A new community center for the Ukrainian community in Ireland opened today in Rathmines, Dublin.
The center offers a variety of supports including help with psychological trauma, English classes, livelihood skills and training, and support and activities for all ages including yoga and Irish dancing.
The centre, which was previously on Vicar Street and has now moved to Rathmines, has received an investment of €50,000 and is run in partnership by the Irish Red Cross and Ukrainian Action Ireland.
About 25 volunteers from Ukraine, Estonia and Ireland help set up the various classes and all kinds of physical activities.
Olha Khoroshevska, who runs the new center for the Irish Red Cross and Ukrainian Action in Ireland, said: “Approximately 55 people attend our courses every day and our new center will help even more Ukrainians of all ages to find new friends and support receive and feel supported.
“It will also help them connect with people from the same background so they can talk about what they’ve been through and comfort each other.
“This new community center isn’t just about taking different classes, learning new skills and the English language, it’s also about building a community and giving back to the Irish, who are very supportive of us.”
Management at the new center is working to recruit more English teachers, recognizing that the language is a crucial element of integration into Irish society, particularly in relation to employment.
Irish Red Cross Head of Fundraising Charlie Lamson said: “We are delighted to have found this wonderful building and converted it into a Ukrainian Community Center here in Rathmines which will be a new and friendly place for Ukrainian refugees to come to help find the support they need.
“The new center is an important addition to the Irish Red Cross’ ongoing support to the Ukrainian refugee community in Ireland. Our partners in this project include Ukrainian Action in Ireland, Irish Refugee Council, FIT.ie, Fighting Words, Microsoft, LinkedIn and many other companies who have pledged their support.
“Through this cooperation, the center will provide Ukrainians with a safe place where they can gather and exchange information or participate in activities, such as z and other activities.”
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