Monthly Archives: August 2011

Adie Bird Talk

On the 17th of February 2011 a guest speaker was booked to give a speech on how the troubles affected the social and economic change of Northern Ireland. The venue was the Laganview Enterprise centre in Old Warren Estate. The reason for the talks was so that youth groups from the Hillhall, Hilden, Half town, Old Warren areas could get an insight into the troubles and the effect it had on the families and individuals involved. The guest speaker was a Mr Adrian Bird, manager of the Lisburn Prisoners Support Project. He spoke candidly about his personal experiences during the troubles and how it affected his family and friends. He then concluded by highlighting the importance of the peace process and the opportunities that await the youths now that the peace process is in place. The youths appreciated the time and experiences Mr Bird shared with them and thanked him for doing so in their company.

Asha Talk

On the 10th march 2011 a member of the welcome project, Joanna Jazymska came to the Laganview enterprise centre to conclude the series of talks which had been held over the 4 weeks. Joanna started her presentation with a power point display highlighting where exactly in Poland she came from. Joanna then showed examples of the national flag of Poland before talking about why she moved to the U.K. The schooling system is different in Poland with the children starting primary school at the age of 7 and it is co-located with the high school. When Joanna was 19 she left for Northern Ireland to seek education due to not being able to afford it in Poland. Soon after arriving in Northern Ireland she gained employment for Industrial Temps, which led to her finding out about the vacancy for the welcome project, she has been in Northern Ireland for 5 years and has settled with a boyfriend and revealed that although she misses her family and friends she looks upon Northern Ireland as her home.

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