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.


LATEST October 2014


The October prayer sheet is available to view and download here. This month the sheet reflects on how changes to legislation make it increasingly difficult for some migrant people to access statutory support. This can result in migrants becoming destitute and puts more pressure on charities providing support. Please use this resource to inform your prayers. Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.


A Cultural Journey – Lurgan
1 welcome word artDate: Wednesday, 15th October
Time: 7pm – 9.30pm
Venue: YMCA, 4 Carnegie Street, Lurgan, BT66 8AS

Cost: Free
Details: A Cultural Journey is a series of informal gatherings run by EMBRACE and the Irish Churches’ Peace Project. Through a number of events and activities locals and new residents have the opportunity to explore, experience and understand the various cultures in the area. There will be music, a table quiz, stories and food from around the world. For more information contact Yvonne on 0784 177 6869 or email yvonne@icpp.info  or Aneta at 0773 137 8037 /email aneta@embraceni.org. To register visit www.icpp.info/registration or call 028 9266 0069.

A Cultural Morning - north Belfast
1 welcome word artDate: Saturday, 18th October
Time: 10.30am – 1pm (registration from 10am)
Venue: 174 Trust, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP

Cost: Free 
Details: EMBRACE and the Irish Churches Peace Project invite you to participate in a journey in understanding and benefiting from cultural diversity. A Cultural Morning is the first in a series of informal gatherings for locals and new residents in north Belfast which will explore different cultures of people living locally. Through activities, music, stories and food participants can build an understanding of cultural diversity. For more information contact Eamonn at 0784 191 9798 / email eamonn@icpp.info  or Aneta at 0773 137 8037 /email aneta@embraceni.org . To register visit www.icpp.info/registration or call 028 9266 0069.

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 aneta@embraceni.orgA list of what EMBRACE can offer church groups is available to view here.

English Classes

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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  aneta@embraceni.org.

For EMBRACE resources to support learning English see our toolkit.

New Resources

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.
Embracing Diversity
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.


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.

Information Sheets

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 Spring 2013
Responding to Racism Revised Summer 2014
Roma People Revised February 2014
The Polish Community Summer 2013
Opinions on Immigration in Northern Ireland Winter 2013



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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’

Matthew 25:35


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.

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