Disappear Here Film Club at Inishowen Pride


The Disappear Here Film Club presented by ChangeMakers Dongeal and Disappear Here Film Festival will appear at the Inishowen Pride Festival on Friday 2 June 2023 at 7:30pm at The Exchange, Inishowen in Buncrana.

Michael McLaughlin has chosen five short films to reflect LGBTQ+ stories. The short films will be followed by a post-film discussion featuring Orla Walsh, the Director of the film Bent out of Shape about a gay punk working in a video shop.

We are using Eventbrite to process bookings, predict seating requirements therefore the ticket price says free but note the entry to the film and post-screening discussion costs €7.50 and all proceeds go to the ‘Donegal Documentary Fund’, to help raise awareness of socio-political and environmental issues in the county. To book: https://tinyurl.com/3jb6aarm

Thanks to our funder, Concern Worldwide.


The programme of short films is as follows:

Film Title 1: Bent out of Shape

Director: Orla Walsh (IRL)

Description: Danny, a gay punk working in a video shop, befriends a young bullied boy Stephen but their friendship has consequences…

Running Time: 26 minutes


Film Title 2: Dream Kitchen

Director: Barry Dignam (IRL)

Description: A young man arrives home to find his Dad repairing the car again and his Mum busy cooking, as usual. In these depressingly dreary surroundings the son imagines a luxurious dream kitchen, in which he plucks up the courage to tell his astonished parents the good news: “I’m gay”. But, all too soon, his fairy-tale comes to an end…

Running Time: 9 minutes


Film Title 3: Different

Director: John Farrelly (IRL)

Description: Summer 1980’s, The West of Ireland. A time and place where homosexuality is frowned upon, a promising young gaelic footballer, Patrick, falls in love with another young man from his local village.

Running Time: 20 mins


Film Title 4: In Orbit

Director: Katie McNiece (IRL)

Description: There was once an invisible optician, trapped in a strange and lonely world. Her story starts with a broken lens and the woman who taught her to see things differently.

Running Time: 17 mins


Film Title 5: PINK

Director: KY Baldwin – (USA)

Description: Elody is realizing that finding love is a gift not to be ignored. Being happy and living without fear is what matters and will make you the person you are destined to be.

Running Time: 7 mins


Panel discussion to follow the event, details to be announced soon.

Let’s make change together at our 11th annual seminar

Everyone is warmly invited to attend our 11th Annual Seminar on Friday 9 June 2023 at 9:30am to 2pm. Together we can make real and sustainable change happen. Let’s get together to reflect on the action we have taken.


The programme will feature:


  • A speaker from the Global South on the topic of sustainability;
  • David O’Hare from Trócaire, on climate change in Somalia;
  • Stalls and a panel discussion to showcase of the Seeds of Change Community Projects which were funded/part-funded by ChangeMakers;
  • Information about our new Sustainability Passport programme for individuals, community groups, social enterprises and businesses;
  • Full programme and agenda to follow shortly.


Register today to inform seating and catering arrangements at :  https://tinyurl.com/yhynds8w


If transport is an issue for you, let us know, and we can try to help to coordinate a car-pool.


Walk & Talk on World Migratory Birds Day at Glenveagh




As #World Migratory Bird Day approaches, the massive movement of birds over our heads is already underway. And yet, we are experiencing a dramatic decline in many of the species. Join us for another of our popular Walk & Talk Series with Aengus Kennedy of @Naturenorthwest at the beautiful Glenveagh National Park.
Booking link: https://tinyurl.com/34h2sbh9

Celebrating Women of the World with Amanda Obidike

Meet Amanda Obidike, Founder of STEM-i Makers Africa and a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science. As part of the ChangeMaker’s Global Voices Series, she spoke Diane Greer of ChangeMakers Donegal ahead of International Women’s Day 2023. This year’s themes are Equity and Innovation.

In this 10-minute interview, Amanda talks about her work in Africa, to connect young women to role models and the world of STEM. She offers advice ‘to the women of the world’, to embrace collaboration in all spheres of life. She shares the saying: ‘when you empower women, the woman empowers her community’.

A message of empowerment from Nigeria to Donegal

Amanda sent a special message to the women of Donegal. Because the theme for IWD 2023 is equity and innovation, we introduced Amanda to Donegal women at an International Women’s Day event hosted by our main partner, Inishowen Development Partnership and Women’s Collective Ireland-Donegal. The event celebrated women ‘just like you’ and saw local women nominate someone inspiration from their lives. Amanda encouraged women to be free to dream and excel and to embrace learning amongst their peers. This chimes very well with the adult global citizenship education of ChangeMakers Donegal. She finishes her message with a call to arms to ‘stand together in the embrace equity hug’.









About Amanda Obidike 

Amanda Obidike is the founder of STEMi Makers Africa, an organization addressing the underrepresentation of young women and girls in STEM and the fragmented education system by training teachers and students in STEM Education. Amanda is a key champion for championing diversity in technology and innovation for women and has been recognised for her work with a number of prestigious global awards.

She is also an international speaker and a Mentor in the New York Academy of Science, Cherie Blair Foundation, the 1 million Women in Tech, and Global thinkers for Women where she lends her voice, knowledge, and serves as a role model to girls in Africa. She currently serves on the Leadership Team of the 500 Women Scientists, USA and Trustee Board of the MAI Foundation.

February Vision 2030 Training for Donegal Youth and Community Education Workers

In partnership with Children in Crossfire, we are pleased to offer Vision 2030, a free two-day training on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February 2023.

Suitable for #Donegal/#North West based #Youth Workers and secondary school teachers involved in community projects on Monday 27 and Tuesday 28 February 2023. It’s an OCN NI Level 3 certified course which focuses on local and global justice issues and explores how these issues can be brought to life.

