Developing Cultural Competence

SECAD

SECAD is an integrated development company that has successfully delivered rural development and social inclusion programmes  and initiatives in the East Cork area on behalf of the European Union and the Irish Government through the National Development Plan.

SECAD has over twelve years experience in the delivery of European and Irish Exchequer funded programmes and initiatives for translational, rural and local development. This includes projects and actions to support economic development, community development, social inclusion and the development of networks and translational partnerships.

Aim

To assist organisations to deal with the challenges of working with Ethnic Minorities youth through the facilitation of appropriate supports, education and training.

Solution

Capacity Building Intercultural Training Programme for Professionals

working with migrant youth within South & East Cork Area.

The training was designed to progress participants to the point where they can recognise, define, analyse and respond appropriately to situations involving integration of cultural differences in their work.

As such the training was expected to build on the current capability of staff in interacting with diversity to encompass three levels of training:

  • organisationally accepted attitudes about diversity;
  • essential knowledge about the cultures;
  • foundation skills in interacting effectively with diversity.

As a result of the training participants should have the essential building blocks to improve their own capacity to deliver quality services in an intercultural context and an integration plan for their organisations and services.

Cultural Diversity Awareness Workshop for Community & Voluntary Groups

to be delivered in house

Goal of the workshop is to raise awareness and understanding of cultural differences in the diverse work environment, and improve confidence in working across cultures.

“I found that having the space to discuss some of our specific difficulties when working with immigrant groups was very helpful, to listen to others and help each other gain understanding and find solutions and agreed on ways to change our methodologies or approaches.

A good deal of openness, self awareness and understanding is required to truly be willing to communicate and work in an effective way with people outside my own culture…

What we needed was very specific discussion and exploration of issues regarding various cultural communication including tips and pointers that may help us in our day to day work and we got down to this more in our second follow up session.”