Tinu joined the staff team in 2016 as a Project Manager and has over 14 years’ experience working with NGO, public sector, government funded projects including providing training support and facilitating cross cultural community dialogue within delicate and challenging contexts.
She has a degree in Community Studies from Dundalk Institute of Technology and MPhil in Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation from Trinity College Ireland.
Integration Project Officer
Reuben is a multi-skilled community and youth work practitioner, Public Speaker, Facilitator and Trainer also creator of Workshops including Diversity and Intercultural awareness. He has worked in the ‘third sector’ for many years and in many jurisdictions on issues pertaining to development, equality, inclusion, diversity, immigration, and human rights. Reuben has just completed a Master of Social Sciences Degree (MSocSc) in Community and Youth Work at Maynooth University. He also holds the following qualifications, a Diploma in Sociology, Project Management, Human Resources Management, and a Certificate in Community development. His knowledge of the Irish immigration system is also informed by years of lived experience in Direct Provision.
Reuben has a wealth of knowledge and skills in intercultural dialogue, diversity management and conflict resolution. He has designed and delivered cultural competence training to several companies and community groups. Reuben has a proven ability to manage and complete projects to high standards including funding applications and managing budgets.
Since 2008, he has successfully commissioned, managed, and supervised many community development projects including two EU funded projects. Reuben’s creativity and thought leadership were noticed and as a result in 2014 he was nominated by the Justice Minister to represent the migrant community nationally as a named representative of asylum seekers on the working group on improvements to DP tasked to develop and lead on the improving of conditions for people seeking asylum in Ireland. During this period, he represented the migrant voice and worked with other allies in raising awareness about the challenges faced by people living in DP. Reuben has represented Cultur Migrants Centre in international initiatives and partnerships which include delivering capacity-building workshops to refugees in Lesvos Greece in 2017, contributed to the 2014 Migrant Forum in the EU parliament in Brussels and contributed to an Erasmus project in Prague tasked to develop tools and practical strategies to tackle radicalization in Europe 2018. Reuben has made submissions to the Department of Justice to inform policy, including supporting people in DP to participate in consultation that led to development of policy.
Reuben is a trainer and face of the TREND http://www.trendproject.eu/ web responsive App used to train migrants to be job creators in their new host countries, an EU ERASMUS Project supported by the Institute of Art Design & Technology Ireland, will be used in 7 EU countries.
He has a passion for equality and social justice which sees him sitting on the Board of Directors at the Irish Refugee Council, Community Work Ireland, and Our Table, a community-driven non-profit project aiming to highlight the issues faced by people living in DP. Reuben also has extensive experience working with migrant young people in the community and youth sector. As result he has successfully supported young people living in (DP) to complete the President’s Award Gaisce. He has also supported many other young people and their families to join & benefit from local youth projects. Reuben has received the following training Foróige`s -Starting Out Leaders programme, the Jigsaw Headstrong -Understanding Youth Mental Health programme and the Alternative Violence Programme Ireland that explores Conflict Resolution and Affirmative action.
Joanna Fitzsimons was born in Lithuania in a Polish family. She has lived in Ireland since 2006. Joanna has been working with Cultúr since February 2008, initially as an Information Officer and in the recent years also as a Project Officer coordinating educational and community projects. She holds a MA in Polish Philology from Warsaw University and a BA in Law from Dublin Institute of Technology. Prior to joining Cultúr, she was engaged as an Information Provider with Citizens Information Centre in Navan supporting migrants in accessing information on their rights and entitlements. Joanna also manages Polish Saturday School in Navan.
Joanna is originally from Poland and has been living in Ireland since 2007. She currently works as an office administrator in Cultur and holds a degree in the field of Business Economics and Business Organisation. Joanna has been working with Cultúr since December 2016.