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Autumn Seminar: Rural Out Loud
05/11/2022 - 12/11/2022
Macra na Feirme is a voluntary organisation representing a thriving community of 10,000 young
people from rural Ireland. We advocate for, nurture and develop our members aged between 17 and
35 in a fun, inclusive and supportive environment.
We are delighted to finally be able to invite young people from all Rural Youth Europe Member Organisations to enjoy and explore the beauty of Ireland.
The 2022 Autumn Seminar focuses on the rights of LGBT members of our communities and creating safe spaces within our organisations and communities. We are very much looking forward to some interesting discussions on this topic, intercultural exchange and fun.
Aims & Objectives
➢ Build knowledge of LGBTI+ inclusion in rural communities and youth organisations
➢ Build skills to facilitate respectful dialogue on LGBTI+ inclusion
➢ Build capacity to reach out to LGBTI+ young people in rural communities
✓ You will meet many new people from all over Europe and find many new friends
✓ You will get a deeper understanding of LGBT+ issues impacting rural young people
✓ You will gain new competences
✓ You will have a great time
The working methods will include interactive workshops, a of study visit and a living library which will explore different aspects of the theme. Sessions are based on non-formal education and will provide opportunities for participants to develop their skills and knowledge, as well as to share their experiences.
✓ Be aged 18 – 30 years
✓ Be active within their own youth organisation
✓ Be willing to work on the topic of LGBT+ Rights
✓ Be able to communicate in English
✓ Collect all original tickets, proof of payments and boarding passes and submit to the Prep team or RYEurope in a timely manner
Register your full team via your National Organisation
Deadline for the Registration is 16th September 2022.
All registered participants will receive a participant’s information package with more details about the week, links and contacts shortly after the deadline.
Each organisation is responsible for booking tickets for their Autumn Seminar participants. Before purchasing the tickets, please contact Rural Youth Europe to check your travel plans. All travel invoices and schedules must be sent to the office e-mail address by 30th September 2022.
Please consider environment friendly options when arranging your travel. Please see the next page for the address of the venue.
For teams travelling to Ireland by plane, we advise flights to Dublin Airport. Note that cheaper flights to other airports may create more expensive local transport.
We will support with transport arrangements/transfers for participants from the Airport to the venue.
For travel by train head to Dublin Connolly Station and take the train to Drogheda Station. The local team will arrange for transport to the venue from the station. For ticket details visit https://www.irishrail.ie/en-ie/
For bus, from Dublin City Centre take the 101X heading “Drogheda”. Get off this bus at Newfoundwell Road opposite St. Josephs Secondary school. The local team will pick up the participants at the stop. The easiest way to book bus transport in Ireland is this webpage: https://www.buseireann.ie
For teams travelling by car, there is plenty of parking space at the venue.
Arrival: We ask that all participants arrive at the venue between 1pm and 5pm on Saturday 5th November 2022.
Departure: Please consider planning the return journey, starting from the venue, on Saturday 12th November 2022, no later than 12pm.
Local Prep Team:
+44 77 474 06539
Rural Youth Europe
00520 Helsinki, Finland
General Rules are:
➢ Participants must attend the whole Autumn Seminar program and be on time for workshops.
➢ Smoking is allowed only in specially marked areas.
➢ Participants shall be inclusive and participate in the whole program.
➢ General communication language should be English so that everyone can understand everything.
Please read and understand the official Behaviour Guidelines made by Rural Youth Europe Member Organisations at the General Assembly.
Due to uncertainties regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, all participants need to follow the official Irish regulations that are in place during the event. Participants should inform themselves of all regulations in place in their home country, in Ireland, and while travelling, prior to the event. They can contact the RYEurope Office if they face difficulties. Most Information can be found here: https://www2.hse.ie/conditions/covid19/. We will try to summarise possible expected restrictions in the participant’s information package and keep the participants updated before the event.
Participants are asked to investigate at least 3 problems faced by the LGBT+ community in their home country and give examples of best practice or organisations that help solve these problems. Participants can investigate their local communities, home organisations, employer, local companies etc. It would be great to have examples from daily life & work in rural communities.
More information on preparation required before the event will be included in the participant’s information package which will be circulated closer to the event.
Participants are required to have insurance that covers travel (including luggage), third party liability, health, accidents and COVID-19. All participants should also bring a European Health Insurance Card.
What to bring?
✓ Comfortable clothing (allowing for the unpredictable Irish weather)
✓ A flag from your country
✓ Personal hygiene items including soap, towels, shower gel etc.
✓ Medicine and other personal items
✓ Food and drinks from home country for the International Buffet. No cooking facilities will be available – please be mindful that we do not want a lot of food waste
✓ 1 Laptop per team
More details will be provided in the participant’s information package sent to each team member
If you have any further questions please contact Rural Youth Europe at firstname.lastname@example.org