Services

Services for Children

Direct Provision does not provide a normal environment for raising children and can become a defining element of a child’s identity growing up.  Often children can find themselves socially excluded and are particularly vulnerable to the lifelong consequences of growing up in the institutionalised environment of Direct Provision.  JRS prioritises the needs of children living in Direct Provision and delivers a range of services to improve their health, personal development and wellbeing.

Direct Provision does not provide a normal environment for raising children and can become a defining element of a child’s identity growing up.  Often children can find themselves socially excluded and are particularly vulnerable to the lifelong consequences of growing up in the institutionalised environment of Direct Provision.  JRS prioritises the needs of children living in Direct Provision and delivers a range of services to improve their health, personal development and wellbeing. 

Homework & Literacy Clubs

Many children of asylum seekers perform well in Irish schools but often face obstacles.  If English is not the first language of an asylum seeker or their family, extra support will initially be needed to ensure the children catch up and keep up with their classmates.  In addition, since an entire family will often share a room in Direct Provision, there is little space for children to do their homework and usually no desk to do it on. 

In response to these challenges, JRS run Homework Clubs in Clondalkin Towers to assist and support primary school children and their parents, and previously ran a club in the Hatch Hall accommodation centre in partnership with Gonzaga College SJ.

Intercultural Activities

A celebration of diversity, promotion of integration and the task of challenging racism in all its forms in Ireland can each be enhanced through the sharing of intercultural experiences and exchanges.

The JRS Ireland Summer Programme is designed to improve the health and wellbeing of children living in the Direct Provision accommodation system in Dublin, through a range of activities that offer the opportunity for play, integration and development of social skills outside an institutionalised environment.  The month long annual programme is targeted at children aged between 4 and 12 years of age but due to the nature of the activities, both the families of participating children and local communities derive significant value from the programme.  It has previously been supported by Dublin City Council, IMPACT, City of Dublin Youth Service Board and the Department of Children and Youth Affiars.   

Since 2006, the JRS Ireland Easter Egg Hunt has brought together children of the local community, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers.  Thanks to our generous donors, a large collection of chocolate Easter eggs are collected and distributed each year to children living in Direct Provision.  All remaining eggs are hidden in Mountjoy Square Park, near the JRS Dublin office, for an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday morning.   The hunt is followed by a family friendly day of games, sports and face painting. For more information, please contact us here.

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