Start date: Dec 31, 2003,
End date: Dec 30, 2008
MEDS is a social economic project designed to boost the potential development of the Community Partners in the field of ICT training and childcare businesses. To achieve these objectives the MEDS Network have identified the need to employ a Project Director who would maximise each centres potential, and work with each centre on a regular basis to: Improve their community business potential in Enniskillen and Dungannon. Develop Manorhamilton and Sligo along the same lines of the New Hope Centre in Enniskillen. Achievements: The completion of the new nursery extension at the Michelle OLeary – New Hope Centre,Enniskillen was the final goal of the Manorhamilton, Enniskillen, Dungannon, Sligo around MEDS Project; a cross border community and trade union network set up in May 2004. The MEDS project focused initially on the development of childcare facilities and ICT employment in Sligo, Leitrim, South Tyrone and Fermanagh.Since June 2006 the MEDS Network focused on working with the migrant communities in Fermanagh and Sligo, this work was greatly enhanced with the employment of a Polish Development Officer working out of the SIPTU office in Sligo and the setting up of a Migrant Support Organisation there. Over the past three years there has been a steady stream of migrants and their families coming to work in factories and other industries right across the counties of Fermanagh and Sligo. MEDS Network also worked with the trade unions and Further Education Colleges North and South in providing English classes for migrant workers. Working in cross-border partnership with the Transport and General Workers Union Education Partnership and the SIPTU Trade Union Education Trust, monies were made available to employ tutors to undertake thisimmensely important task that would help migrants improve their language skills, and in doing so improve their employability and help them integrate into local society.Since last July migrants have availed of the opportunities made available through MEDS building bridges between the migrant workers and trade union sponsored training programmes. The project also provided practical advice and assistance to migrants for example, those who wished to set up in business or becoming a registered childminder as well as working on a new economic partnership that will include Fermanagh Enterprise and Sligo County Enterprise Board and it is hoped that the roots that have been laid can be built upon.
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