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.

LINK Conference, Oct 4th 2012, Ghent: Call for Papers now open!


‘We can’t go back, not now!… Not now‘ (Tintin)

Firstly we are delighted to confirm that the LINK Conference 2012 will take place on October 4th 2012 in Ghent, Belgium.  The conference will address the topic of transition from higher education to work for students with disabilities and in particular will analyse the individual roles of students themselves, the higher education institutions and the employers.
Are you an academic, employer, policy maker or student with a disability and do you have a concern or some strong opinions about work and transition to work? We would like you to share your experiences. If you are interested in submitting a paper for presentation at the conference please download the full call for papers here and follow the instructions.

All proposals need to be submitted on a proposal submission form to by April 15th 2012. Booking for the event will commence later in the year and we will be in touch to notify interested parties.
Don’t forget to spread the word and get your colleagues to become a LINK member free of charge by visiting


Public Discussion on Mental Health

                                ‘ECT – Right to Refuse?’

                               Labour Equality Open Event

                                        Thu 29thMarch 7.30pm

                        The Gresham Hotel, O’Connell St, Dublin 1

Speakers :

Aine Hynes, Chair,  Irish Mental Health Lawyers Association :
ECT – What is the legal position?         

Prof Declan McLoughlin, TCD 
A view in favour of ECT
John Redican , NSUE (National Service Users Executive) :
      Choice and ECT

Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) is a method used to treat forms of mental illness. It can be very effective, but can also have negative side effects. Expert speakers discuss Electroconvulsive Therapy, if it works and if patients should have a choice in refusing to use it.                               

The event is hosted by Labour Equality and chaired by Bernard Cantillon Chair Labour Equality.

Wheelchair accessible. Everyone welcome!  More information and to RSVP Kirsi Hanifin 087-6258043

Have you heard of DoubleTAKE Supported Arts studio?

The initiative by Tallaght Community Arts has been in operation since 2009 is supported by Cheeverstown House, St. Michael`s House, New Horizons, Headway, The Tallaght Arch Club, C.H.E.S.S, St. John of God’s and The Dyspraxia Association Ireland.  The studio is in Rua Red Arts, South Dublin County Arts Centre, Civic Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

DoubleTAKE Supported Arts Studio is for individual emerging and established artists and creative adults with disabilities.  Mentorship and guidance and support are available from professional artist mentors.

Each session is supported and guided by an Artist mentor who is there to provide Artistic and creative support and mentoring. We welcome personal assistants and are happy to work with you to best support new DoubleTAKE members

If you would like to discuss or preferably come along and visit us at the studio, please contact Sharon Devlin DoubleTake Co-ordinator on 0863708766

Please find attached  a copy of our DoubleTAKE supported Arts studio brochure. DT Brochure 12 3 12

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