Would you like to support people hosting refugees? Or are you a host that would like more people to help you?
Change X and The Open Community have launched this funding initiative to help groups in the community support people who are hosting refugees.
To get involved, follow the five steps below as part of the ‘30 day challenge’ to set up your Community Support Group and access funding.
The steps include free online training and resources to support your group, hosts, and displaced families or individuals.
The resources were developed from the collective experience and expertise within Ireland’s Community Sponsorship Programme for Refugees and are based on feedback from people hosting refugees, as well as from people who have resettled in Ireland.
"Hosting has been one of the most enriching and positive experiences I have ever had. Starting this I had no expectations as to what to expect. If you had told me I would take a stranger into my home and that we would end up being the best of companions and share such rich life experiences, I would never have believed it. Having access to a range of different supports and resources to help guide the experience and provide structure is hugely important and very valuable. It has been an utter blessing and I consider myself incredibly lucky - I cannot recommend it enough."
How to get involved
You have up to 30 days to complete the 5 steps.