KASI - KIllarney Immigrant Support Centre

KASI (Killarney Immigrant Support Centre) is an NGO based in Killarney, Co. Kerry providing support services to Asylum Seekers, Refugees and other Migrants in Killarney and the greater Killarney area.

Our Mission Statement

β€˜To support asylum seekers, refugees, migrant workers and their families; and to facilitate their integration into the community’.

Support Services and Activities

  • Drop-in service (open 4 days a week)
  • Free Information
  • Help with filling in forms
  • Advocacy
  • Outreach work to DP Centres in Killarney
  • Awareness raising in schools and local community
  • English classes
  • Homework support
  • Information sessions on certain topics
  • Training and workshops
  • Volunteering opportunities
  • Various activities for Asylum Seeker children in DP
  • Intercultural events

KASI is also running an outreach service in Drishane Direct Provision Centre in Millstreet, Co. Cork, supporting families and individuals in the hostel.Β  The project is funded by HSE – South.

OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

  • To provide a multi functional space for drop-ins, meetings, coordination, training and intercultural events
  • To provide information relevant to the needs of the service users
  • To plan and implement various activities to include education, language support, health, social and intercultural events
  • To provide support to families in direct provisions
  • To undertake awareness raising work in the local community on asylum seeker and general immigration issues; and engage in advocacy work
  • To liaise with local agencies, through referrals, joints initiatives and enhance service provision
  • Network with other relevant agencies / service providers, sharing best practice and contribute to policy development.
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Just to say a very BIG THANK YOU to ALL who joined us yesterday in our Harvest and Thanksgiving celebration! It was a great evening - lovely food, lovely people, sunflowers standing up tall welcoming people, the scents of all sorts of flowers and herbs and healthy looking vegetables and the sun even came out at what stage! What an amazing gathering! And THANK YOU TO ALL who helped out, those who shared their food. And most especially, a big THANK YOU to OLD FRIENDS some even travelled from another county to join us last night! As I said last night, in spite of the challenges working for and working with a voluntary sector - there's so much we are grateful for - the support of the community, our colleagues from various sectors, schools, our funders (of course), our neighbours in the KASI Garden and the privilege of meeting, getting to know and connect with people from very diverse cultures! AGAIN THANK YOU for people... and nature πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you all for such a lovely evening, wonderful space with terrific food and company.

Great to be involved in such an organization, from its infancy when it all started in a small office in New Street well done to you Marilyn and all your volunteers, it would not happen only for you, your goal was always to ‘buy a log cabiin, we were a bit dubious at d start ( but how wrong we were) , we went with you and how well the garden now fits with d school meals -you are an inspiration to us all... keep up d good work!

KASI Garden at its best. Soooo pretty!!! ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done Marilyn and to all d volunteers, if looks amazing πŸ˜‰

KASI Food Market every Monday from 9:30 - 1 pm in our beautiful garden, Ballycasheen, Killarney - next to St. Oliver's National School. ... See MoreSee Less

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Looking great

Wonderful work

Well done Marilyn and all d staff it looks great!

It looks great Marilyn. Keep itπŸ‘πŸ‘

This Monday we will have fresh breads, sweet and savoury cakes, vegetarian dishes, plus Ode to Earth will be there with all sorts of sustainable products. We will also have our own fresh produce from our own garden. Come along, have a nice cup of tea and enjoy our beautiful garden πŸ™‚ ... See MoreSee Less

6 months ago

KASI CLG - Killarney Immigrant Support Centre

We are so proud to be a recipient of a Gold Award at the Kerry Community Awards night ceremony last Thursday, 16th May, for our Social Enterprise Project. TheFood/Canteen Project was piloted in St. Oliver's National School in 2016. We will always be indebted to Rory D'Arcy for giving us the opportunity to start it in their school.
We have since expanded it to 3 schools in Killarney - Gailscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery NS and Holy Cross Mercy NS. The project has created 13 jobs and serving hundreds of happy kids!!!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Adjudicators of the Kerry Community Awards for acknowledging our work. A BIG THANK YOU to all the Principals and Staff of the four schools for welcoming us to their respective school, for their encouragement and support. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the kids and their parents, but most importantly THANK YOU to all our hard working and dedicated staff and volunteers!
A great initiative and we are indeed very proud of our achievement. It is not easy at times....but yesss - it's worth it!!!
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We are so proud to be a recipient of a Gold Award at the Kerry Community Awards night ceremony last Thursday, 16th May, for our Social Enterprise Project.  TheFood/Canteen Project was piloted in St. Olivers National School in 2016. We will always be indebted to Rory DArcy for giving us the opportunity to start it in their school.  
We have since expanded it to 3 schools in Killarney - Gailscoil Faithleann, Presentation Monastery NS and Holy Cross Mercy NS. The project has created 13 jobs and serving hundreds of happy kids!!! 
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Adjudicators of the Kerry Community Awards for acknowledging our work. A BIG THANK YOU to all the Principals and Staff of the four schools for welcoming us to their respective school, for their encouragement and support. A VERY SPECIAL THANK YOU to all the kids and their parents, but most importantly THANK YOU to all our hard working and dedicated staff and volunteers! 
A great initiative and we are indeed very proud of our achievement. It is not easy at times....but yesss - its worth it!!!Image attachmentImage attachment

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We'll done KASI - a wonderful initiative with lovely people adding so much to life in St Olivers! πŸ‘

Well done to ye all

Congratulations Marilyn and all the team. This is a well deserved recognition of immense hard work and dedication. Very well done πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

Congratulations

Congratulations to a fabulous team. Always smiling πŸ™‚

Congratulations everyone, fantastic news!

Congratulations! Well deserved

Wow!!! Congrats Marilyn and the entire KASI team

CONGRATS MARLYN AND ALL THERE WELL DESERVED

Well done, congrats to all

Well done to all, a brilliant initiative and a well deserved award!!

Well done KASI

Well done everyone

Well done to all, and well deserved.

Congratulations on the Award, fantastic work by everyone. πŸ‘

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Great turn out at the opening of our food market - indeed myself and all those involved in planning and organising the event are very pleased and grateful to all who came and supported the event. It was indeed a very community event where people hang around, chatted with each other and people who haven't met for awhile met yesterday - it was just great!... that I didn't get much chance to take as many photos as I would like to. A BIG THANK YOU to all those who planned and organised the event and all those that helped on the day.
The market will be open again on Monday, 13th May from
10 - 2 pm.
Have a lovely bank holiday Monday, folks! ☺️
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Bartosz Bekisz

We are launching our food market this Sunday, 5th May from 1 - 4 pm at KASI Community Garden, Ballycasheen - next to St. Oliver's National School. There will be stalls of locally produced and home made food, tea/coffee and delicious home made cakes, plant sales, eco friendly and compostable products, etc. There will be entertainment, face painting, tour of the garden, etc. This event is supported by Kerry County Council as part of the Big Hello event to bring together communities. EVERYBODY WELCOME! Please spread the news ☺️ ... See MoreSee Less

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Lovely idea Aidan Doyle say ud love garden

The first Ceile Afro Dabke event this year is coming up soon!
5th May 5pm at Feile ne Baeltaine, The Hillgrove, Dingle
31st May 7pm at KFEST, CMYS Hall, Killorglin
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This project is co-funded by

European Union - Asylum, Migration and Integration Fund
Department of Justice and Equality
Health Service Executive
Department of Rural and Community Development
Pobal - Government supporting communities
Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection

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