Services

Services for Adults

Many people seeking asylum have experienced significant trauma in their country of origin and endured a hazardous flight from their home.  Unfortunately, life in Direct Provision and the significant daily constraints faced by adult asylum seekers in Ireland can inhibit their ability to rebuild their lives, regain their confidence and particulate fully once again in society. In response JRS delivers targeted training courses and organises activities to foster integration.

Many people seeking asylum have experienced significant trauma in their country of origin and endured a hazardous flight from their home.  Unfortunately, life in Direct Provision and the significant daily constraints faced by adult asylum seekers in Ireland can inhibit their ability to rebuild their lives, regain their confidence and particulate fully once again in society. In response JRS delivers targeted training courses and organises activities to foster integration.

Asylum Seeker Support

Education is a core activity in most regions and countries where JRS is present.  In Ireland, JRS has a particular focus on language support and facilitates one to one peer tutoring in English language for asylum seekers, refugees and migrants.   The ability to communicate is essential for integration in any society and allows asylum seekers to assert their rights, speak to their needs and fully engage with the local community. 

In partnership with Belvedere College SJ and Clongowes Wood College SJ, free English languages classes are provided in Dublin and to the residents of Eyre Powell and Montague Direct Provision accommodation centres in Newbridge and Portlaoise. 

Maximising the human development of asylum seekers and their ability to participate long term in society is another key tenet of JRS’s service provision. JRS organises short programmes and training courses aimed at restoring the confidence of asylum seekers, alleviating the boredom inherent in Direct Provision accommodation and tackling the isolation often experienced by adult asylum seekers.  A balance is struck between introductory courses, that recently arrived and often vulnerable asylum seekers will be comfortable attending, and more targeted training which will enhance the capacity of asylum seekers to cope with life outside of Direct Provision.

Recent programmes have included jewellery making, IT literacy, apparel alterations and stress management. 

JRS also provides advice and some limited financial support to asylum seekers accessing third level and further education courses.

Integration

Integration begins from the moment an asylum seeker, refugee or migrant arrives in Ireland. It is a two-way process that helps create an environment of respect for diversity and equality.  The ultimate benefit is the active participation of all residents of Ireland in society, irrespective of cultural or religious background, age, gender or nationality.  JRS contributes to integration efforts through sporting activities, intercultural events and its Integration Support Group (ISG).

The ISG is designed to help migrants learn about Irish culture and engage with the local community. Joint activities are planned and introduce participants to local amenities and public services and supplement formal language provision by providing informal social opportunities to practice English.  Asylum seekers, refugees, migrants and the local Irish community share the experience of exploring history, literature and Irish culture together. 

Sport is also a great unifier and plays an invaluable role in the breaking down of barriers and the promotion of integration.  In both Limerick and Dublin, JRS links asylum seekers with intercultural sports events and organises regular sporting activities for residents in Direct Provision.

For more information, please contact us here.

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