We Belong
Co. Monaghan Migrant Integration Strategy
Action Plan 2020-2023
The County Monaghan Migrant Integration strategy was launched today, November 16th 2020 by Minister for Social Protection, Community and Rural Development, Heather Humphreys.

The three year strategy, commissioned by Monaghan Integrated Development and undertaken by KW Research and Associates, sets out Monaghan Local Community Development Committee’s plan to ensure the integration of all those who live in county Monaghan.

The vision for Monaghan is one that celebrates the diversity of our communities. A county where everyone who lives, works and visits are valued, respected and supported to fully participate and contribute to their communities. We aim to achieve this goal through collaboration, interagency working and promoting values of equality, dignity and inclusion.
Many of the actions will not affect you directly, you can support integration and belonging in many other simple ways. By welcoming people from diverse backgrounds into your community, your organisation, your sports club, your school, your home. By helping them to improve their English language ability where possible. By being friendly and by being ourselves, you will be making County Monaghan a better place for all.

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Jobs Club Programme - Online Training

The Jobs Club are currently running online for 4 mornings from 10am-11.30am.  A good internet connection and access to either a computer, laptop, smart phone or tablet are required to avail of this programme.

Jobs Club includes:

  • CV Preparation
  • Cover Letter Writing
  • Interview Techniques
  • Mock Interview

To find out more please contact Linda Bolger on 086-8105058 or email to

Jobs Club is free of charge and will not affect your benefits.


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Monaghan Integrated Development have created a visual map of supports and resources available across Co. Monaghan during the Covid-19 restrictions.

The map is not exhaustive and if your community group or organisation would like to be displayed please contact MID at  or 087-7189396.

For any queries relating to Covid-19 or accessing services please contact the Monaghan Community Call Helpline on 1800 804158.

Looking for work during Covid-19
  • Keep looking for work, there are still companies hiring
  • Part-time work can lead to full-time work
  • Remote working and social media are great skills to learn during this period
  • There are great online course available in all employment sectors
  • You can still network with people and employers, use social media & use your contacts, let people know you are available for work
  • If you’re in a position volunteering is a great way to support your community, adding skills and experience to your CV and connecting you with people.
If you require support with job seeking skills please contact Monaghan Local Employment Service on 047 72191

Colin Walker shares his experience of setting up in business

In times of uncertainty it can be unsettling for owners of a small business to envisage how their business will survive and grow. This is particularly relevant to the clients of Monaghan Integrated Development

However, it can also be an opportunity to think of new approaches to doing business or developing a completely new business idea

In light of this Monaghan Integrated Development asked a past client - Colin Walker to share his experience of setting up his business, the challenges he faced along his journey and how he continued to grow and diversify his business with the training and mentoring supports he availed of from MID

His story gives hope and reassurance that with the right outlook and can-do attitude a small business can overcome the challenges that these uncertain times present.

Age friendly ireland Age Friendly Ireland news updates

A new Teagasc telephone helpline to assist farmers with queries in relation to the current #COVID19 challenge has been set up.
This helpline is open to all farmers for a range of farming issues they face on a day to day basis.
Call 076 1113533 or find out more here 
Banking and Payments Federation Ireland have today launched their ‘BPFI Guide to Cocooning During Covid-19’ advising those who find themselves at home during these uncertain times, of how they can best bank from home. To access the guide, click here

Freephone services have been launched by Ireland’s five main banks to help cocooning customers make payments and carry out other banking services. Here are the banks’ numbers, which operate during normal banking hours:

AIB: 1800 207 232
Bank of Ireland: 1800 946 146
KBC Bank: 1800 804 472
Permanent TSB:  1800 218 000
Ulster Bank: 1800 656 001
 clap for carers
On Thursday the 26th March we saw hundreds of thousands of Irish people join in a national round of applause for workers who are responding to the Covid-19 pandemic. ‘Clap For Our Carers’ is now taking place on a weekly basis in the UK, every Thursday at 8pm and we are encouraging Ireland to do the same. Let’s take a moment, together as a nation, to say thank you to the health care staff who are working tirelessly to keep us all safe.
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Women’s Aid information poster for people who may be in unsafe and abusive homes during COVID-19. See poster here 
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Spinal Injures Ireland is committed to supporting all of their service users and their families during CV19. Their services are being delivered remotely by a dedicated and experienced community outreach team. They are also delivering up to date accurate information and support via phone, text and email. Their weekly emails and online resources include yoga, exercises and mindfulness delivered by service users and experienced practitioners. Their expertly trained peer support volunteers are available to provide one to one phone support for people with a spinal cord injury and their family.
If you are feeling worried, isolated or concerned or need advice you can call SII on 01 6532180 or visit their website here 
Dogs trust
Dogs trust are giving people ideas of how to keep your dog happy and healthy within the comfort of your own home if you or anyone else is unable to take them out for a walk or run at the minute!
From activities involving their favourite treats, to building doggy dens and treasure hunts, there are ample ways you can keep your dog active, without stepping outside your front door.
For more info see here
Dublin Zoo
Did you know you can now take virtual tours of Dublin Zoo on their YouTube channel. They also have live animal cams where you can catch a glimpse of the giraffes, zebras and rhinos on the African Savanna, get a birds-eye view of the penguins or watch the wondrous herd of Asian elephants bathe and chomp on their lunch. For more information see here 
Important Tips
Always have your Eircode close by in case of emergency. You can find your Eircode here
Perhaps keep a daily diary to record the people you are in contact with every day, so if you develop symptoms it will be easier to trace them
Useful Contacts
Age Friendly Ireland Shared Service Office T: 046 9097413 E:
HSE Advice Line: Callsave 1850 24 1850
Call from 8am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday
SICAP Covid Tagline


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