Supporting the Irish Refugee Protection Programme (IRPP)
Conflicts in Syria and Iraq have led to what has been described as the worst humanitarian crisis of our time, with more than 11 million people having been displaced or killed.When families arrive in Ireland, they are initially accommodated in Emergency Reception and Orientation Centres (EROCs) were they participate in a language and orientation programme organised by the Department of Justice and Equality, before being resettled into receiving counties.
Respond Support is currently the lead partner in supporting the resettlement of the UNHCR Programme Refugees in Counties Waterford, Kilkenny and Longford.
As one of the largest national community service providers in Ireland Respond Support, works to promote social inclusion, integration and self-sufficiency. We work closely with individuals and
families, and the communities into which they have recently arrived, to assist them in their transition and resettlement. Working with individuals, families and communities, Respond Support works to ensure that our communities provide a welcoming safe haven for families and children who have been forced to leave their homes due to war or conflict.
Partnering with Local Authorities, statutory & voluntary bodies, and the Dept. of Justice and Equality, we provide a range of Integration measures including:
- English language training
- Community socialisation programmes
Dedicated Resettlement Support Workers and Intercultural Workers have been appointed to act as the central point of contact for both statutory and non-statutory agencies and the families. The role of Resettlement Support Workers is to provide support to ensure that all individuals and families feel able to participate in community life through accessing local services, and to support and empower families to live independently.
For further information on our Refugee Resettlement services please contact: National Manager of Specialist Services- David Parslow.
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