Practice Case Study

Learning points for building participation


  • MRCI Community Work Practice Graphics by Form.ieAdvertise the forum one month in advance to migrant communities
  • Flyers made available in simple straight forward language
  • Let people know through word of mouth and networks
  • Set a relevant agenda; be informed about what is going on for migrants in their lives. Select a topic or theme well in advance
  • Target people you know will be interested in issue addressed/topic covered e.g. being undocumented, changes to work permit system.
  • A series of Know Your Rights sessions (social welfare, tenancy, voting,
    immigration)
  • Sharing critical immigration and employment permit updates and developments
  • Face to face direct contact with decision makers and politicians on migrant issues
  • Use participative methodologies. Ensure amidst inputs and information sharing there are opportunities for people to get to know each other and the organisation. Ice breakers, discussion and working groups are important here
  • Capture the contact details of people attending through¬†registration
  • Mind the logistics but not overly so. Create a warm welcoming environment in an accessible building. Cheap and cheerful works well as opposed to formal and intimidatingMRCI Community Work Practice Graphics by Form.ie
  • Follow up with people to build contact and relationships by sending on promised information and by inputting new names into the database for future contact
  • Identify leaders emerging and persons interested in participating more heavily in the work of the forum and beyond
  • Feedback the discussion and analysis coming from this collective and participative space with the organisation.

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