“Youth are amongst the most prejudiced in Irish society”

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With asylum seekers barred from working in Ireland, many are using their spare time and considerable skills to assist voluntary organisations and NGOs who simply couldn’t operate without the help of volunteers.

If you would you like the chance to take part in fun activities, meet new people, or learn new skills have you considered joining the Irish Red Cross?

Volunteers from all walks of life and all age groups are involved with a variety of services in response to the needs of local communities. Services range from the provision of skin camouflage to people with scarring or other disfiguring skin conditions, the provision of transport for the sick or elderly, first aid cover at concerts to Mountain Rescue in the Glen of Imaal.

In Ireland, there are over 140 branches across the country and volunteers are the most important component of the Irish Red Cross. There are lots of different ways to get involved and you can give as much or as little time as you wish.

One exciting project that Irish Red Cross Youth are involved with is Positive Images. This is a pan-European project aimed at promoting positive attitudes among young people towards vulnerable migrants, as well as raising awareness of development issues and enabling exchanges of learning across the EU.

Positive Images training for youth leaders is taking place this month. If you are interested in getting involved or would like more information contact Louise at Irish Red Cross.

E: lscollins@redcross.ie. P: +353 1 6424600


“Youth are amongst the most prejudiced in Irish society”

According to an article in today’s Irish Times (18 May). In his latest book, Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland: Prejudice and Related Issues in Early 21st Century Ireland leading sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil traces recent changes in Irish prejudice.

outh are amongst the most prejudiced in Irish society according to an article in today’s Irish Times (18 May). In his latest book, Pluralism and Diversity in Ireland: Prejudice and Related Issues in Early 21st Century Ireland leading sociologist Fr Micheál Mac Gréil traces recent changes in Irish prejudice.

Based on attitude surveys carried out by the Economic and Social Research Institute between November 2007 and March 2008 it was found that a ‘substantial minority’ of 18 – 25 year olds expressed a serious level of ethnic and racial intolerance.

Research such as this highlights the importance of projects such as Positive Images in fostering awareness and understanding amongst Ireland’s youth. Sadly prejudice against ethnic minorities is far too common place in Ireland today. The Positive Images project is attempting to dispel many of the myths that people hold about ethnic minorities while also promoting positive attitudes.

Read the full Irish Times Article here

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