Stay – on Newsletter 17.06.2024

Call no: 2020 – 1

Project Index No: 2020 – 1 – 0181



Regarding our integration work, Meath Partnership are delighted to have been awarded two new projects; ‘Familiar Faces’, funded by the Community Integration Fund, will be a befriending service for International Protection Applicants who are new to Ireland.
‘Health Matters Meath’, funded by the International Protection and Integration Fund, is aimed at supporting families/individuals living in Direct Provision accommodations in County Meath to engage in health and wellbeing supports with a particular focus on parental health care. This project will utilise the bespoke training programmes developed by the European Training Department in Meath Partnership.

Meath Partnership are also thrilled to announce our new Global Citizenship Education project ‘Connecting Cultures: Sustaining our World’ funded by Irish Aid. This project aims to support both community practitioners and citizens in County Meath to engage in GCE training and deepen their understanding of the complexity attached to the prevalent issues affecting communities across the globe. In addition, this project will introduce GCE to the Irish Local Development Network comprised of area-based Local Development Companies, specifically Meath Partnership. The programme will be composed of 4 approaches: 1) GCE Training (community practitioners, Meath citizens and LDC staff) 2) Volunteer placements (GCE in action) 3) Co-Innovation Labs 4) Partnership development, and will actively engage the public online. Connecting Cultures: Sustaining our World comes after its predecessor project of the same name, which was a finalist in the prestigious Aontas Star Awards in 2024.

Derived from the StayOn project, Meath Partnership, Rezos Brands, Polish Farm Academy and (sister organisation) Quality Culture have successfully completed the You.Stand.Out project, which was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through Ireland’s National Agency for the programme, Léargas.

The main objective of this project was the strengthening of rural youths’ (particularly NEETs) key digital competencies, employability and sense of initiative. The first specific objective was to activate processes of social inclusion, increasing employability and active participation of young people supporting the promotion and development of rural areas. The second specific objective was to increase the capacity of youth associations in rural areas to trigger social change through participatory processes and active citizenship. The third specific objective was to raise awareness of young NEETs issues and their potentiality to propose feasible solutions to improve their territories. For more information about the You.Stand.Out project and its resources, please visit:

Following the success of You.Stand.Out, the aforementioned project partners are currently working on an exciting new project called Closer to Farm, which is also co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, through Ireland’s National Agency Léargas. Closer to Farm aims to empower young people in adopting environmentally friendly patterns of consumption, with a particular focus on short food supply chains initiatives. Environmental protection and the importance of adopting sustainable lifestyles is at the center of all the project’s activities, including the online training material that has been developed and the gamified tools (escape rooms and simulation games) that are currently being created. These resources aim to teach young participants about the challenges of sustainability linked to the agro-food sector, how to calculate their footprint and how to contribute to the green transition starting from healthy and sustainable food choices. For more information about the Closer to Farm project and its resources, please visit:

The majority of the StayOn consortium, led by Rezos Brands, are currently proposing an exciting new project called “M.M.A.4Women – Multi Method Approach for Women” which has been designed to provide a complete mentoring and training programme, tailored to young women, to empower them to thrive in the fields of green and digital technologies. Watch this space!

Opportunities and invitations:

  • Closer to Farm project: Open call for young people in Ireland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Croatia and Cyprus (30 per country) to test the project’s online training material between June and August.
  • Closer to Farm project: Open call for farmers in Ireland, Greece, Italy, Poland, Croatia and Cyprus (8 per country) to take part in a focus group to help create short food supply chain simulation games between June and July.
  • You.Stand.Out: Project resources available for young people and youth workers, please visit:

Partner inspiration:
“We learn of great things by little experiences” – Bram Stoker (Irish Author)