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 participate fully once again in society. In response JRS Ireland delivers targeted training courses to counteract the negative impacts of institutionalised living and organises a range of activities to foster integration.

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 IReland prioritises the needs of children living in Direct Provision and delivers a range of services to improve their health, personal development and wellbeing.

Flagship Projects

PATHS Project

The PATHS (Providing Asylum-seekers in Transition with Housing and Support) Project seeks to assist persons granted status/permission to remain to exit Direct Provision in a timely manner by facilitating access to appropriate accommodation options and through the provision of comprehensive integration (education, employment, psychosocial, links to the community) supports throughout the transition process and beyond.

This pilot initiative is jointly delivered by JRS Ireland and the Peter McVerry Trust (PMVT), drawing on their respective experiences and capacities in homelessness and in asylum and migration. Utilizing the housing first model which prioritises up front housing provision by PMVT, participants are then assisted through the provision of wraparound multidisciplinary supports by JRS Ireland.

The project aims to gather evidence that will inform the development of a more equitable and sustainable model of integration for all persons granted international protection/permission to remain and consequently to improve overall integration outcomes for the country as a whole.

JRS Ireland would like to acknowledge the funding it has received from the European Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) to deliver the PATHS Project. JRS Ireland would also like to acknowledge the financial support provided by the St. Stephen's Green Trust for this project.

Fáilte Project

The Fáilte Project aims to improve wellbeing and foster integration among newly arrived asylum seekers in Balseskin Reception Centre. The project promotes positive mental health through the provision of psycho-social education, information and advice and offers training opportunities to enhance wellbeing through the development of new skills.

A weekly timetable of activities, led by our community partners and JRS Ireland volunteers is offered to all residents and a dedicated resource room (Seomra Fáilte) has been installed on-site which provides a designated ‘relaxation space’. The infrastructure of Balseskin Reception Centre has also been enhanced through the creation of a tranquillity garden. Information and training workshops to improve the life-skills and capacities of residents are provided on a regular basis and there have also been a number of trips to key sites in Dublin such as museums, the beach and city centre walking tours, to help foster integration.

The collaborative nature of this project has enabled JRS Ireland to draw on the resources of local community groups, NGOs, statutory agencies and the residents themselves to deliver a diverse range of activities and supports. 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 easing anxieties 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 to deliver this initiative.