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Children First : A Global Perspective on Volunteering In Orphanages and Transforming Care.

This report was produced by Comhlámh and the Volunteering and Orphanages Working Group (OWG ) The OWG was set up in 2016 by Comhlámh and a number of Volunteer Sending Agencies party to Comhlámh’s Code of Good Practice who were concerned at the adverse effects of institutional care on children and the particularly harmful impact […]

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Cracking Video from Access to Medicines on Price Transparency.

Stand up for making medicines accessible & affordable! @AccessToMedsIRL & @MSF_Ireland are calling on @LeoVaradkar to support the #TransparencyResolution at #WHA72 which will help countries get a fairer deal for patients & health systems RT & help put #LivesOverProfit Share it out with the links below

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Comhlámh AGM Thursday, 23rd May 2019

Comhlámh AGM Thursday 23rd May 2019 Carmelite Community Centre, Whitefriar Street, Dublin 6pm – registration and refreshments (sandwiches and tea/coffee) 6.30pm-8.30pm – Meeting Are you a returned development worker or volunteer who has spent time in the Global South?  Are you interested in global justice issues, and in linking the local and the global dimensions […]

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Community Sponsorship Ireland programme: A callout from Cork

Last week Comhlámh had a great meeting with the Red Cross about the new Community Based Refugee Sponsorship Programmes and Comhlámh’s new European project supporting returned international volunteers and newly arrived migrants to work towards social justice Comhlámh has always been about solidarity. Here is a great opportunity for people in Cork to get involved […]

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‘Meet – Play – Move: One woman’s take on the UCDVO/Comhlamh Skills in Development Education course’

Finding just and compassionate solutions: Comhlámh’s Skills in Development Education course 2019 As a lifelong local community volunteer who, on a regular basis, facilitates groups as part of the ‘day’ job, I was delighted to be offered a place on the Spring 2019 UCDVO   Skills in Development Education Course.  I looked forward to the programme, […]

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Ask The Candidates! #EUelections2019

The upcoming European and Local elections on Friday, May 24th are an important one. People will be canvassing for your votes, and so we have pulled together some key questions around particular themes that our members have been working on.  These cover areas of human rights and anti-racism; international trade deals and Palestinian solidarity along […]

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Trade Unionism & Working for Development #FirstWeds

To mark Mayday 2019, this month #FirstWeds will explore some of the themes and issues of trade unionism and working in the local and global community and development sectors. From a global perspective, we can clearly see those trade unionists, and others involved in collective struggles against inequality and injustices, are specifically targeted because of […]

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The Comhlámh Coming Home Weekend – ‘Sustaining Our Work’

‘Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.’ Audre Lorde Comhlámh is delighted to announce that our next Coming Home Weekend will take place in Django Hostel in Cloughjordan eco-village on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June. This two-day residential retreat will give you time to […]

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Cultivate’s new Elements of Change Festival

Unveiling Cultivate’s new Elements of Change Festival, June 29th: “Celebrating what a ‘sustainable community’ is and exploring what actually sustains community. Many movements are calling for change – let’s come together to rethink what these diverse elements of change can look like. From scheduled workshops to Open Space, from walks and talks to collaboratively walking our talk and […]

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Dr Ciara Conlon: Access to Medicines Podcast

Last weekend, Ciara Conlon from Access to Medicines appeared on The Echo Chamber Podcast ahead of the Access to Medicines conference this month. You can listen in full below. Irish patients have access to fewer new medicines than those in other EU countries and have to wait longer to get them. Some of the issues […]

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Volunteering and the SDGs

Mark Cumming, the Head of Comhlámh reflects on deliberations at our event looking at Volunteering and the SDGs. We were delighted to host UNV in Dublin on 12th March last. There was an excellent line up in the room with representatives from the United Nations Volunteer programme along with Volunteer Ireland. Participants straddled those involved […]

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Conversations with volunteers: Eilís McDonald

Continuing our series of interviews with development workers and volunteers, retired teacher and long term volunteer Eilís McDonald writes for us below reflecting on her many years volunteering experiences in Malawi, Uganda and Kenya. ” Things do go wrong sometimes.  Mostly something that seems perfectly ok on paper, doesn’t translate the way we expect.  This […]