New Ukrainian center in Dublin calling for volunteers


The Irish Red Cross has announced the opening of a new refugee center in Dublin.

The charity has partnered with Vicar Street owner Harry Crosbie and a Ukrainian volunteer group to build the new refugee resource center at the Loading Bay warehouse.

It will be available to Ukrainian refugees who have recently arrived in Ireland as a result of the war.

The 8,000 square meter warehouse will provide a common meeting place and resource center for Ukrainians, as well as a common space for people to gather, a computer hub and basic amenities, as well as various social services for those in need.

The new center will also serve as a central location to collect and distribute in-kind supplies such as food, clothing and other items.

Mr Crosbie appealed to all development companies and real estate agencies to loan the new center a project manager for the first month to work with it and help facilitate the initial setup and the infrastructures needed for the next month to get it up and running smoothly take.

The entrepreneur initially approached the Irish Red Cross to see how they could help and as a result the property will be made available free of charge until September, with seed funding provided by the charity to help with set up.

A second space within the Vicar Street Theater was offered for fundraisers and other gatherings during business hours. All shows will continue at the venue as usual.

Mr Crosbie said: “The Loading Bay is an area used by the bands that play here to store and set up their gear before shows so I would like to thank all the artists performing at the venue as well as Peter Aiken and all of our employees who help make this possible.”

The Irish Red Cross fundraising director said the warehouse is now being made habitable for those arriving Ukraine.

Charlie Lamson said: “We are very grateful to Harry for this generous offer and will support this new center with some donations from the Irish public.

“The next steps will be to clean, paint and fully carpet the warehouse to make the space livable, safe and welcoming for Ukrainian individuals, families and children. Additional amenities include a range of canvas tents to be set up within the storage room, private meeting rooms and a degree of separation for various activities.

“A planning and coordination committee of 4-6 people, including local Ukrainian volunteers, will be established and a lead coordinator will be appointed as soon as possible.” New Ukrainian center in Dublin calling for volunteers

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