About the ChangeMakers Project
Now in its 11th year, ChangeMakers is all about global action at a local level. Funded by Irish Aid, Change Makers Donegal started in July 2012. A Global Citizenship Education programme for adults in Donegal, the ChangeMakers project is rooted in the principles of community development and situated within the Inishowen Development Partnership (IDP). Alongside IDP, there are four Project Partners; Donegal Education & Training Board, Self Help Africa, Trocaire and Concern.
What we do
Over the years we have worked to raise awareness of local and global citizenship issues with adults across Donegal. We have done this through a range of activities, including workshops, accredited learning, ETB tutor education, community arts projects, horticulture and environmental projects, activities for specific groups e.g. older people, community debates and more.
The range of workshops we oﬀer is extensive and includes Climate Justice, Fashion and Consumerism, Gender Equality, Women’s Reproductive Rights, Human Trafficking, Maternal Health, Human Rights, Environmental Workshops (bees, seeds and water), Zero Waste, Fairtrade, Migration and Refugees. In Spring each year, we have our annual seminar which celebrates what we have done each year and gives our project participants the opportunity to meet up and share their experience and knowledge.
We currently oﬀer three accredited learning opportunities: QQI Level 4 in Local and Global Development Awareness, QQI level 5 in Intercultural Diversity and QQI Level 6 in Global Development. We are currently in the process of developing a further module in Social Justice Principles at level 5. We are currently adapting the QQI Level 6 to be delivered online in 2022/2023. We have an experienced panel of local passionate and committed Development Education facilitators to support the project across all of our activities.
We continue to work with local communities to help them become Fairtrade Towns. To date, Carndonagh, Moville and Dunfanaghy have achieved Fairtrade Town status and Buncrana, Clonmany, Ballyliffin are making good progress towards this goal with Donegal County Council passing a Motion in support of this initiative in 2023 thanks to ChangeMakers Donegal’s advocacy work.
As well as working within Donegal, we also link nationally with other organisations with complementary Development Education agendas to share experience and resources. We are an active member of the Irish Development Education Association which enables us to have a voice nationally.
In 2019, we completed a creative review of our story so far. This shares our journey from 2012 to 2022. Find out more here.
ChangeMakers is Award-winning project
In 2019 the project was awarded an AONTAS adult education STAR award, after being shortlisted four times.
In 2020, as a response to the Covid 19 pandemic, we adapted many of our activities for online delivery. This enabled us to reach a broader and more diverse audience within the country, country and beyond.
Thank You for being a Change Maker
Our thanks to everyone in the County and across the country who has supported us in our work.
Please get in touch if you want find out more about the project and how to get involved. Contact email@example.com or call on 074 936 2218.