2007 EQUAL NI Conferences

 

EQUAL POLICY FORUM
Diversifying the Workplace: Strategies for Empowerment and Inclusion


FOLLOW-UP MEETING, London
16 June 2008

At the Policy Forum in Belfast in November 2007, both the Commission and the Steering Group recognised that, while much had been achieved, there was still work to be done, and with the Commission’s encouragement, we are considering the possibility of bidding for a Community of Practice, focusing on empowerment, if and when the funding becomes available.

In the meantime, we are planning one final review of the achievements of the Policy Forum.

We are hoping to expand the group of Member States which might be interested in working with us on a potential Community of Practice, on the theme of Diversity and Empowerment. This was one important aspect of the work undertaken at the Policy Forum, where presentations to policymakers by participants from diverse disadvantaged backgrounds, and from employers, emerged as an extremely powerful communication tool.

For further information, please contact Ms Brita Terpe* by clicking on the name or calling +44.(0)28.9037 1027.

EQUAL POLICY FORUM
Diversifying the Workplace: Strategies for Empowerment and Inclusion

Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast
November 29 - 30 2007

The EQUAL Policy Forum took place in the Wellington Park Hotel, Belfast from 29 to 30 November 2007, and built on the foundations established at the preceding EQUAL Exchange Event (please see below) which was held in Belfast on 13 June 2007. The working language was English.

The Policy Forum brought together a number of beneficiaries from EQUAL DPs, policy makers and employers from across the European Union with the aim of presenting good practice emerging from EQUAL. We hoped to convince employers to adopt these promising practices and to persuade policy makers to use EQUAL outcomes to help develop their policies.

The Policy Forum was intended to be highly participatory and the majority of the time was spent in Workshop discussions on the following three themes:

1. Beneficiaries;
2. Employers; and
3. Policy Makers and Bridge Builders.

A preliminary article on the Forum is available on the European Commission's EQUAL website in English *. A further full report will be available in due course in 2008.

EQUAL Policy Forum Steering Group Members:
- Dr Depasquale, Helga, Managing Authority, Malta
- Ms Deschrijvere, Liezelotte, National Support Structure, Belgium-NL
- Ms Dunlop, Edyth, Northern Ireland Union for Supported Employment, UK-NI
- Mr Donnelly, Pat, National Support Structure, UK-NI
- Mr Gillespie, Owen, Managing Authority, UK-NI
- Ms Haddock, Margaret, European Union for Supported Employment, UK-NI
- Mr Howell, Martin, Business in the Community, UK-NI
- Ms Jansone, Antra, Managing Authority, Latvia
- Mr Lohiniva, Risto, European Commission
- Ms Milca, Elita, Managing Authority, Latvia
- Dr Neill, John, Managing Authority, UK-NI
- Ms Nunes, Maria do Carmo, Managing Authority, Portugal
- Ms Platsouka, Elissavet, European Commission
- Mr Reilly, Declan, Managing Authority, UK-NI
- Ms Vale, Ana, Managing Authority, Portugal


This event was part-financed by the European Social Fund under the EQUAL Community Initiative Programme, the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

To view an interactive report of the Policy Forum Report ** (PDF format, 2.17 MB) please click here.

EQUAL EXCHANGE EVENT
EQUALising the Workplace – Diversity in Action
Waterfront Hall, Belfast
June 13 2007

The EQUAL Exchange Event took place in the Waterfront Hall, Belfast on 13 June 2007. The conference built the foundations for a subsequent EQUAL Policy Forum to be held, again in Belfast, from November 29-30 2007. The working language for both is English.

The Exchange Event was organised in conjunction with the 8th European Union of Supported Employment (EUSE) Conference, and brought together a number of EQUAL DPs and EUSE members, working in the field of diversity, to:

  • Agree on those most promising practices that have been successfully tested in EQUAL, which are of relevance to decision makers in the fields of social and vocational integration and, of course, have something positive to offer to employers
  • Lay the foundations for the Policy Forum in November 2007, with a view to convincing employers to adopt these promising practices and to persuade decision makers to use EQUAL outcomes to help develop their policies

The Exchange Event was intended to be highly participatory and the majority of the time was spent in Workshop discussions on the following three themes under the “Diversity” umbrella:

1. Empowerment of Vulnerable Groups
2. Working with Employers
3. Building the Bridges
(between vulnerable groups and employers, through the intervention of a range of agencies and services that are concerned with the integration of disadvantaged groups)

This event was part-financed by the European Social Fund under the EQUAL Community Initiative Programme and the Department for Employment and Learning in Northern Ireland.

To view a print version of the Exchange Event Report ** (PDF format, 708 KB)
please click here. An interactive version of this report will be available shortly.

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