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. 


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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 June 2023. 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 various locations in Mayo
  • Support to vulnerable non-EU migrants living in County Mayo 
  • Support to Ukrainian Temporary Protection Holders


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: 

Olexsandra SikachUkrainian Refugee Intercultural Support Workerosikach@southmayo.com086 127 9535
Patricia Quinn Outreach and Training Officer 087 096 6560     
Natalya Pestova Direct Provision Support Worker 086 040 6134     
Mikhail KolchanovUkrainian Refugee Intercultural Support Worker 086 128 5214
Oleksandra SikachUkrainian Refugee Intercultural Support 086 127 9535
Galyna MarusychUkrainian Refugee Intercultural Support Workergalynamarusych@southmayo.com086 152 66 88
Helen MykhailykUkrainian Refugee Intercultural Support Workerhelenmykhailyk@southmayo.com086 152 6685

Who is eligible for WIN supports?

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

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