By Kevin Mascarenhas
Place of Sanctuary Waterford
Place of Sanctuary ~ Waterford delivered a media and public speaking and Politics training for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants. The training empowered individuals/participants by understanding the Irish political system and how to engage with the media in promoting key issues and stories relating to their experiences. Peer learning and discussion was the key element of the training and creating a safe environment for participants to share personal experiences
Outcomes: Proposed Course outline
The full outcome of each session was agreed with the facilitator based on his/her outline. Each session was held weekly for 2 hours at a time agreed with the participants including a tea/coffee break.
March 11th 2pm to 4pm
Introduction for 30 participants Safe space to explore issues relating to public speaking and course content
Overview of course content
Register formally for course and commit to attend
March 18th 2pm – 4pm
March 25th 2pm-4pm , April 1st 2pm to 4pm
Public Speaking Skills based session on presenting your story/issue
Awareness of body presentation, active listening, handling difficult questions
Homework – write main points of a personal story and how you would like to share it with others
4 Visit to Dail and meeting with Waterford City & County Councillors Visit to Dail in conjunction with Dublin participants
Organise meeting with local councillors to present stories and/or key issues
This course helped the participants to:
Understand the Irish political system and policy development
Understand the different types of Irish media
Understand how to turn information into a story
Feel confident handling media interviews
Ensure the voice of refugees and migrants is heard or represented in the media
Raise awareness about refugee issues blast the myths
To impact/challenge negative perceptions and to enhance people’s contributions as active citizens in Irish society – socially, economically and politically
The Participation at this program was very good and very well attended. We had 32 participants from 10 different countries including Ireland which helped in the Integration.
We also had a Councillor come in to tell his story and listen to the Questions of the Participants.
Feedback from this course was very good and there are two participants who wish to go for the next local elections.
Out of this group all the participants wish to volunteer for the Place of Sanctuary Waterford and receive Volunteer training which we hope to provide in the future.
We have also 10 participants who are taking part in a Drama workshop organised by the Place of Sanctuary Waterford.
Volunteer training and Drama group came out as the need which we hope to address if we get more funding in these areas in the future.