Council’s Health and Safety partnership initiative for local Chinese community.
16 June 2015
Derry City and Strabane District Council is delighted to have worked in partnership with Sai Pak NW Chinese Community and local Chinese Business owners to deliver two recent Health and Safety seminars in Derry and Strabane.
The seminars, jointly organised by council’s Environmental Health and Good Relations team, were part of a continued ‘Art of Communication’ initiative to ensure councils Environmental Health service provision is communicated effectively to all communities, overcoming any language or cultural barriers.
Endorsing the initiative, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Elisha McCallion said: “This is a great opportunity for Chinese business owners to obtain valuable business information, meet council officers and have any health and safety related questions answered clearly. It is vital that all council services are accessible to all of our local residents so this is a valuable initiative by council’s Environmental Health and Good Relations team.”
She said key to the successful delivery of the project was support from the local Sai Pak organisation who provided translation, interpretation services and personalised contact with relevant members of the local Chinese Community in the Derry~Londonderry, Strabane and the wider Council area.
The programme focused on important safety issues for the catering sector such as gas safety, fire safety, risk assessment and maintenance of extraction ventilation. Two seminars, one the Guildhall on 15th June and another in Strabane on 22nd June, had translation and interpretation in Mandarin and Cantonese. It also included fire safety information from the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service and business assistance information from council’s Economic Development Officers. Council’s Good Relations team were delighted to provide assistance in the organisation and delivery of the initiative and funding through the council’s Good Relations Strategy.
Nikki Yau from Sai Pak (NW Chinese Welfare Association) commented “We are delighted with the help of Eamon Toner for arranging for the two seminars and we would also like to thank the Council's Good Relations team for organising and funding the project. The seminar gives valuable insight and information for Chinese community business people in Derry and Strabane.”
“Council’s have a duty to promote Good Relations between people of different political opinion, religion and race” added Sue Divin, Community Relations Officer “So it is vital that in the day-to-day service provision council offers that we develop effective ways to communicate with all our local residents so that language or cultural barriers are overcome.”
The initiative was funded under the District Councils Good Relations Programme (with support from OFMDFM).