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Culture and Faith in the North East Inner City

In March, 30 leaders and representatives of a broad range of faith communities and faith-based organisations from Dublin’s North East Inner City gathered together to explore their shared past, present and future. Led by the partnership of ACET Ireland and Dublin City Interfaith Forum, the group were inspired in their conversations and new connections by the inputs of the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheál Mac Donncha, Fr. Peter McVerry and Salome Mbugua of Akidwa.

Peter McVerry’s comments struck a particular chord as he encouraged those attending to “spend your week demonstrating the dignity of all, which is declared at your worship services on the weekend.” Those weekly activities include supporting asylum seekers and refugees, addressing unemployment, international development, community development, youth work, prison work, responding to addiction, homelessness and HIV, education, leadership development, supporting migrant women, working with travellers, encouraging the creative arts and much more.

“This is a great opportunity to establish a positive framework for interfaith work in this local community of rich diversity and significance,” commented Adrian Cristea of the Dublin City Interfaith Forum.

“For some faith communities and organisations there is little connection with the area in which they worship and operate. Our hope is that this event will start to change that,” stated Richard Carson of ACET Ireland.

Cover Photo: Fr. Michael Casey (Salesians, Our Lady of Lourdes, Sean McDermott St), Br. Pat Geraghty (Christian Brothers, North Richmond Street), Michael O’Sullivan (Columbans, Store Street).

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Micheál Mac Donncha.

Fr Peter McVerry addresses the group.

Salome Mbugua of Akidwa addressed the need for positive integration of migrant in Ireland and the role faith communities can play at a local level. “To make integration happen we must work in solidarity. We must move beyond words and create opportunities for everyone.”

Joe Kerrigan (Trinity Church Network, Gardiner Street), Philip McKinley (Discovery Gospel Choir, Cathal Brugha St), Dave Gardner (Urban Soul/Street Pastors).

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Culture, Faith and Community Event

Learning from the past and looking to a shared future: 

You are invited to this important upcoming event which is part of Dublin’s North East Inner City’s regeneration project (www.neic.ie). We are gathering leaders and members from a  wide range of faith communities and faith-informed organizations in the NEIC, alongside community workers, activists and residents engaged with issues of justice, diversity, integration and community development.

Speakers include:

  • Terry Fagan – North Inner City Folklore Project
  • Salome Mbugua – AkiDwA
  • Lord Mayor of Dublin, Ardmhéara Micheál Mac Donncha
  • Father Peter McVerry SJ

All are welcome.

Thursday, 15 March, 9.30-1.00, Edmund Rice House, North Richmond Street, Dublin 1

Hosted by Dublin City Interfaith Forum and ACET.

Thanks to Dublin North East Inner City.

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Happy Christmas!

Thank you all for your interest and support throughout 2017. We are looking forward to 2018 with hope.

We wish all of you a very happy and peaceful Christmas,

the ACET team:

Richard, Terrie, Vivienne, Olivia, Hansi and Lynn

Our office is closed until 8 January 2018.

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World AIDS Day 2017 in Dublin

ACET staff marked World AIDS Day in three counties:

Richard Carson, ACET CEO, was a guest at an evening reception in Áras an Uachtaráin for HIV Ireland, at the invitation of President Michael D Higgins “to mark World AIDS Day, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of HIV Ireland, and to pay tribute to people and organisations working to prevent the spread of AIDS and assisting people living with HIV.”

ACET founder and quilt group coordinator Terrie Colman-Black and Olivia Corbett, care worker, were part of an Intergenerational Plenary at NUI Maynooth, where the Media Studies Department hosted “AIDS and Irish Media: Intergenerational Dialogues“.

Hansi Chisnall travelled to Galway for a conference, HIV and Ageing, hosted by AIDS West.

 

 

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Friends Remembering Friends

You are invited to join us in St Andrew’s Resource Centre on 30 November to remember friends, mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, daughters, sons, and community members who have passed away.

With songs, inspirational readings, and reciting of names, Friends Remembering Friends gives a space to reflect on those we love who are no longer with us.

Hosted by ACET board member Tony MacCarthaigh and the quilt group, who will unveil their most recent work, the event is both memorial and celebratory, as together we look to the life that is around us.

Thursday, 30 November, 12 noon, St Andrew’s Resource Centre, Rialto, Dublin 8

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Annual Report and Audited Accounts 2016

ACET’s 2016 Audited Accounts and Annual Report  are available on our website.

As CEO Richard Carson points out “the emergence of new fruit” is an appropriate image to describe our work throughout 2016. New Partnerships, impactful Care work and the development of our Migrant Led Church project all form part of the story as well as the blessing which Matilda Project continues to be to communities in Zimbabwe.

Through grants, trusts and individual donations our 2016 income reached its highest ever level and this enabled delivery of more services inputting to the lives of those we support and work with. Thank you for all the valuable contributions of support through time, money or prayer.

