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The Celebration of Belonging in Leitrim

We recently hosted The Celebration of Belonging in the beautiful St. George’s Heritage and Visitor Centre in Carrick on Shannon. This event was part of the Bestie Club (Befriending for for social and digital Inclusion project). Bestie aims to provide a fresh and innovative model of cross-fertilization of digital and social skills for senior citizens, migrants, and young people.

We were delighted that so many people attended the event, and it was wonderful to hear people sharing their stories. Polish artist Kasia Religa had her artwork on display and Irish musician Deasun Lyons provided the entertainment.

Our guest speaker was Amina Moustafa. Amina is a Development Officer at SARI and a Glencree Women’s Leadership Programme Manager. SARI was founded in 1997 and it’s a charitable organization dedicated to inclusion, diversity, and equality through sport. Glencree is a non-government organization founded in 1974. They played an important role in the Irish Peace Process, bringing together through confidential dialogue those in conflict and helping to build relationships across divides. The Women’s Leadership Programme started in 2004 with an all-island vision where women are empowered and supported to be influential in the political process and promote peacebuilding.

We also learned through a workshop to exchange our skills with others, and the power of communication and listening. It was a really wonderful afternoon, well done to Lola – our Inclusion and EU Project Specialist, and to Albie – our EU Project and Communications Specialist, for his support.

Please visit the website to find out more about the Bestie – Befriending for Social and Digital Inclusion Project: 

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