A new advice service has been launched in Derry to help people who believe they have been the victims of discrimination.
Working in partnership with the the Equality Commission, Derry’s Citizens Bureau Advice (CAB) now provides a network of qualified advisors who can identify possible cases of discrimination and provide a direct referral for free legal advice from the Commission.
The initiative has seen a number of advice workers at Derry’s CAB undergo the new Open College Network Level 4 qualification dealing specifically with discrimination cases.
Jacqueline Gallagher, Manager of Derry CAB, said: “This excellent training enables our advisors to identify cases of discrimination and, to recommend procedures for addressing instances of inequality. And also where appropriate, direct our clients to the Equality Commission.”
Along with CAB offices the network includes advisors from NIAMH (NI Association for Mental Health) and the Chinese Welfare Association.
Una Wilson of the Equality Commission said, “The Commission is proud and delighted to be part of this new initiative which we hope will further extend the reach of our services and help us to deliver effectively for all those individuals who may have suffered discrimination.”