About the Change Makers Project

Funded on an annual basis by Irish Aid, Change Makers Donegal started in July 2012, and we are now in our ninth year. There are three Project Partners, Inishowen Development Partnership, Donegal Education & Training Board and Self Help Africa. Over the years we have worked hard to raise awareness of local and global development issues with adults across County 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.  In 2020 we are making progress in adapting our content and materials so we can offer online workshops, accredited learning and other activities. This has been in response to Covid 19, but it also a good opportunity for us to find ways to reach a wider audience across Donegal.

The range of workshops we now 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 autumn 2020. 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 and Moville have both achieved Fairtrade Town status and Buncrana and Dunfanaghy are making good progress towards this goal. 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.

Please get in touch if you want find out more about the project and how to get involved.  Contact Kate@inishowen.ie or call on 074 936 2218

In 2019, we completed a creative review of our story so far. This shares our journey from 2012 to 2019.  Our thanks to everyone in the County and across the country who has supported us in our work.  Find out more here [Gavin: link to creative review]