Beyond Newcomer Narratives: Creating a NI of belonging for Muslims

A number of workshops are being run in partnership with Belfast Islamic Centre, Belfast Multi-cultural Association, Causeway Coast and Glens Council Museum Service and Counselling All Nations – “Beyond Newcomer Narratives: Creating a NI of belonging for Muslims ”

Places are going fast, for more information and to register asap for a place see below:

Radio 1Xtra Survey

1Xtra is most recognised for playing the best in contemporary Black music, but the station also provides a bespoke news service, regular discussion programmes and specially commissioned documentaries relevant to the young target audience (15-24 year olds). These services are particularly – although not exclusively – aimed at those from ethnic minority backgrounds.  They are committed to collaborating with young people both on and offline by hosting discussions around a range of issues affecting young people.

1Xtra would like to put on a virtual session that would be beneficial to young people and are trying to collect data to figure out what sort of services young people in our area want to explore.

They have been in touch with organisations like around the UK and have had requests for topics such as: Cooking, Finances, Careers, Mental Health, Politics, Presenting and more. 

Radio1Xtra would like to  find out what we are interested in, so if you are 14+ please complete this short survey;

Anti-Poverty Strategy – feedback session with people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds

Anti-Poverty Strategy – feedback session with people from Ethnic Minority backgrounds

The Department for Communities is developing an Anti-Poverty Strategy for Northern Ireland.  It has received an Expert Panel Report which makes a range of recommendations.  You can read it here:

The Department has also established a co-design group to advise it.  The Equality Commission is a member of this group.  As part of our membership, we are facilitating a feedback session with people from ethnic minority backgrounds.  The purpose is to gather information from those with lived experience of poverty and disadvantage.  The information provided by participants will be collated by us and passed to the Department for Communities to inform its development of the Anti-Poverty Strategy. 

Topics for discussion will include:

  • How barriers to participation and inclusion in society can be addressed.
  • The supports and services that are needed, but aren’t in place currently.
  • What government needs to change to make life better for people living in poverty and disadvantage. 

If you would like to attend, the feedback session on 21 April from 11-12.30pm via MS Teams, please click here to book a place.  Please contact Cynthia Rice ( if you require any further information or assistance with your booking.