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Doras Luimní’s Reception Project works in Limerick City and its environs and provides a range of supports to asylum seekers and refugees. The project also collaborates with local organisations and agencies to mainstream the provision of services.

The project carries out a number of actions including:
  • Providing assistance, information and support through the Limerick drop-in centre.
  • Providing direct support to asylum seekers living in three direct provision hostels in Limerick and one direct provision centre in Clare.
  • Co-ordinating English language provision with the VEC for migrants living in 
    Limerick City and in County Limerick.
  • Delivering language and cultural orientation classes.
  • Planning and delivering training to build the capacity of asylum seekers and refugees. 
  • Providing family and school supports.
  • Running social activities to address isolation and encourage integration.  
Local agencies involved with the project include the VEC, the HSE, Citizens Information Service, Department of Social and Family Protection, Jesuit Refugee Services, Clare Immigrant Support Centre, Limerick City Child Care Committee and the New Communities Partnership.
 
 
The Reception Project ended in June 2013.
 
Case Study - Doras Luimní’s Drop In Centre

 

Three years ago, a young woman from Nigeria came to our drop-in service. She was looking for help for herself and her son. She was a timid person, who appeared disorientated. We helped her with her immediate query and suggested that she join our Women’s Development Group. The group meets once a week over a 10 week period. The Women’s Development Group focuses on different aspects of women’s lives from dealing with stress to women’s health matters. This lady joined the group and over time, her confidence and self-esteem grew and grew. The group gave her the courage to undertake a course in community development studies. She also stepped forward to volunteer with Doras Luimní and helps to run a 10 week session of the same Women’s Group she had once been a part of!