Maria Cassidy and Mike McBride. (29 December 2022). Derry café tackling loneliness in the migrant community. BBC News NI.
The North West Migrants Forum in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, has organized the Social Connection Café. Director of programmes at the forum, Lilian Seenoi-Barr, said the café gave people from all backgrounds an opportunity to connect with others.
We wanted to tackle loneliness and isolation by providing a space where people feel welcome and at home. We wanted to create a connected Derry, where people can feel like they are home, even if they are originally from far away. -Lillian Seenoi-Barr
People who attend the café can get food, hot drinks, play board games and also have the opportunity to speak to people from different cultures and backgrounds.
The North West Migrants Forum (NWMF) is a network of individuals working together to tackle racial inequality and prejudice. Based in Derry/Londonderry, NWMF was first founded in 2012 with the fundamental goal of supporting and advising members of black and minority ethnic (BAME) communities who reside in Northern Ireland.