Event Date: 12th June 2017.
The Centre for Cross Border Studies, as a member of the North-South Social Innovation Network Steering Committee, was involved in the organisation of a half-day workshop taking place today, the 12th of June, and dedicated to the sharing of skills and experiences in the areas of Social Enterprise and Social Innovation by the Justice agencies, including the Irish Prison Service and the Northern Ireland Prison Service. Kindly hosted by the Irish Prison Service in Loughan House Open Centre, the workshop contributed to the process of cross-border and cross-sectoral collaboration that the North South Social Innovation Network is supporting. It was aimed at practitioners in the justice system, North and South, voluntary and community sector organisations involved in criminal justice as well as other statutory community, voluntary and academic representatives.
Chair of the North-South Social Innovation Network Steering Committee and Centre for Cross Border Studies Board Member, Michael Curran opened today’s workshop, stating that the North-South Social Innovation Network was ‘leading by example’ in matters of Cross Border Cooperation. Some of those giving presentations at the event included Siobhan Cafferty – Social Enterprise Project Manager, Celcila Whitehorn – Director of Social Economy Futures, Paul Smith , Head of Regimes and Activities in HMP Maghaberry, Eddie Mullins – Governor Loughan House and Jordana Corrigan, Office of Civic Engagement, Dublin City University. Nevan Maguire, celebrity chef and restaurant owner, also guest spoke at today’s workshop and he highlighted his own positive experiences in having inmates from Loughan House working in his restaurant in Blacklion. A lively question and answer session followed the presentations before CCBS Deputy Director Anthony Soares made the concluding remarks on today’s workshop. Deputy Direct Soares again stressed the importance of Cross Border cooperation and highlighted the example being set by Probation services on the island of Ireland.
The presentations from today’s event as well as the agenda & speaker’s profiles are available in full below.