Here are some other organisations and services that are doing great work with asylum seekers in Cork City. There are many ways to get involved, or services to avail of, including through the following organisations:
(If your organisation would like to be featured please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brij is a community-based group supporting people living in Direct Provision centres in the Cork area. BRIJ organise social events, transport and also work in the fields of integration and education. They welcome volunteers, and arrange for their volunteers to be Garda vetted.
You can contact BRIJ at email@example.com
Sanctuary Runners is an initiative where Irish people and asylum seekers can run together on the same team. Sanctuary Runners are non-political and focus on humanitarianism and positive action. The positive impact of exercise, and the normality of running together benefits both asylum seekers and Irish people.
You can find out more about Sanctuary Runners and how to get involved at: https://sanctuaryrunners.ie/how-we-work/
The Lantern Community Project
The Lantern Community Project is a small independent community centre established by the Presentation Sisters as a place of welcome to support individuals and groups to develop their skills and to promote community education and inclusion in Cork city. A place of welcome where people, no matter what their background, race, age, gender can feel at home and voice their hopes in working for a better world.
You can find the Lantern Community Project on facebook at
Nasc – The Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre
Nasc seek to enable migrants to access justice and human rights and to work to ensure a just, inclusive, and integrated society. Nasc offer free legal services in relation to immigration and asylum issues.
You can access Nasc’s website at http://www.nascireland.org/
Community Support Resources
Community Support Resources is the CSR programme of Fitzgerald Actuarial Limited. It provides assistance to local non-profit groups in relation to their creative community programmes for vulnerable and isolated people, specifically in the areas of mental health and asylum-seeker welfare.
You can find Community Support Resources on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CSRCork
Cork Migrant Centre
The Cork Migrant Centre provides free, confidential, accurate and up-to-date information on immigration issues and access to services.
The Drop-in Centre provides services for:
– migrant workers,
– family members of migrants,
– family members of Irish citizens,
– undocumented migrants,
– international students,
– migrant victims of domestic or sexual violence,
– vulnerable migrants.
You can contact the Cork Migrant Centre at
Clowns Without Borders Ireland
Circus performers, clowns, theatre and street performers, actors and musicians from all corners of the island of Ireland offer their skills, humour and time on a voluntary basis to perform professional shows, teach skills and bring laughter to children and their communities in crisis around the world. Since 2006 CWB Ireland has undertaken projects abroad in Nepal, Lesotho, Uganda, Palestine/Israel, Somalia, South Africa, Rwanda, Jordan and Kosovo.
In Ireland projects have also taken place in direct provision accommodation centres for asylum seekers and refugees.
You can learn more about Clowns Without Borders Ireland at www.cwbireland.com
Fáilte Refugees UCC Society
The Fáilte Refugees Society are a UCC society dedicated to welcoming refugees and asylum seekers to UCC, Cork and Ireland, working on ensuring understanding, solidarity and basic human rights in our communities.
You can contact Fáilte Refugees UCC at firstname.lastname@example.org
New Communities Partnerships
New Communities Partnership (NCP) is a national network of more than 150 migrant- and ethnic minority-led organisations. The mission of NCP is to be an effective network, representing and empowering ethnic minority-led groups, at all levels, in order to influence positive change in policies that impact on their lives.
They provide many services and are happy to answer any questions by phone.
Cork City of Sanctuary
The Cork City of Sanctuary (COS) movement is committed to making Cork a place of welcome, support and safety for Refugees, Asylum Seekers and Migrants and persons of migrant origin, where diversity is recognised and celebrated.
Places of Sanctuary Ireland is a network of groups in towns, cities and local communities which share the objectives of promoting the integration, inclusion and welfare of refugees, asylum seekers and vulnerable migrants, by encouraging every sector of society to make a practical commitment to becoming places of welcome and safety.
University of Sanctuary UCC
UCC has been declared a “University of Sanctuary”, and aims to help refugees and asylum seekers overcome the financial and cultural constraints they face in attaining a third-level education. Within this they offer scholarships to asylum seekers and refugees.
You can find out more at https://www.ucc.ie/en/edi/universityofsanctuary/
Here are some useful online resources concerning direct provision in Ireland
- Reception and Integration Agency Ireland’s (RIA) website, useful for statistics concerning direct provision:
- RIA house rules for direct provision, revised January 2019:
- McMahon Report:
- Beyond McMahon:
- Right to work leaflet: