Mayo Intercultural Action (MIA), a Mayo-based migrant representative and advocacy group, was set up in 2004 as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), with a voluntary management committee.  

MIA was established as a response to a rapid increase in the number of immigrants arriving in County Mayo and aimed to promote the positive effects of interculturalism in Irish society, supporting migrants to live well in Mayo and to raise awareness of the issues affecting ethnic minorities in Ireland, including racism. 

In 2016, MIA integrated into South West Mayo Development Company, and Mayo Intercultural Action became a trading name of the company, as well as an umbrella term for SWMDC’s dedicated work with migrants.  Mayo Intercultural Action’s core programme is Welcoming & Including New Communities (WIN) Mayo. 

 

For MIA updates and information please see: https://www.facebook.com/MayoInterculturalAction/  

Welcoming and Including New Communities (WIN) aims to enable asylum seekers, refugees, and vulnerable Third Country Nationals (TCNs) in County Mayo to access high-quality information, advocacy, activities, supports and services appropriate to their legal status. 

A second aim is to build the capacity of front-line services to respond to the needs of the target group in a culturally competent way. 

WIN Mayo started in December 2019 and will run until September 2022. This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) and supported by the Government of Ireland. It is co-funded locally by Mayo County Council, Tusla, Health Service Executive (West) and St Stephen's Green Trust. 

WIN provides the following supports: 

  • Support to people living in direct provision in Ballyhaunis 
  • Support to vulnerable non-EU migrants living in County Mayo 
  • Resettlement, translation and integration supports  

 

Services can be accessed in our Castlebar office or in one of our outreach points in County Mayo.

SWMDC implements WIN across County Mayo. 

For more information please contact: 

Abdelhalim Boucha Intercultural Worker/Translator abouacha@southmayo.com 087-134 7919
Patricia Quinn Outreach and Training Officer  pquinn@southmayo.com 087 096 6560     
Natalya Pestova Direct Provision Support Worker    npestova@southmayo.com 086 040 6134     
Rachel Rose Resettlement Support Worker rrose@southmayo.com 087 231 3270
 

Who is eligible for WIN supports?

Migrants, asylum seekers and Third Country Nationals living and working in County Mayo.