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 March 2015


The February prayer sheet is available to view and download here. This month the sheet considers diversity, both perceived and real, and how Christ provides an example of relating across difference, seeing the things which we all hold in common. Please use this sheet to guide your prayers.
Prayer sheets from previous months can be accessed here.


A Cultural Journey, Cookstown
1 welcome word artA Cultural Journey is a series of informal gatherings being run by EMBRACE, the Irish Churches’ Peace Project (ICPP), the Rural Community Network and Cookstown Council, Good Relations Department which explore the different cultures of people from other countries who have settled in the area. Through a variety of activities, music, story-telling and food, participants can build an understanding of cultural diversity. The events are free and open to all:

A Cultural Evening: Comparing Cultures
Date: Tuesday 3rd March
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Gortalowry House, 94 Church Street, Cookstown, BT80 8HX
Comparing Cultures provides an opportunity to explore different cultures, getting beneath the surface of difference.
Registration is not required but desirable, for more information or to book contact Emily on 078 4177 6868 or email emily@icpp.info

A Cultural Evening: Engaging Diversity
Tuesday 10th March
Time: 7pm to 9pm
Venue: Gortalowry House, 94 Church Street, Cookstown, BT80 8HX
Engaging Diversity will consider how difference can contribute positively to relationships and communities.
Registration is not required but desirable, for more information or to book contact Emily on 078 4177 6868 or email emily@icpp.info

Friday 20th March to Saturday 21st March.
Venue and further details to follow.

For more information please contact Aneta Dabek on 077313 78037 or email aneta@embraceni.org. A flier for the Cultural Evenings is available here.

Building understanding in Churches

lampost3If 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.org. A list of what EMBRACE can offer church groups is available to view here.

English Classes

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There are many opportunities to improve English language ability with classes run in most towns across Northern Ireland.  A list of classes is available here and on our English Language Classes page. If you know of any other classes which are not listed, or know of any changes to the information given, 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

Who’s Who? Who’s Here? 2015
A leaflet providing an overview of migration locally. Hard copies are available 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 Revised Spring 2015
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

Racial Equality Strategy Response

You can read the consultation response from EMBRACE to A Sense of Belonging: Delivering Social Change through a Racial Equality Strategy for Northern Ireland 2014–24 prepared by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister here.





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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


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