Overview > Community Work

MRCI Model

MRCI’s social justice and advocacy efforts are firmly rooted in community work theory and practice; theory informed by a critical analysis of the situation facing immigrants in Ireland, and practice underpinned by community work’s core values of participation, social justice, equality and anti-discrimination, empowerment and collective action for change.

This way of working is central to MRCI’s way of advocating for change: enabling and empowering immigrants directly experiencing injustice and discrimination to highlight the structural causes of their vulnerability in society and participate in bringing about positive change.

MRCI Community Work Graphics by Form.ie

MRCI’s community work approach recognises that migrants have the right to participate in decisions and structures that affect their lives and seeks to build participation that is active and critical. Our community work approach creates spaces for participation, reflection and action, engaging those we work in a collective analysis of their situation, building power through the development of skills, knowledge and leadership, and collectively working for change.

Useful Links:

The Community Workers' Cooperative

Combined European Bureau for Social Development (CEBSD)

The Irish Journal of Community Work

Department of Applied Social Studies, NUI Maynooth

Pobal: Government Supporting Communities

Department of Environment, Community and Local Government


Click any cover image to download a full PDF copy of that publication:

Tools for Social Change

Tools for Social Change: A Resource Guide for Community Work with Migrant Workers and Their Families in Ireland

Mobilising for Social Justice

Mobilising for Social Justice: MRCI's Community Work Model

Quality Community Work

Towards Standards for Quality Community Work: An All-Ireland Statement of Values, Principles and Work Standards