The Karen Befriending Groups

Wed 30th November -1 12:00 am

The Karen Befriending Group was set up in 2007 to support the Karen community and help integrate the Karen family in Castlebar.

This group meets monthly in Le Cheile Family resource centre in Castlebar and is made up of members from the Karen community and Castlebar volunteers. Working together the group organizes activities, events, provides support for the Karen families, but most importantly friendships have been built and a sharing of culture, experience and knowledge on both sides. New members are always welcome.


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Karen Dance

Recent Events:

The group regularly organizes events with the Karen community and get involved in activities in Castlebar by sharing common interests.

A number of recent events this autumn/winter have been;

Bowling with the Karen adults and teenagers, deep sea fishing, climbing Croagh Patrick, visit to the cinema, Intercultural soccer with the FAI,


A drumming group meets twice a month. The Karen member’s share their love of music with other members in the drumming group. We have a mixture of different nationalities involved.befriending group

(Drumming Christmas party 09)


Members of the Karen community also regularly attend activities held in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre.

Up Coming Events:

The befriending group is organizing a number of projects,

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(Conversation English Classes)

Conversation English classes held every Tuesday from 7 to 9pm in Le Cheile FRC Tucker Street, Castlebar

The classes are student-centered and delivered in a way that is welcoming, inclusive and practical in nature. Each week a topic is chosen for discussion, from everyday situations such as “visiting the Doctor” or “shopping” to more complex, practical lessons based on “form filling”, or debating topical issues, for example. English language students of all levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. We currently have 30 students including members of the Karen community, polish, Chinese and Venezuelan community. We also have 15 volunteers who give there time to teach classes every week our tutor student ratio is approximately1:3

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(Conversation English Classes)

For more details contact Mairead on 087 4100565 or leave your number in Le Cheile Family Resource Centre, Tucker Street, Castlebar. Classes will run every Tuesday at 7pm.


Big brother Big Sister program in Castlebar are looking for volunteers to work with the Karen children – anyone interested contact Peter at Big Brother, Big Sister offices in The Mall, Castlebar - Tel: 094 9060417

We would love to hear from anyone interested in getting involved as new members are always welcome.

If you have a skill to share or would love to come along to one of our events contact Mairead at 0874100565 for more details

Another was set up in Ballina to support the community in that area. If you would like to contact the Ballina Befriending Group call Nick Groom on 096 72837




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