Multi-Cultural Event held at Antrim Area Hospital

Northern Ireland has an increasing number of people from different cultures and faiths now living here. The Northern Health and Social Care Trust is committed to ensuring that members of these faiths and cultures who live in the Trust area receive the best services possible.

To celebrate Community Relations week the Northern Trust held a multi-cultural event in the restaurant at Antrim Area Hospital.

Supported by Ballymena Inter-Ethnic Forum and Antrim Borough Council the aim of the event was to increase staff awareness of the cultural needs of minority ethnic communities receiving hospital care.

Participants included representatives from the African and Caribbean, Chinese, Polish, Muslim, Jehovah’s Witness and Roma Communities. The regional Health and Social Care Interpreting Services also provided information and advice for staff.

The restaurant’s menu on the day also reflected the multi-cultural theme and included traditional food from some of the countries represented.

Sandra Pollock, Equality Support Officer for the Northern Trust commented: “We are committed to promoting Good Relations and were delighted that so many organisations took part in this event. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their support in making this event possible.”

This is just one event in the Trust calendar where we celebrate diversity of those accessing our services and those who work in the Trust. This event helps to increase understanding, break down barriers and ensure the Trust and its services are welcoming for all.

Pictured:  Regional HSC Interpreting Services staff/African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) representatives/NI Organ Donation Services representative/Jehovah’s Witnesses representative.

Equality Unit staff/Roma Community Representative/Muslim Community Representative/Chinese Welfare Association representative

18th July 2014

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