“For me, the opportunity to deal with youth work but to bring in those areas of, more global citizenship and looking at not just our own wee towns and communities but also being able to look further afield at the impact we have but also the impact we could have, is empowering,” said a course participant.

Watch this video to hear more:

To register your interest email: changemakers@inishowen.ie

#donegal #sustainabledevelopment #globalcitizen #iamaglobalcitizen #localtoglobal #northwest #youthwork #SDGs

A Zero Waste Christmas? Workshop

Join Change Makers Joanne Fullerton and Gráinne O’Neill for an introduction to composting ahead of Christmas. 

Learn life hacks for reducing food and nutrient waste in the kitchen this Christmas.

Did you know?

Nearly 50% of our household waste could be composted to nurture our soil.

Waste is a global issue which we can all tackle locally and together.


Participants will get a free compost starter kit provided by Donegal County Council.

Start your change journey in the home with something practical such as composting.

Join Joanne and Gráinne in a kitchen setting at the Exchange, Buncrana for the first of a series of hands on informational workshops for all the community. 

Book: https://tinyurl.com/2hrmbmwp

The ChangeMakers Guide to Global Justice for Community Groups and Individuals

Join us for a bespoke workshop to immerse yourself in the themes of Global Justice: Thursday 17 November 2022 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

Look more closely at themes of Social, Environmental and Economic Justice at a global and local level.

Connect with other individuals and community groups in Donegal and find out about the ChangeMakers Seeds of Change and Mentoring Programmes which are two key pathways to becoming a change maker in a world that needs change.


What’s the workshop about?

This workshop will feature presentations on Social, Environmental, Economic Justice and break-out room clinics, designed to:

  1. Remind you what ChangeMakers is all about, in its focus on ‘development education’ work, which means: linking the experience of people in their local environment to that of people around the world in particular, in the Global South (Asia, Africa and Latin America);
  2. Look closer at the three categories set out in our Seeds of Change Small Grant Fund, specifically: Social, Environmental and Economic Justice;
  3. Examine and discuss the current challenges facing us locally and globally in the areas of Social, Environmental and Economic Justice, to help you to consider your cause/future projects from all angles, and to discuss your work and ideas in more detail in a break-out room with a ChangeMaker mentor and other community groups interested in the same area;
  4. To introduce the revised ChangeMakers Mentoring Programme, as for example, maybe you have a new community group or you are an individual who would like to receive mentoring so as to apply for funding in the future. We are here to help you on that journey.


To register your place, visit Eventbrite:


For More Information on the Seeds of Change Small Grants Funding visit:

Seeds of Change Grant Scheme

For more information on our Mentoring Programme, please visit:

Mentoring Programme

Disappear Here Film Club 2: Losing Alaska

Disappear Here Film Club 2: Losing Alaska


ChangeMakers, Disappear Here Film Festival and Concern Worldwide are pleased to invite you to the second Disappear Here Film Club screening and post-film talk at the Market House, Clonmany, this Friday 1 July 2022 at 7:30pm.

Our second film is the powerful documentary ‘Losing Alaska from Director Tom Burke.

The 375 residents of Newtok, Alaska watch their homes disappear into rolling seas as winter storms steal their coastline and melting permafrost erodes the edges of their town. Tom Burke’s elegiac study follows the community as they struggle to maintain their traditional Yup’ik culture, a subsistence lifestyle of hunting and fishing, and build a new town on safer, higher ground.


Post film panel discussion


Our post screening discussion will include Donegal Green Party Chairman Michael White, Rosemary Mc Closkey, Vice Chair of Inishowen Rivers Trust and Duncan Stewart, Environmentalist, Activist and Architect, talking about how these issues are of local as well as global concern.




The Market House, Clonmany

1st July 7.30pm (Pay at the Door)


Entry to the film and post-screening discussion costs €7.50 and all proceeds go to the newly established ‘Donegal Documentary Fund’, to help raise awareness of sociopolitical and environmental issues in the county.


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QQI Level 5 in Intercultural Studies

Equip yourself for an active participation in our rapidly changing society.


ChangeMakers is pleased to present a QQI Level 5 in Intercultural Studies facilitated by Francine Blaché Breen and supported by the Donegal ETB Community Education Support Programme.

This dynamic course will equip you with the knowledge, skills and competence to explore, reflect and analyse intercultural issues. These could include issues such as diversity, racism, prejudice, conflict, inclusion, participation, equality and interdependence.

To register your interest, please email myra@inishowen.ie or call 074 – 936 2218.

Learners who successfully complete this programme will:

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of intercultural issues;
  2. Evaluate various aspects of interculturalism using a range of methods and sources;
  3. Develop a respect for self, others and diversity;
  4. Explore a variety of ways of dealing with issues arising from cultural difference;
  5. Engage in constructive discussion and debate on intercultural topics;
  6. Develop a set of skills and behaviour consistent with positive intercultural communication;
  7. To assist the learner to develop the academic and vocational language, literacy and numeracy skills related to intercultural studies through the medium of the indicative content; and to enable the learner to take responsibility for his/her own learning.

10th anniversary


Join ChangeMakers to celebrate our 10th anniversary on Thursday 9th June 2022 from 9am to 2pm at An Grianan Hotel , Burt , Co Donegal. Reconnect with fellow ChangeMakers, Seeds of Change participants, ChangeMakers steering committee members, Partner organisations, Funders, Community groups, QQI course graduates and a soon to be announced guest speaker.
This is a very special occasion for us here at ChangeMakers and we really do hope you can come along and celebrate with us!
Bookings now to avoid disappointment : https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/celebrating-10-years-of-changemakers-donegal-tickets-339774674197

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