We look forward to seeing how ACET continues to touch, empower & improve lives  throughout 2017.

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New Parent/Teen Communication Course Dates in Dundalk

“This course has enlightened me about how to deal with teenagers.” – Jesus Centre Dublin participant.

We know that Parenting is tough. We know that Parenting teenagers can be really tough. That is why we are bringing the vastly experienced staff of ACET Northern Ireland to deliver our Parent/Teen Communication Skills course in Dublin.

We have trained church leaders all over the country on HIV, listening skills, mental health and more. Together with our participants we have identified Parenting as an enormously challenging area, particularly in the context of the generation divide marked by migration from one continent to another. I remember the day a Pastor said to me, over coffee, “Richard, I don’t know how to talk to my 14-year-old daughter. It is like she is speaking a different language.” “You are not alone.” was my reply.

We have already trained parents on our Level 2 course in Jesus Centre Dublin. 100% of participants stated that the course equipped them to be better parents in areas such as Teenage Development, Strategies for Resolving Conflict,  How to Build Self esteem in Teenagers and Talking about Sex and Relationships with Teenagers.  Now we are repeating the same course for new participants

Would you consider joining us as together we explore areas of Conflict and Listening and see how God might equip us to become better parents for our wonderful children?

Course Details:

Saturday 13th May: 9:45am – 3:30pm

Saturday 27th May: 9:30am – 4:00pm

Attendance is required for both days.

Venue: RCCG – Miralceland, Castletown Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth.

Lunch will be provided. All participants will receive a Level 2 Open College Network (OCN) Northern Ireland qualification and will be introduced to further options for learning in this area including the chance to become trainers themselves through a Level 3 course. There is no charge for this course and there are limited places. To book your place contact Richard Carson at richard.c@acet.ie or 0860482094 (On WhatsApp or phone)

This project is funded by the MAC AIDS Fund.

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Spaces Matter – On the Threshold

Have you checked out our series of pictures?
ACET’s Liminal Space Project is an attempt to tell something of the story of our work. A liminal space is somewhere that exists at the point between two realities. The old may have passed but the new has not yet come. The threshold between despair and hope, between darkness and light has been an ongoing home for our projects and a place where we have encountered beauty, meaning and miracles. These projects find their origins in a virus that changed the world but now also find definition in the many fault lines of societal injustice exposed by HIV. Through photographs and videos we will show you the liminal spaces of homes, streets, people and issues that have come about over our 25 years in existence and are made real by the work of our staff and volunteers every day. New images will be added on a regular basis and we hope these glimpses will inform, encourage and inspire you. Why don’t you take a look at https://www.instagram.com/acetireland/?hl=en

 

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ACET adopts the Governance Code

As of the 24th May 2016 we’re delighted to say that ACET has adopted The Governance Code – a strong measure of how well a charity is run, directed and controlled. Good governance means an organisation has policies and procedures in place that will make sure the organisation runs effectively and transparently.
We, the Board of ACET commit to:
Principle 1. Leading our organisation. We do this by:
  • Agreeing our vision, purpose and values and making sure that they remain relevant;
  • Developing, resourcing, monitoring and evaluating a plan to make sure that our organisation achieves its stated purpose.
  • Managing, supporting and holding to account staff, volunteers and all who act on behalf of the organisation.
Principle 2. Exercising control over our organisation. We do this by:
  • Identifying and complying with all relevant legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Making sure that there are appropriate internal financial and management controls;
  • Identifying major risks for our organisation and deciding ways of managing the risks.
Principle 3. Being transparent and accountable. We do this by:
  • Identifying those who have a legitimate interest in the work of our organisation (stakeholders) and making sure that there is regular and effective communication with them about our organisation;
  • Responding to stakeholders’ questions or views about the work of our organisation and how we run it;.
  • Encouraging and enabling the engagement of those who benefit from our organisation in the planning and decision-making of the organisation.
Principle 4. Working effectively. We do this by:
  • Making sure that our governing body, individual board members, committees, staff and volunteers understand their: role, legal duties, and delegated responsibility for decision-making.
  • Making sure that as a board we exercise our collective responsibility through board meetings that are efficient and effective.
  • Making sure that there is suitable board recruitment, development and retirement processes in place.
Principle 5. Behaving with integrity. We do this by:
  • Being honest, fair and independent;
  • Understanding, declaring and managing conflicts of interest and conflicts of loyalties;
  • Protecting and promoting our organisation’s reputation.
  • We confirm that our organisation is committed to the standards outlined in these principles. We commit to reviewing our organisational practice against the recommended actions for each principle every year.
Prof. Sam McConkey
Chairperson of Board
RIchard Phillips
Secretary of the Board
We confirm that our organisation complies with The Governance Code for the Community, Voluntary and Charitable Sector in Ireland.

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