Residents of Balseskin Reception Centre have been able to learn and develop their skills, while also volunteering those skills with each other and out in the community.
As part of the project, distribution of ‘Welcome Packs’ to all residents of Balseskin has also been implemented, providing key information for initial orientation and to point residents to the various supports available to them. The project has also included the development of individual ‘Moving On’ sheets for each Direct Provision centre, in order to provide greater information to asylum seekers prior to their arrival at a centre, thus easinganxieties around the system of dispersal and the unfamiliarity of a new town or new centre.
The project aims to provide a model for how integration and psychosocial support can be further developed for asylum seekers in Ireland.
JRS Ireland would like to acknowledge the funding received by the HSE Social Inclusion Office to deliver this initiative.