WCD Training Month November 2018 for Community and Voluntary Groups

WCD Training Month for Community and Voluntary Groups is taking place from November 6th next. Events will be hosted in Athlone and Mullingar, with the training being funded By WCD through the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme and Westmeath Volunteer Centre.

Topics being covered include Governance, Committee Skills, Garda Vetting and Funding.

Places can booked through Eventbrite, or if you don’t have access to Eventbrite you can contact Westmeath Community Development at 044 9348571 to book a place. The courses are free of charge, but places are limited so early booking is advised.

Bookings can be made by clicking on the blue links in the table below.

06/11/2018 Garda vetting 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
08/11/2018 Involving and retaining volunteers 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
13/11/2018 Mental Health Awareness 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
20/11/2018 Funding Workshop 9.30-1pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
27/11/2018 Media Skills 10-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
29/11/2018  Committee Skills 10-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone
04/12/2018 Corporate Governance 9.30-1 pm Prince of Wales Hotel, Athlone


06/11/18  Media Skills 10-1pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
08/11/18 Equality and Diversity Training 9.30-1pm Newbury Hotel, Mullingar
13/11/18 Involving and retaining volunteers  9.30-1pm WCD Offices, Mullingar
14/11/18 Garda vetting 6.30-8.30 pm WCD Offices, Mullingar
20/11/18 Mental Health Awareness 9.30-12.30 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
22/11/18 Funding Workshop 10-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
27/11/18 Committee Skills 10-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar
29/11/18 Corporate Governance 9.30-1 pm Annebrook Hotel, Mullingar

Refugee Online Learning (ROLE) Restarts on Thursday!

Refugee online learning (ROLE) restarts on Thursday 20th September at 11:00 in Athlone Institute of Technology

Everyone welcome! We have a lot of planning to do.

  • ROLE 1 people (who started in January) – Identify MOOCS for the new academic year
  • ROLE 2 people (started May) – Check completion of baseline MOOCs and identify suitable short MOOCs
  • ROLE 3 people have just started. Get things going on baseline studies

Hope to see everyone there! Coffee and cakes and conversations provided free of charge!


Information Session on Labour Market Access

There is still a lot of uncertainty about the right to work for asylum Seekers.  If you are interested please attend this session.

Sarah McGeough, the DAF Employment Mediator of Westmeath Community Development will hold an information session on

Date: 30th August

Time: 12:15

Location: Community room, Asylum Seeker Unit, Lissywollen, Athlone

The very brief guide:

To qualify for the right to work you must meet all of these conditions:

  1. Be an international protection applicant; and
  2. Have not received a first instance recommendation on their protection application; and
  3. Has been waiting at least 8 months for their first instance recommendation; and
  4. Has been cooperating with the international protection process – delays in receiving a recommendation must not be due to any actions taken by the applicant.

This is the link to the information booklet for labour market access for international protection applicants – http://www.inis.gov.ie/en/INIS/form-LMA7.pdf/Files/form-LMA7.pdf





Refugee Online Learning – Restart Meeting

Wow, that was some summer, I hope you all have had a good time.

However, now it’s raining and showing signs of autumn so it’s time to get the Refugee Online Education program up and running again.

ROLE 2018-2019 Planning meeting

Monday 20th August – Education Room – Athlone Accommodation Unit – 11:00 to 12:30


  • Introduction to ROLE
  • Information for new students
  • Information for existing students
  • Schedule – Dates, times, locations
  • Any other business

All welcome, please pass this on to anyone interested in further education.