Council review to promote integration within Fermanagh & Omagh

Published: 1st April 2016

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has launched a report into the issues facing Black, Minority Ethnic and Travelling (BMET) communities living within the district.

The ‘Review of Council Interaction with Black, Minority Ethnic and Travelling communities in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council district’ provides an overview of key statistics and services available to BMET communities within the district. It also includes a summary of priorities for BMET communities identified through a consultation exercise.

It is anticipated the review will act as a useful planning tool for the Council and other agencies by helping to identify the needs of BMET communities.

Launching the report, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh Health and Social Care Group, Councillor Stephen McCann, said:

“Changes in the make-up of the population, certainly over the past ten years, have helped sustain local businesses and driven demand for local services. However, there is no doubt that the Black, Minority Ethnic and Traveller communities face tremendous challenges and this report addresses the difficulties which they face on a regular basis.

This review aims to feed into the development of the new Community Plan, the Corporate Plan, the Community Development Strategy and all other plans developed in the local area in terms of the needs of the Black, Minority Ethnic and Travelling Communities. This will greatly aid Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and other agencies to engage with, plan for and deliver services to communities more effectively, inclusively and efficiently.”

An action plan listing proposed actions to be undertaken by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in conjunction with a number of agencies to promote integration within the district is also contained within the report. The action plan is currently being implemented.

The  ‘Review of Council Interaction with Black, Minority Ethnic and Travelling communities in the Fermanagh and Omagh Council district’ is available to download from the Council’s website or by telephoning the Community Services team on 0300 303 1777.

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