Refugee Resettlement Project

COVID-19 Update on Supports 

Refugee Resettlement Project

We continue:

  • Keeping clients, who do not have English as their first language, updated about the unprecedented COVID-19 Pandemic.  Advising those on HSE guidelines and good practice to help stem the spread of the virus.
  • Circulating posters in Arabic via WhatsApp and speaking to families/individuals on a daily basis to directly to update them on the latest guidelines in their own language.
  •  Ensuring families have their basic needs meet provisions (food, Hygiene supplies, Phone and Internet). Advising them to stay safe in their homes and follow social distancing measures.  We encourage them to keep in contact with each other via telephone.
  • For families with young children, we also sent links to help them with school work and arts & crafts activities.
  • Regular contact via telephone and text to help them with every day issues that may arise.

The Offaly Refugee Resettlement Programme supports and facilitates refugees to settle into their homes and the community, accessing services and increasing capacity and independence. The project will also facilitate and support the establishment of lasting relationships and networks within the community.

The project provides orientation visits to community services, support with arranging appointments and transport, guidance to accessing services independently and information on local training, employment, community and voluntary services. 

The project also provides cultural awareness and diversity training to local services, agencies, schools and community groups as appropriate.  

The project is steered by the Offaly Interagency Refugee Working Group which is chaired by Offaly County Council. Funding for OLDC as the implementing partner for this project is provided by the Irish Refugee Protection Plan (IRPP) and the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund (AMIF) both of which are part of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice and Equality.   

For further information contact:

Sara Stephens
Refugee Resettlement Coordinator
Offaly Local Development Company
Millennium House
Main Street
County Offaly
R35 Y7P2

Tel. 057 9322 850