The Irish National Organisation of the Unemployed was a member of the "Ireland In Social Europe" Project lead by the European Anti Poverty Network Ireland. As one of six partner organisations taking part in this work the INOU was tasked specifically with the strand of the project analysing activation. With the unemployment crisis Ireland is facing, this project is particularly timely.
Identifying four areas nationally (Galway, Cork, Dundalk and Finglas), the INOU conducted a series of focus groups with unemployed people, Community Employment participants and Jobs Initiative employees to ascertain their experience of the services delivered under activation measures and indeed the activation measures themselves. This initial phase of the project also allowed participants the opportunity to avail of some training through the EAPN around active participation in social inclusion mechanisms, as well to attend the Social Inclusion Forum held in Dublin in September 2009.
The second phase of this project saw the INOU conducting a series of regional roundtable discussions in Galway, Cork and Dundalk bringing together service providers and senior regional management and practitioners from agencies, institutions, partnership companies, development agencies and employments services. These meetings were convened to discuss the findings of the focus groups and to seek solutions to issues raised, as well as to gain insight from service providers and practitioners as to how the process of activation can be improved to achieve better outcomes for the unemployed.
The final phase of this project saw the findings from both the focus groups and the roundtable discussions being brought to a national conference 'Make the Future Work' hosted by the INOU in the Ashling Hotel Dublin on the 28th of September, 2010. The Conference brought together key policy makers, Department officials, employer's organisations, union representatives, education providers and unemployed people in order to highlight the absolute need for activation measures to be effective in securing decent employment for the unemployed and to play their part in getting Ireland back to work.
A copy of the INOU Burning issues Paper on Activation can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the picture below to the left. Also you can view the INOU presentation to the conference by clicking on the image below to the right.
If you would like any information about this project please contact the INOU.
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