Small World’s Café event celebrates Diversity and Good Relations

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Small Worlds Cafe 

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations team recently organised a Small World’s Café for Council staff from across a range of service areas.   

The event was expertly facilitated by members of Belfast Friendship Club and provided a safe space to encounter people from different backgrounds and other parts of the world.   

The workshop was an opportunity to get a glimpse into real lives of those who have grown up elsewhere, in a different culture or religious background. Participants learned more about the challenges faced by those living away from family and friends, how it felt to move to Northern Ireland and why people chose to move here.

Staff members found it to be a very worthwhile initiative, with feedback comments including ‘ an excellent worthwhile session’, ‘all staff should partake’ and ‘very informative and helpful for challenging racism’.

Good Relations Manager Patricia Harkin said: “We were delighted that Belfast Friendship Club were able to facilitate this session for Council staff from across the organisation. These sessions are designed to challenge the myths and misconceptions we all may have about asylum seekers, migrants and refugees.  The relaxed and interactive approach enabled genuine discussion and dialogue and promoted understanding of equality, good relations and diversity.”

Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council’s Good Relations team are continuing to organise small worlds events. If you would like us to arrange an event specifically for your group, please get in touch with us and we can do our best to arrange this for you.

If you would like more information on any upcoming small worlds events being organised by our Good Relations team please contact Bebhinn McKinley by emailing Bebhinn.mckinley@causewaycoastandglens.gov.uk or Tel: 07714393918.