The R.E.A.C.H project
Realising Equality, Achieving Change Holistically
Cultúr once again has accessed funding to co-ordinate and deliver a project called the R.E.A.C.H. Project under the Equality for Women Measure Programme which is funded by European Social Fund and co-ordinated by Pobal and the Department of Justice and Equality.
The project provides a set of interlinked education and training courses which are both accredited and non accredited for migrant women living in Co. Meath. We have successfully run a number of courses in Co. Meath (Ashbourne, Kells, Trim, Navan) since January 2011. The training in 2013 will roll out in autumn and will be completed by the end of February 2014.
The programme will cover the following urban areas in Co. Meath: Navan, Trim and Oldcastle. In total it will target sixty migrant women in Co. Meath over the seven months period.
The project will endeavour to meet the range of needs of three specific target groups of migrant women focusing on:
- Migrant Women seeking progression routes who have attended courses delivered previously under REACH which would increase their employment opportunities.
- Migrant women seeking to progress to third level institutions requiring a level of English to be able to participate in a range of qualifying courses with an academic level of English/ or migrant women seeking to work professionally in their qualification using professional English.
- Migrant Women who are underemployed or unemployed due in part to their levels of English compounded by the economic downturn who require supports to develop their ESOL levels/ and who are deemed non progression ready for mainstream labour market supports due to low levels of English language skills.
Underpinning the courses aimed at target groups in points 1 & 2 (who have sufficient ESOL skills) will be a mentoring support element knitted into the accredited ESOL programmes on a small group or one to one basis within the budget available.
The Equality for Women Measure 2010 - 2013 is funded by the European Social Found, through the Human Capital Investment Operational Programme 2007 - 2013 and Department of Justice and Equality