Through community sponsorship, refugees who are fleeing conflict and persecution are brought to a safe and secure country like Ireland, where they are fully supported by the local community.
Dublin 8 Refugee Community Sponsorship (D8RCS) is set up under the 'Community Sponsorship Programme Ireland', itself an initiative of the Department of Justice and Equality. The group aims to celebrate and enhance our cultural diversity by welcoming a refugee family who is seeking safety to join us so that we can grow and prosper together in Dublin 8.D8RCS is an expression of hospitality within our community.
The Irish Refugee Council is our Regional Support Organisation. It provides guidance, training and supports to our group.
Our main goal is to welcome, resettle and support a family seeking refuge from war and enable them to build a new life in Dublin 8. To do this, we must raise a minimum of €10,000. This sum is determined by the Department of Justice and Equality. We are a voluntary group so all funds raised will go towards meeting the needs of the family and achieving our goal. The money raised will be used to secure housing and cover other essential costs of resettlement.
We will be adaptable to the family’s needs at all times but will focus initially on the following specific actions to support the family in their new life here:
Fundraising (minimum of €10,000) to support our goal
Identifying accommodation for the family
Co-ordinating access to the State’s Social Protection services
Co-ordinating access to Health Services
Co-ordinating access to the Education System for children and other training e.g. English Language
Providing any practical and logistical support to the family
Navigating cross-cultural adaptation challenges throughout the integration journey
Assisting in any other way to welcome the family to our community