career planning


I’m writing to you because you may want to take part in our “Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media” initiative beginning this May.

Nearfm are currently looking to get together a vibrant team of Irish and non-EU nationals to take part in our intercultural project.

There is no cost. And no experience is necessary.

Do you have something to say?

Are you interested in interculturalism?

Would you like to work with a diverse team on a radio programme?

Then we want you!

  What is it?


The project is in two parts.


Part one is a 7 week FETAC level 4 course in Community Radio.


Part two will see the team work together on 13 radio programmes on the theme of intercultural dialogue.

Download the Motivation Form if you’re interested in participating in the project.  Please return it by April 23rd to Grace (details below) if you are interested in applying to take part.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

With Many Thanks,

Grace Wilentz
Intercultural Dialogue through Community Media Coordinator
Near Media Co-op


About the project organisers: The Near Media Coop is a democratic, not for profit community media initiative based in Coolock, North Dublin. Part of our mission is to provide an alternative to mainstream media by offering an outlet for those underrepresented or excluded through training and access to distribution facilities.

This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Integration Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality and Pobal.

Building the Future | Friday 11th November

A unique, intensive careers event for students and graduates with disabilities/specific learning difficulties.

Hosted by Bank of Ireland on the 11th November, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2

Registration is required and is available on Registration closes on the 4th November.

Dialogue on Inclusive Teaching and Assessment | Thursday 17th November

This event will be followed by the AHEAD Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Expert panelists include Dr. Marian McCarthy, Dr Geraldine O’Neill and Declan Treanor, Director of Disability Service, Trinity College Dublin.

Please note this event is only open to members.

Better Options | Wednesday 30th November

A unique one-day event for students with a disability or specific learning difficulty considering their college options in Ireland in 2012.

Better Options is on in the National College of Art & Design, Thomas Street, Dublin 8 from 10.30am until 2pm.

This event is FREE and all are welcome, including Students, Guidance Counsellors, Resource Teachers, Learning Support Tutors, SENO’s, NEPS & Parents.

For more information on these events, please visit   

Help us to promote these events! 

Download the flyer here and send to friends and colleagues: AHEAD Upcoming Events November 2011 Flyer or share this blog post with them!!!



Irish LLP: Erasmus National Agency in partnership with AHEAD (Association for Higher Education Access and Disability)

Conference on Learning Mobility: Addressing the Challenges for Students and Staff with a disability


Bewley’s Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4




12 October 2011


  • Mobility has been defined by EU as a pillar action of Youth in the Move programme – how can we ensure its inclusivity using volunteering (buddies).
  • To explore mobility opportunities for students with a disability and the take up or lack thereof (a national and EU target in the area of social inclusion).
  • To identify what works for student with a disability who consider and also take up a mobility placement.


Desired outcomes       

  • To identify examples of good practice for encouraging mobility for student with disabilities
  • To capture the attitudes, expectations and experiences of students with disabilities, their buddies and professionals using the world cafe technique of discussion/interaction


Target Audience 

HEI Staff – international officers; placement officers; disability and access officers; college management personnel; students; public bodies; EU personnel; European Partners; Employers; parents, voluntary agencies in the field; cross-border contacts


Please complete the online form by 7 October 2011



14.00                          Registration

14.30                          Opening Remarks – Chairman/CE HEA

14.35                          EU Mobility Practice and Policy – EU Commission or NA speaker

14.50                          A student perspective – Jessica Gough, University of Limerick (TBC)

15.00                          Tina Lowe, Disability Access Officer, Access & Lifelong Learning, University College Dublin

15.15                          World Café – Facilitator, Chris Chapman

17.30                          Conclusion of Conference

All attendees/participants are invited by the Erasmus National Agency to the 4th Annual Erasmus Lecture to be delivered by Mary Davis, President and Managing Director of Special Olympics Europe/Eurasia which will take place at 18.30 at the Hugh Lane Gallery, Parnell Square, Dublin.  The event will include a performance by the Cross Border Strings and will conclude with a  short reception.

Please indicate your response on the application form at the appropriate part.  As you can appreciate this information is essential for catering at the Lecture.

Depending on the numbers attending, bus transport will be provided from Bewley’s Hotel to the Hugh Lane Gallery.


 Do you have a disability or health issue?

     Are you ready for work?

EmployAbility Service is a free, confidential service, supported by FAS.

We provide a service to individuals with a disability / health issue / acquired injury / mental health difficulty, to gain and sustain paid mainstream employment.

The EmployAbility Jobseeking Fair 2011 is aimed at providing job seekers (both graduates and non-graduates) with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment.

Venue:        Wood Quay Venue. At rear of Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Dublin 8

Date:          Thursday 22nd September 2011

Time:          10am – 2pm

Speakers and Information Stands Providing:

  • Practical advice on job seeking
  • Talks from employers giving information, CV advice and tips on looking and applying for jobs
  • Information from Social Welfare; FAS; Citizens Information; VolunteeringIrelandand the Irish National Organisation for the Unemployed
  • An opportunity to meet with job coaches for one to one advice and information on accessing the service

Our goal is to work side by side with you to help you on your journey towards suitable employment.


To book a place at the seminars CV & Interview Preparation and  Social Welfare Entitlements & Return to Employment, please email or call 01 460 3081

Alternately, please feel free to drop by for general information & advice throughout the day 10am – 2pm.



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