This site supports the work of EMBRACE in building a welcoming community by providing background information, details of EVENTS and ideas for response. Please browse through the pages and if you require further information, CONTACT US.
Share Christmas greetings in other languages with an EMBRACE multi-lingual Happy Christmas poster. Copies of the A3 poster are available free on request from our office.
A powerpoint slide is also available to download here.
The December prayer sheet is available to view and download here. At Christmas the sheet looks at the festive traditions of Polish people and encourages engagement with, and prayer for people who are far from family at this time of year. Please use this resource to inform your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.
Building understanding in Churches
If your church is interested in learning more about migrant people and ways in which the local church can build relationships, EMBRACE can offer talks, workshops and migration awareness training. Please contact EMBRACE Development Worker, Aneta Dabek for more information on 077313 78037 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. A list of what EMBRACE can offer church groups is available to view here.
English language classes offered in greater Belfast, Bangor and Newry are listed on our English Language Classes page. If you know of any other classes which are not listed please send the details to Aneta email@example.com.
For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.
For all EMBRACE NI resources visit our resources page
Building A Welcoming Community
EMBRACE Newsletter 29
The Autumn Newsletter is available to download here and in hard copy on request from our office.
EMBRACE Information Update 2014
The 2014 edition of Information Update, Embracing Diversity, is available to view and download here. Hard copies are available on request from our office.
EMBRACE Hear My Voice DVD
The new EMBRACE Hear My Voice DVD was launched on 16th January as part of the Belfast 4 Corners Festival, in an evening of story-telling at Clonard Monastery. The DVD is a collection of personal reflections of migrant people and people seeking asylum as they settle in Northern Ireland, and includes some of the challenges and some thoughts about what the local church has done to help. The DVD can be viewed here, or a hard disc copy is available free on request from our office.
EMBRACE has prepared a series of information sheets on aspects of migration
Opening our Eyes to the Reality of Human Trafficking
Migration and Us Revised Spring 2013
Refugee Issues Revised Autumn 2014
Responding to Racism Revised Summer 2014
Roma People Revised February 2014
The Polish Community Summer 2013
Attitudes Towards People of African Descent Autumn 2014
Opinions on Immigration in Northern Ireland Winter 2013
I was a stranger…
Northern Ireland is becoming richer in its diversity of culture and ethnicity as it becomes home to an increasing number of people from other countries. Some come seeking asylum, others to fill job vacancies or to study in our universities and colleges. There are also people from minority ethnic backgrounds who have always lived here. The needs of each are as individual as the experiences each person brings, but common to all is the desire to be safe and to know the acceptance of the local community.
and you made me welcome
EMBRACE seeks to equip the church to fulfil its call to welcome our new neighbours, by providing information, training, materials and channels for practical help. In doing this we seek to build a community which welcomes and respects diversity. See About Us for a fuller description of our activities.
On this site you will find information relating to the situation for people seeking asylum, refugees, migrant workers and people from resident minority ethnic backgrounds within Northern Ireland. There are also links to related sites. Please use our Contact Us link for further information or to comment on this site.
‘I was a stranger and you made me welcome’
We have taken reasonable measures to check the accuracy of the information on this site and trust that it is useful. However, it is intended as a general summary of information and should not take the place of written law or regulations.
The inclusion of links to organisations in any section is not an endorsement of these groups. We cannot take responsibility for information contained on other websites.