PFC welcomes new Advocacy Support Worker to the team
Micheál Smith joins newly opened Belfast office | 26 July 2017
The Pat Finucane Centre is pleased to welcome Micheál Smith to our casework team. Micheál joins us as an Advocacy Support Worker, and will provide support, advocacy and advice to victims and survivors of the conflict.
Micheál worked for fourteen years as a diplomatic officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin. For most of his career there, he had a particular focus on community relations across the island of Ireland, working on the DFA’s Reconciliation Fund, and at the DFA’s offices at the Secretariat in Belfast. In 2014, Micheál embarked upon a distinct career change – training and volunteering as a mental health advocate with NIAMH (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) and then working as a Disability Advocate with Action Ability Belfast at the Upper Springfield Development Trust.
Micheál has a Master’s degree in Psychology and broad experience in diplomacy. Micheál says:
“The reason I chose to work in Advocacy is because it has the capacity to redress the power imbalance for people in relation to the powerful institutions surrounding them. I am delighted to be working with the Pat Finucane Centre towards this goal”.
Micheál will be based in the Belfast office three days a week, and the Armagh office two-days a week. The Belfast office address is:
PFC, 2nd Floor, Community House, City Link Business Park, 6A Albert Street, Belfast.
Micheál can be contacted by emailing: Micheal@patfinucanecentre.org
This post has been supported by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.