Environment & Economics – Striking a Balance, A Walk & Talk event

ChangeMakers Donegal in collaboration with ECO Carn, present: Environment & Economics – Striking a Balance, A Walk & Talk event at Trawbreaga Bay, a Special Conversation Area.

Featuring:

– A walk of the site by Karin Dubksy of Coastwatch and Trish Murphy of Inishowen Rivers Trust

-An overview of the opportunities presented by the LEADER programme by Andrew Ward of Inishowen Development Partnership

Register: https://tinyurl.com/2pce4ecf

Annual Seminar Booking Remains Open to Thursday 8 June at 12 noon

 

SUSTAINABILITY and solidarity in the community will be at the fore of the annual ChangeMakers Donegal seminar early next month.

Taking place at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday, June 9, the annual seminar is inviting everyone who is interested in coming together to share ideas to attend the free and public event.

Speakers on the day include Rebekah Shirley of World Resources Institute Africa and David O’Hare, Communications Officer with Trócaire, who are ChangeMakers partners, along with Inishowen Development Partnership, Self Help Africa, Donegal ETB, and Concern Worldwide.

As well as Rebekah and David being the main speakers at the annual seminar on June 9, there will also be a a panel discussion featuring Greencastle Community Centre, Muff District Heritage Group and the Donegal Gay Walking Group and others who signed up to the Seeds of Change Grant and Mentoring programme as well as music from the New Lands Choir.

Booking for the seminar is now open and while it is a free event people are asked to book their spot in advance to allow for lunch/dietary requirements for the venue.

Book your free spot now via Eventbrite and the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/changemakers-annual-seminar-save-the-date-tickets-631481727847?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

 

Disappear Here Film Club at Inishowen Pride

 

The Disappear Here Film Club is going on the road for one week only from its usual location, Clonmany, to feature in the Inishowen Pride weekend in Buncrana for the first time on Friday 2 June.

The Disappear Here Film Club is designed to bring people together once a month to see a societal or global theme played out on screen and to give people the opportunity to discuss these issues as a community.

Everyone is welcome to join our Club which is a partnership between Disappear Here Film Festival, ChangeMakers Donegal and Concern.

 

To reserve your seat visit Eventbrite and enter the words: Disappear Here Film Club at Inishowen Pride.

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/disappear-here-film-club-at-inishowen-pride-tickets-638235739277?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Further Information

As part of the Inishowen Pride Weekend, Michael McLaughlin of Disappear Here Film Festival 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.

A panel discussion will follow the Film screenings and it will feature Karl Hayden, LGBTQ+ and HIV activist for more than 30 years, Orla Walsh, Film-maker and Anne-Marie Mc Laughlin, Healthy Club Officer at Buncrana GAA, chaired by Ruth Garvey Williams of Exchange Inishowen.

“We’re very much looking forward to hosting the Film Club in Buncrana as part of Inishowen Pride weekend,” said Myra McAuliffe, Project Coordinator, ChangeMakers Donegal.

“And we expect the panel discussion after to be very lively and informative. As well as being an activist, Karl has been working on a scheme to disregard historic convictions of men prosecuted under Victorian Law, which criminalised consensual sex between men up to 1993.

“Karl was also one of the organisers of the Dublin Pride so we’re looking forward to having him in Buncrana,” added Myra.

“Also on the evening, an exhibition Where Love is Illegal, will be unveiled. Witness Change has partnered with Inishowen Pride to bring this exhibition to Ireland for the first time. The exhibition documents and shares LGBTI+ stories of discrimination and survival from around the world. The exhibition will be on display throughout the weekend at The Exchange Inishowen.“

The Disappear Here Film Club will take place in the Exchange on Friday June 2 at 7.30pm. It is free and open to everyone over 18. However advance booking is required to be able to accommodate everyone.

Programme

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

SUSTAINABILITY and solidarity in the community will be at the fore of the annual ChangeMakers Donegal seminar early next month.

Taking place at the Station House Hotel in Letterkenny on Friday, June 9, the annual seminar is inviting everyone who is interested in coming together to share ideas to attend the free and public event.

Speakers on the day include Rebekah Shirley of World Resources Institute Africa and David O’Hare, Communications Officer with Trócaire, who are ChangeMakers partners, along with Inishowen Development Partnership, Self Help Africa, Donegal ETB, and Concern Worldwide.

David will speak about the impact of climate change on Somalia following a visit there recently.

“I am looking forward to delivering a speech about climate change at ChangeMakers Donegal’s upcoming annual seminar,” said David.

“Trócaire has enjoyed a long partnership with ChangeMakers Donegal and both organisations are funded by Irish Aid to work for global justice in today’s unbalanced world.

“Just six weeks ago, I visited Somalia, where eight million people are facing starvation. This is the consequence of three years without rain. A drought the like of which hasn’t been seen for four decades has been fuelled by climate change and the result has been devastating for the people of this east African country.

“While these are hard truths to confront, it is my hope that speaking about my recent experiences in Somalia, telling the stories of the people I met, will spur on more action at a local level as we all have a role to play in confronting climate change.”

ChangeMakers raise awareness of global issues, such as sustainability, climate change, gender equality, Fairtrade, and so much more, but in a local way.

“Global issues are local issues and that’s what Irish Aid and our partners support us to highlight here in Donegal,” said Myra McAuliffe, Project Coordinator of ChangeMakers Donegal.

“In the past year we’ve worked with local people to embrace Fairtrade products in towns and villages across Donegal and we’ve celebrated UN Mother Tongue Day and we’ve launched our new Sustainability Passport programme.”

The ChangeMakers Sustainability Passport Programme offers a guide to a more sustainable life specific to Donegal and isopen to individuals, community groups, social enterprises and businesses.

Buncrana Tidy Town Committee piloted the Sustainability Passport by choosing to focus on reusing and recycling in recent months, by taking up community gardening in the community garden owned by the Swilly Community Employment Programme behind the Vincents Buncrana shop on the Main Street.

“This shows sustainability in action in the community and we hope it will encourage local people to reuse waste materials in their everyday activities given Ireland produces the highest

volume of plastic waste per person in the EU ,” added Myra.

Myra hopes that the annual seminar on June 9 will be an opportunity to reflect on the previous year, as well as a chance to look to the future and see how when local come together to share conversations and ideas.

“ChangeMakers is quite unique in Ireland and thanks to our partnership model we’ve been going 11 years now,” said Myra.

“We invite anyone interested in a movement for change to come along to the Station House Hotel Letterkenny on Friday 9 June 2023 as we’ll make plans there for the year of ahead of inclusive education and discussion for adults.”

As well as Rebekah and David being the main speakers at the annual seminar on June 9, there will also be a a panel discussion featuring Greencastle Community Centre, Muff District Heritage Group and the Donegal Gay Walking Group and others who signed up to the Seeds of Change Grant and Mentoring programme as well as music from the New Lands Choir.

Booking for the seminar is now open and while it is a free event people are asked to book their spot in advance to allow for lunch/dietary requirements for the venue.

Book your free spot now via Eventbrite and the link below:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/changemakers-annual-seminar-save-the-date-tickets-631481727847?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

For more information see www.changemakers.ie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

Starter-kit

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.

Register 

To register your place, visit Eventbrite:

https://tinyurl.com/2p8ypy5x

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.

 

Details

 

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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