Traveller award for Christy
CHRISTY Moorehouse from Bray was one of 16 Traveller leaders from all over Ireland to receive an award last week in Croke Park.
The Irish Traveller Movement awarded the recipients leadership status after they took park in the National Community Development and Leadership Programme.
The programme was designed to increase their leadership capacity to become more effective strategic activists.
‘I continue to broaden my education and training for the benefit of myself and my clients from the Traveller community,’ said Christy.
‘I must say that without the support of the organisations involved I don’t know where I would be today in terms of my career as I left school at 14 with little or no education.
I have a strong interest in working for my own community and I’m very proactive in the human rights of Travellers.’
The leaders, who were already active within their local Traveller organisations, accepted their FETAC level 5 award from Traveller Director of the Irish Traveller Movement Brigid Quilligan.
‘I am delighted to recognise today the hard work of these participants and it is fitting that we are doing that on UN International Human Rights day,’ she said.
‘Realising Travellers’ human rights has shaped this training programme and culminates with these inspiring Traveller leaders.
‘ This programme is vital, giving these Traveller activists further skills to achieve their potential and become the future leaders of the Movement, bring change for our people and inspire the next generation of Traveller activists to bring about a more equitable Irish society.’