The Open Doors Initiative is delighted to announce that we have received funding as part of the Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission’s (IHREC) Human Rights and Equality Grant: 2023-2024. 

Through this grant, ODI will produce a toolkit which will educate and support employers in hiring candidates with a criminal history. This toolkit will be informed by research and the lived experience of those who will be positively impacted by this resource. Awareness training will be developed and delivered so as to dispel any myths and lay out how employers can remove barriers within their recruitment processes while understanding the benefits of hiring from this talent pool. 

This toolkit will be informed by the “Working with a Conviction” research, which is being carried out by Maynooth University and in partnership with IPRT and IHREC. 

We were delighted to be one of 30 organisations who were selected for this funding stream. A full list of all grantees from the 2023-2024 can be found on the IHREC website here

We look forward to working with all partners on this important project and supporting in the creation of equitable opportunities for all.

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