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

‘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.  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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A video made for children on COVID-19 testing by Better Together, a group who support children in DP Centres ... See MoreSee Less

Opening of the 1916 Bursary Fund for the South Cluster of higher education institutions for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The Fund was established by the Department of Education and Skills to encourage the participation and success of students most socio-economically disadvantaged and from within groups significantly under-represented in higher education; it offers an annual bursary of €5,000 to successful applicants.
The South Cluster is comprised of the following higher education institutions: Cork Institute of Technology, Institute of Technology Carlow, Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Cork and Waterford Institute of Technology, the cluster will award 35 bursaries in 2020/2021.

The 1916 Bursary Fund targets students entering higher education for the first time in 2020/2021 that:
a) experience socio-economic disadvantage (meet the SUSI Special Rate criteria)
and
b) belong to at least one of the following target groups:

• Socio-economic groups with low participation in higher education
• Socio-economically disadvantaged area
• Student with a disability
• Lone parent with a DEASP means-tested payment
• Irish Traveller
• First time, mature student entrant
• QQI Further Education award entrant
• Ethnic minorities lawfully present in the State.

The online Application (Part I) opens today 07 May 2020 at www.soarforaccess.ie/1916-bursary-fund/. The closing date will be approximately five weeks after the 2020 CAO Leaving Cert Round One offers.
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#ThoughtForTheDay -
A conversation between a child and their Grandad in 2095...
Child - How old are you Grandad?
Grandad - I'm 81 Kid.
Child - So does that mean you were alive during the Coronavirus?
Grandad - Yes kid I was.
Child - Wow. That must have been horrible Grandad. We were learning about that at school this week.

They told us about how all the schools were closed and mum's and dads couldn't go to work so didn't have as much money to do nice things. They said that you weren't allowed to go and visit your friends and family and couldn't go out anywhere. They said that summer holidays were cancelled and they told us about all those thousands of people that got very poorly and died. That must have been so horrible.

Grandad - Well kid, that is all correct. And I know that because I read about it when I was older. But to tell you the truth I remember it differently...

I remember playing in the garden for hours with mum and dad and having picnics outside and lots of bbqs. I remember making things with my Dad and baking with my Mum. I remember making dens with my little brother and teaching him how to do hand stands and back flips. I remember having quality time with my family. I remember mum's favorite words becoming 'Hey, I've got an idea...' rather than 'maybe later or tomorrow, I'm a bit busy'. I remember making our own bread and pastry. I remember having film night 3 or 4 times a week instead of just one. It was a terrible time for lots of people you are right, but I remember it differently.

Remember how our children will remember these times. Be in control of the memories they are creating right now, so that through all the awful headlines and emotional stories that they will come to read about in future years, they can remember the happy times.

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Photo by: SUJATA SETIA/BUT NATURAL PHOTOGRAPHY
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Photos that hopefully will put a smile on your faces 🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

Please do not give up now ... See MoreSee Less

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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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