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Clare Immigrant Support Centre (CISC) provides a range of free services and programmes to immigrants including refugees and asylum seekers in County Clare, as follows:

Drop-in Service

The Drop In operates Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 10.00 to 13.30 to give accurate, current information, advocacy, casework and referral on education, legal, entitlements, accommodation, social and employment issues . No appointment necessary.

Casework

Individual and Family casework delivered in a secure and friendly environment. This casework includes advocacy, direct one-to-one contact with clients and liaison with other agencies plus support and advice about individuals' rights and entitlements. The service seeks to ensure access to appropriate state services and the upholding of the rights and entitlements of all in the community.

English Language Programmes

English Language Tuition, Homework Club, and Orientation Programmes – offers flexible and non-formal programmes that are an integrated and valuable part of the Clare Immigrant Support Centre service and in many instances act as a gateway for the community to take up other programmes. Specialist classes are arranged for women, teenagers and pre-school children and occasionally topic-specific classes. Other strands of this programme, funded from several sources include: Homework Club for secondary school students, a Pre-School Orientation Programme for primary school children and a Transition to Secondary School programme.

Liaison/Advocacy/Community Development/Outreach work

This work provides an opportunity to address gaps, initiate responses among service providers, develop models of good practice, promote integration, work alongside and support the work of refugee groups and other agencies and contribute to the media on various pertinent issues. It supports members of the immigrant communities to take up opportunities to engage in in-house and external training, sit on local committees and to be  representatives  at different fora. It includes affiliation, cooperation and participation with other organisations and service providers. CISC is represented on management committees and as members of local and regional organisations and networks with a remit for working with immigrants as follows:

 

  • Interagency resettlements committee
  • Clare Local Area Committee against Violence Against Women
  • Garda Ethnic Forum
  • Clare Intercultural Network
  • Knocklisheen agency committee
  • Participants at the NGO Advisory Committee, Refugee Application Centre

Social Policy

CISC feeds into the policy development of schools, organisations, networks and to the County Development Plan policy through sharing data collected through casework which identifies trends, needs and gaps and experiences. Representation on local committees and working groups present opportunities to influence social policy decisions. This data also provides information for research and in-house publications. Working locally in Social Policy can affect change that in turn affects national policy.

Training

Provision of training materials, resources and speakers to schools and groups. Training and public information sessions are regularly offered on changes in legislation affecting the rights and entitlements for all immigrants. In-house Volunteer training is ongoing.

Cultural, Social and Commemorative Events

CISC organises and participates in local events and also engages with regional and national activities to strengthen and deepen community integration and cultural understanding.

Clare Refugee Resettlement Project 2016/2017

In June 2016 Clare Immigrant Support Centre (CISC) was awarded the 12 month tender by Clare County Council to work on the resettlement of 18 Syrian Programme Refugee families to 3 sites in Clare as part of the Irish Refugee Protection Programme and Resettlement strategy. A Programme Refugee is the name given participants in Refugee Resettlement, which is a term used to describe the selection and transfer of refugees from a country of asylum to a third country which has agreed to admit them and in which refugees can permanently settle.

The main objectives of the work has been to support the reception and integration of 90 + Syrian refugees resettling  in Clare. In practical terms this is supporting refugees on a daily basis in accessingand engaging with services appropriately and effectively to do with all aspects of their lives. Another focus is on building the capacity of the programme refugees and  the communities in which they live as the adjust and adapt to their new life circumstance in Clare.

At the conclusion of the 12 months in June 2017 Clare County Council retained Clare Immigrant Support Centre in a limited capacity to continue to work with the families for June and July 2017.

In August 2017 CISC was awarded the 8 month tender from Clare County Council to continue the resettlement work with the families until March 2018.  This project is co-financed by the European Commission under the Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund  2014-20129 and is supported by the Department of Justice and Equality.

Strategy for the Co-ordination of Services to the Immigrant Communities in Co. Clare 2009-2012

Clare Immigrant Support Centre is leading or partnering on 31 of the 83 actions in the Strategy for the Coordination of Services to the Immigrant Communities in County Clare. The strategy is currently being implemented. It was informed by two needs analyses conducted by the University of Limerick and the HSE. Focus groups with agencies and immigrant groups also informed the action in the strategy. Yearly public consultation sessions on the strategy have provided valuable opportunities for discussion on the impact of actions and the ongoing needs in Clare. Other key contributors included Clare County Council, HSE, Clare Youth Service, Gardai, Ennis CDP, Clarecare, Ennis Schools Completion, VEC and other local service providers who participated in strategic planning workshops, discussion groups and forums in the formation of the strategy.

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