly Traveller community have just taken part in a week long school transfer summer camp.  The transition from Primary school to secondary school has been shown to be particularly challenging for Traveller children, adding to a significant drop out rate from secondary education.  This programme, co-facilitated by Sarah Behan from Offaly Local Development Company and the OTM youth service aims to prepare the children for the transition using group work, art, drama and a final fun day at an adventure centre.  The programme was a great success and all participants reported...

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