Conference on family status

The Kilkenny Integration Forum will host a conference on Family and Civil Status tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am to 4.30pm in the Ormonde Hotel.

The Kilkenny Integration Forum will host a conference on Family and Civil Status tomorrow (Thursday) from 10am to 4.30pm in the Ormonde Hotel.

The aim of the conference is to increase awareness on family and civil status with the hope to start a debate on these topics, to influence policies and also to provide a platform for support groups, service users and advocacy groups to interact and engage with one another.

John McHugh from Carlow St Patrick’s College will chair the conference. The conference has been made possible through funding from the Equality Authority, which will be represented by one of the speakers, Carol C. Baxter, head of development at the Equality Authority. Other speakers are Ali Dennehy, director of protection and training at the Integration Centre, and Gill Leo, branch director of Carlow/Kilkenny Samaritans.

The conference will be divided into two sessions. In the morning there will be specialist speakers on family and civil status from a legal and general societal perspective, followed by questions and answers. The afternoon will consist of group workshops.

The conference will also have information stands from local community groups, organisations and statutory bodies.

All are welcome. A light lunch will be provided for registered participants.

To register, see http://conference-on-family-and-civil-status.evenium.net/ or contact Mariusz Loszakiewicz at kilkennyintegrationforum@gmail.com or 087 293 1153.