Funding totalling €485,000 allocated to 7 projects across the country

Mr. David Stanton, T.D., Minister of State at the Department of Justice and Equality with responsibility for Equality, Immigration and Integration today announced the award of project funding totalling €485,226 to 7 projects nationwide to support the labour-market integration of female refugees. This funding was obtained from the Dormant Accounts Fund. The 7 projects will be delivered over the next year in a number of locations across the country by organisations who were successful following an open competitive application process administered by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality.

Successful projects were selected on the strength of their ability to:

Examples of activities to be funded include:

Announcing the funding, the Minister said:

“Employment is a very important aspect of integration. For many people who have been granted refugee status here in Ireland, getting a job here will be a critical part of building a new life for themselves and their families. Female refugees may encounter barriers in accessing the labour market and it is important that targeted supports are available to help them overcome these barriers.

I am pleased that we are able to make funding available from the Dormant Accounts Fund for this vital work. This funding programme complements the €3.3 million under the European Social Fund Employability of Migrants Measure, which I announced last January. It is part of a broader commitment to support integration initiatives delivered by community and voluntary organisations in line with the objectives of our National Migrant Integration Strategy adopted by the Government earlier this year. I want to thank the voluntary community and non-governmental organisations who work with Government in a positive and proactive way in supporting the integration of migrants into Irish society. 

I send my good wishes to the selected projects and wish them every success in their work.”


Notes for Editors

The 7 projects were selected following an open competitive selection process managed by Pobal on behalf of the Department of Justice and Equality. A total of 18 applications were received. All applicants have been informed of the outcome of the selection process.

The following organisations were selected for grant offers:
    Organisation    County
1    Cultúr Celebrating Diversity    Meath
2    Irish Refugee Council    Dublin
3    Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre    Cork
4    Robert Emmet Community Development Project    Dublin
5    Roscommon Integrated Development Co.      Roscommon
6    SEDCo Social Enterprise Development Co.    Dublin
7    Westmeath Community Development    Westmeath

Project summaries:

1. Cultúr Celebrating Diversity CLG 
In this project, Cultúr and Meath Partnership will collaborate to develop and deliver a ready-for-life and work skills programme for refugee women moving out of the Accommodation Centre in Mosney and women who have recently transitioned to independent living within the county.  The project will provide a comprehensive life skills and employability programme that aims to equip female refugees with the skills required to succeed in Ireland. 

2. Irish Refugee Council Limited 
This project will work with 15 women in the Dublin area to provide a 12 week employment preparation course, followed by a 6 month supported work placement. The preparation programme will include classes with an employment training consultant, effective communication skills, basic ICT skills, teamwork and preparation for job interviews. Modules covering personal development including self-esteem and goal setting will also be included. Participants will be matched with female mentors to provide support and encouragement.

3. Nasc, the Irish Immigrant Support Centre 
The Gateway to Employment Project will deliver bespoke training to a targeted group of female refugees on a number of key modules including language classes, Personal Effectiveness & Cultural Competencies, IT skills and Employment & Entrepreneurship Training. The project will also include work placements and volunteer placements to suitable participants. Twenty participants will be targeted with an expected retention rate of 80%. The project will also include individual mentoring and career guidance, and engagement from refugee women who have advanced in education as well as employment & self -employment. In addition, it will include a personal action plan for each participant setting out clear goals for achievement.

4. Robert Emmet Community Development Project (Dublin)
This project which will support female refugees, focusing on building their capacity and skills to progress to employment or education. The project aims to encourage and support an existing group of refugee women who have come through the international protection process to support their needs and put in place the skills to move away from dependency on social welfare payments.

5. Roscommon Integrated Development Company Limited 
This project will work with the Syrian female refugee community at the Emergency Reception and Orientation Centre (EROC) in Ballaghaderreen. The aim of this project is to aid the transition into further education/training and secure employment/self-employment by linking training to work, building confidence and enhancing personal skills through the provision of accredited and non-certified programmes, including work placements.  The project also aims to establish a Creative collective based on an integration best practice model. It will use hand craft and cultural food in order to provide personal development, pre-employment, training and integration to participants. The project hopes to contribute to Ballaghaderreen realising its ambition to become a Creative Town.

6. SEDCo Social Enterprise Development Company CLG (Dublin)
This project aims to work with 200 female refugees and female family members providing training , education and employability workshops and entrepreneurship which will empower women to find or create employment in their local communities. The programme will offer 10 monthly weekend training courses in tailoring, food services and crafts over a 10 month period and provide on the job training at 6 markets and sales events with 2 opportunities for each women to sell their products. As well as providing female refugees with the skills and supports to find employment or become self employed SEDCo will hold a jobs fair linking participants with prospective employers, local networks and outlets providing employment opportunities and or on the job experience. The project will be delivered by SEDCo in partnership with Akidwa national network of migrant women, The Irish Refugee Council who provide support and advice services for refugees, The Intercultural Centre, Clondalkin and the National Collective of Community Based Women's Networks.

7. Westmeath Community Development 
The aim of this project is to provide female refugees and family members identified with tailor-made supports, services and training that will increase participation and uptake of labour market training and quality education; increase job readiness, employability skills and job seeking activities, and increase their entry into the workforce or public work placement programmes such as Community Employment, TUS, CSP. The project aims to provide a total of 30 female refugees from the Kurdish (Mullingar), African (Athlone) and Syrian (Athlone and Mullingar) communities with one to one mentoring, training, information provision and employment supports over a 12 month period.  

For more information, contact the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration at,