One of SSGT’s strategic goals 2018-2022 is to contribute to the goal of vulnerable migrants becoming full members of Irish society through dismantling barriers to integration. Trustees believe the following changes need to take place to contribute to the goal of vulnerable migrants becoming full members of Irish society:
- A more humane asylum system exists.
- There are more effective community-led approaches to the integration of vulnerable migrants.
- A stronger migrant voice, which includes those in the protection system.
This goal has focused on people in the international protection process across the island. SSGT had two grant programmes focused on people living in direct provision centres over the past six years. The first programme (2014-2019) funded grassroots groups for the costs of activities for children to participate in sporting, recreational and cultural activities with their peers in their local community. An evaluation of that programme, Healing the wound of isolation: letting children be children, was carried out in 2019 and can be downloaded here. The second 3-year learning programme (2016-2019) supported asylum seekers who had obtained refugee status to make the transition to independent living within their local community. The final report of the 3-year evaluation, Supporting Transition from Direct Provision is here.
Connecting Communities Grant Programme
SSGT is continuing its support for this group for the next two years (2020-2021) under its Connecting Communities Grant Programme. There is a limited grant programme for Activities for children living in Direct Provision Centres which requires matched funding from another source. If you think your group is eligible and you wish to apply please contact SSGT for the criteria and an application form.
A second grant programme Stand Up Speak Out took takes a broader approach to supporting positive change for people living in direct provision. The focus is on community organising, supporting participation of asylum seekers in their community and inclusion of their voices in issues which affect them. Grants have now been made under this programme, the details of which are here.
Contact SSGT for details on grants