An Ireland where minority ethnic communities and individuals enjoy a quality
of life determined on the basis of equal opportunity and full
realisation of their rights.
Cairde is a non-government organisation working to reduce health
inequalities amongst ethnic minorities. Cáirde is committed to
supporting the participation of communities to enhance their
Cairde aims to tackle minority ethnic health inequality by initiating
programmes and actions which model community development approaches
to tackling health inequality and which address the wider factors
that influence health at the community level, factors including;
Accommodation; Education & Training; Employment; Childcare;
Financial Security; Residency Status; Racism and Discrimination
and other Asylum/ Immigration Issues. These actions are described
on the leaflets enclosed.
Cairde acts to articulate its activities at community level into
the policy system through a coherent programme of research and
Aims and Objectives
Cairdes aim is to tackle health inequality experienced by minority
ethnic communities and individuals by working through community
development to build the capacity of minority ethnic communities
and individuals to realise their rights by engaging directly
with and influencing the policy system.
Cairde aims to develop an understanding at community level that health inequality is a direct consequence of wider societal inequalities.
- To build the capacity of minority ethnic community organisations to identify
their own needs and develop an awareness of the policy context within which
services are planned and delivered;
- To build the capacity of minority ethnic groups to act collectively in
identifying the health and wellbeing concerns of their communities and
engaging with statutory service providers and planners so that genuine
processes of consultation and participation are initiated between ethnic
minorities and the policy system;
- To target at risk or disadvantaged minority ethnic groups and provide
tailored supports to build their capacity i.e women, people living with
HIV, Roma etc.;
- To advocate on behalf of individuals with statutory and other service
- To provide information and other resources to community groups and individuals
and/or groups working with ethnic minorities.