Welcome to Issue 55 of the INOU e-Bulletin!
In this issue we are very pleased to feature a Report from the INOU’s 35th Annual Delegate Conference/AGM, the first in person AGM since 2019. At the AGM we had the pleasure of an inspirational keynote address from Fr. Peter McVerry and he was kind enough to allow us to publish his speech in full in Fr Peter McVerry addresses the INOU Annual Delegate Conference.
In Budget 2024: An Enabling Budget we discuss the upcoming budget and the INOU’s pre-budget submission. We have a piece from the INOU’s Training Unit on their two day spray painting workshop with HSY Art, featuring the wonderful artwork they produced in Building Futures Haerospray.
We hear from someone living with Dyscalculia and their journey to overcome the barriers this presents to employment in Looking for work while walking into a closed door. In DigiGuide, Digitising Good Practice and Careerbot, Chatbot-based Career Guidance we hear from the Ballymun Job Centre on two of the Erasmus+ projects they are taking part in. In Estimating the MESL costs for families in Direct Provision we hear from the Vincentian MESL Research Centre at SVP on their work to establish a MESL for families in Direct provision; and we hear from Independent Living Movement Ireland (ILMI) on their publication Conversations About Activism and Change.
In The Equality Acts Review we discuss the report summarising the submissions the Government received on their review of Ireland’s Equality Acts. In Social Enterprises in Ireland: A Baseline Data Collection Exercise we consider the report published by the Department of Rural and Community Development and provide a breakdown of its findings. In OECD Skills Strategy Ireland we discuss their report to the Government on Ireland’s National Skills Strategy. Finally, we have Two Options to Return to Education and Training which discusses the Back to Education Initiative and Local Training Initiative.