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Belfast Integration and
Participation Project launched at City Hall
Belfast Integration and Participation Project was
launched at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 31 July.
A partnership between Belfast City Council, Gems
(NI) and Law Centre (NI), the project aims to
improve the integration and participation of migrant
and ethnic communities in the city.
Speakers included Lord Mayor Gavin
Robinson, Nick Garbutt of Asitis Consulting, Alan
Morrow, Chair of the project’s steering committee
and speakers from participating organisations.
Jennifer Greenfield, Assistant Director Casework and
Training, presented the Law Centre's role in the
Law Centre will develop an online guide
on migrant workers social security rights and train advisers on
right to reside test within social security; access
to health, social care and housing for persons from
abroad; Universal Credit, its rules on right to
reside and access of Romanian and Bulgarian
will also run practitioner focus groups identifying
current and emerging issues for advisers and other
practitioners working with migrant and minority
GEMS NI will work at fostering integration and
participation through developing economic
opportunities, while South Belfast Roundtable will
concentrate on the social aspect of integration and
on awareness training.
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Launch: Your Rights in
On Monday 13 August, we will celebrate the publication of the
translated versions of the new edition of Your Rights in Northern
Introduced by OFMDFM Junior Minister Jonathan Bell MLA and NIHRC Chief Commissioner Michael O’Flaherty,
the launch will be followed by light refreshments.
If you would like to attend, contact:
The translations (in Polish, Slovak, Lithuanian, Romanian, Latvian, Russian, Chinese,
Bulgarian and Brazilian Portuguese) are on
www.lawcentreni.org/publications/migrant-workers.html, www.nihrc.org and
In response to demand, the Polish version is available in print.
There is also a poster publicising the online
versions. If you would like to display these or distribute to your
users, contact our
publications officer. Copies
will be sent to you free of charge.
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Refresher – Disability Related Benefits
Refresher – Disability Related Benefits
6 September: Completing Disability Forms – DLA and
ESA Best Practice – Derry
20 September: Completing Disability Forms – DLA and
ESA Best Practice – Belfast
25 September: Representing Clients at Mental Health
Review Tribunals – Derry
2 October: Representing Clients at Mental Health
Review Tribunals – Belfast
8 October: Redundancy, Lay Off and Employer
Insolvency – Belfast
9 October: Welfare Rights Adviser Programme – 8 days
25 October: Tribunal Representation – 6 days - Derry
All our courses carry CPD points for solicitors,
barristers and CAB advisers.
For more details, visit the
training section of our website, contact
email@example.com, 028 7126
2433 or view our
Free language classes for asylum seekers
Following lobbying of the Department for Employment
and Learning by the Law Centre and partners, courses
in English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)
will be available free of charge to asylum seekers
in Northern Ireland.
The new regime will apply, on a pilot basis, from
for the academic year.
Employment law review
On 15 June, Law Centre (NI) hosted a
discussion on the DEL paper on review of employment
law in Northern Ireland.
The event was attended by representatives of
It provided an opportunity
to explore the options for Northern Ireland in light
of the present review in Britain.
The problems created by the current tribunal system
for resolving workplace disputes, exacerbated by the
lack of access to independent advice, were discussed.
A range of
were explored and
there was broad agreement
there is an important
opportunity to create a regime
tailored to the needs of Northern
response to the discussion paper will be available
on our website in the next few days. There will be a
full consultation on
review in the autumn.
Support for vulnerable young adult
Our community care unit recently worked with a vulnerable young
adult with Asperger’s who has suicidal tendencies. She
was previously known to social services but her
support had ended after leaving secondary school.
Following correspondence with the trust, an up to
date assessment of her mental health needs was
arranged. The trust has now put in place a
befriending service to help her with social and
financial skills and improve her self confidence.