Children who grow up in Direct Provision can often find themselves socially excluded and are particularly vulnerable to the lifelong consequences of growing up in an institutionalised environment.
JRS Ireland prioritises the needs of children living in Direct Provision and delivers a range of services to improve their health, personal development and wellbeing.
For the past ten years JRS Ireland has organised a four-week summer programme of events for children resident in Dublin Direct Provision centres.
The primary aim of the JRS Summer Programme is to address the disadvantage that children in direct provision have as compared to their peers in relation to opportunities to engage in summer camps and travel, ensuring they have stories to tell their friends when they return to school from summer break.
The Summer Programme runs every July and includes trips to the beach, the zoo, the cinema, bowling and other activities.
Christmas Toy Appeal
JRS Ireland’s Annual Toy Appeal ensures children in over ten direct provision and reception centres across the country receive Christmas presents. In 2018 JRS Ireland distributed more than 1,000 presents to 600 children in Direct Provision centres across the country.
A Homework Club aimed at secondary school students residing in Knockalisheen provides one-to-one academic and social support. JRS Ireland also supports the delivery of crèche and after school services for primary school children in the centre.