Bulletin: Issue 36

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Refugee Crisis

Coverage of the ongoing refugee crisis has dominated the media over the past number of weeks, and growing public support for Ireland to respond effectively has been steadily increasing. 
Doras Luimní have received a huge number of calls from the public who are offering support and donations for people affected by the conflict in Syria and the resulting refugee crisis on the EU borders.
A number of events and community-led initiatives have recently established to assist the relief efforts. Updates on these below:

Donations Update:

Limerick to Calais: The donations depot at the Old Cahill May Roberts building is now closed. The group have been doing amazing work, collecting donations for onward delivery to Calais, to assist the humanitarian relief efforts at the border of France and the UK. Additional supplies will also be sent to other areas in need including Greece, Turkey and Hungary.
The Jacket Off Your Back: Seeking donations of warm winter jackets for refugees during the forthcoming winter months. See here for details
GOAL humanitarian appeal: Donations are being collected at 125 Topaz stations throughout the country for onward delivery to Turkey, courtesy of Turkish Airlines. See www.goalglobal.ie for further details.
Irish Red Cross Migration Appeal: Donations and offers of accommodation are being welcomed by the Irish Red Cross, details at www.irishredcross.ie
Medecin Sans Frontiers (MSF): Providing emergency humanitarian support in various affected locations, urgently require donations. See www.msf.ie for details.

Fundraising Events:

Table Quiz in aid of MSF: 

All funds raised will be going to Medicins San Frontiere delivering emergency medical help to those in Syria, Turkey and Greece in particular.

Venue: Dolans Warehouse

Date: SEPT 30th 
Time: 8pm
Tables of 4/5 max and €10 per head. 

Jennifer Moroney-Ward
More info email: jmwlimerick@gmail.com

Public Meeting
How can Limerick respond to refugee crisis?

A public meeting was held on Wednesday 23rd September in response to the growing public support around refugee issues and to discuss the ways in which the wider community in Limerick can practically respond to the needs of asylum seekers and refugees locally. 
There was good attendance from a wide range of stakeholders, including current residents of Direct Provision, religious leaders, local public representatives and local interested individuals. Attendees discussed the ways in which we may be able to work together to improve supports for asylum seekers and refugees, in the absence of State support to do so. A follow-up meeting is planned for late October to progress the actions suggested.

If you would like information or would like to be involved, please contact Aideen at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.

Limerick Council pass motion on housing, solidarity and support for refugee crisis

Limerick City Council passed a motion on Monday 21st September, calling on the Government to take urgent action on social housing shortages and calling on the local Council to work with local groups to help provide support to people seeking refuge in Limerick.

Limerick City Council have shown leadership in passing this motion and sending a message to the Government that Limerick is ready and willing to support refugees. To date the Government’s response to the crisis in terms of real action has been minimal and we urge local Councillors to take the lead in preparing to support the integration of people seeking protection in Limerick.

There are currently over 450 people seeking refuge in Limerick, some of whom have survived the dangerous journey across the Mediterranean and through Europe. They are living in long-term institutional care, socially excluded from community life in Limerick. We call on the local Council, local community organisations and the general public to also extend a welcome and support to the asylum seekers and refugees who are already here and who have been isolated and hugely affected by the failed policy of Direct Provision.

Workplace Rights and Migrant Workers

Doras Luimní is starting a new campaign to promote workplace rights for migrant workers. The campaign will focus on the rights of migrants in vulnerable work sectors - hospitality, care work, agriculture, security, retail. Migrants make up a significant part of the Irish work force, yet they are often victims of employment rights violations. This campaign will focus on the importance of knowing your rights and the value of collective bargaining action. 
We would also like to welcome our new colleague, Mariaam Bhatti, to the Doras team. Mariaam has a background in campaigns and awareness raising for migrant rights. She is member of the Domestic Workers Action Group (DWAG), and a founding member of the Forced Labour Action Group. We look forward to an exciting year of campaigning for the rights of migrants in the work place.  
If you are a migrant worker and you would like to be part of this campaign please contact Patricia Stapleton: patriciadoras@gmail.com, or Mariaam Bhatti: dorasmariaam@gmail.com.

This project has been kindly sponsored under the Dormant Accounts Funds.

This survey aims to establish trade union membership uptake for migrant workers in low paid jobs. The findings will help Doras Luimní to understand if and how Trade Unions support migrant workers.

You can participate in this survey on our website here: 
Housing assistance and social welfare support for people who have recently received status is a much-needed service, provided by a volunteer-team in Doras Luimní. 
The impact of life in Direct Provision for up to 10 years creates enormous barriers for people seeking to rebuild their lives and to integrate into Limerick community life. Access to housing within rent allowance limits is a key issue, as well as lack of deposit and advance rent, and lack of social support networks to source suitable accommodation options. 
If you have recently received status and would like help to source housing options and other support, please contact Clare in Doras Luimní at student@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.

Register to Vote

The General Election will be taking place at some point before April 2016. In order to take part and to have your voice heard, you must register to vote.
If you have received Irish citizenship and are aged 18 years or over, you ar eligible to vote in the upcoming General Election. To register your details, please visit the following website: www.checktheregister.ie

English classes and Failte Isteach

Our English classes have recommenced, with thanks to our dedicated team of volunteer tutors. Classes take place twice per week for low-level learners.
Unfortunately, demand for English language classes in Limerick cannot currently be met and we have over 130 people on our waiting list. If you require English lanague tuition, please visit our website for a list of paid options or drop in to our office to register your interest for future available options with Doras Luimní.

Failte Isteach classes take place on Wednesday mornings from 10am - 12pm in Christ Church Hall. Drop-in for conversational English with our volunteer tutors!

Polish Arts Festival

Showcasing the diversity of the Polish community in Ireland, the 9th annual Polish Art Festival (PAF) celebrates the many facets of Polish/Slavic heritage. 

Enjoy traditional and modern music, theatre and fine arts of Polish/Slavic influence in a friendly, innovative and collaborative atmosphere.

Embracing the integration of the Polish contingent into Limerick, the festival offers a rich feast of Polish/Slavic culture. It also serves to create awareness of the culture within Ireland and amongst other nationalities. Celebrating the similarities and diversities of the people of Limerick, the festival is a platform for the collaboration and fusion of different groups and ethnicities. 

The Polish Arts Festival takes place from 15th - 31st October. See www.polishartfestival.ie for details.

If you have a story you would like to share with us or would like to feature your event, please contact Aideen at Doras Luimní at a.roche@dorasluimni.org or call 061310328.
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