Want to Host Ukrainian Refugees

Are You Hosting or considering hosting Ukrainian Refugees in Kerry?

Kerry Community Response Forum is organising a webinar that will provide information and assistance to households hosting Ukrainian refugees and households considering becoming a host.

This webinar will allow you to share information, ask questions, and find out more about the services and supports available in Kerry so we can help Ukrainian refugees arriving into Ireland to integrate into our community.

Webinar Date: Tuesday 17th May 2022                        Time: 19:00                                Pre-registration is required at the following link:  Register: https://cutt.ly/GHpXaYF


Olga Lacey, Irish Red Cross                                                                                                               

Topic: Expectations when hosting Ukrainian refugees

Olga Lacey – Migration Services Resettlement Caseworker. Background in international peacebuilding, security, and development practice. Previous experience working as a Project Officer with ‘All Together in Dignity, Ireland’, and with IOM (International Organisation for Migration) – UN Migration, in South Eastern Africa.                                                                                                                                      

Elisa Babkina, NASC, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre

Topic – Ukrainian Culture

Elisa was born and raised in Kiev, Ukraine. At age of 17 she moved to Poland to obtain MA degree in International Relations with the focus on Peace and Reconciliation Studies, where she run a Student Association to research and tackle the issues on racism and xenophobia. She has a keen interest in human rights and arts and volunteered to numerous NGOs in Ukraine. Currently, she is working as a Community Sponsorship Officer at NASC.

Mary Carroll, Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC)                         

Topic: Resources and supports available to Ukrainian Refugees in Kerry

Mary Carroll has been the co-ordinator of the Tralee International Resource Centre since 2009, an NGO which works to support and help the international community to integrate into their new lives in Tralee. With a background in Equality, having worked as Equality Officer for the development NGO Concern, and also for the Irish Farmer’s Association, she is passionate about helping less advantaged members of the community.  She has worked as a trainer, specialising in working with community groups, and in personal development.

Questions & Answers Panellists

Olga Lacey                            Irish Red Cross

Elisa Babkina,                    NASC, the Migrant and Refugee Rights Centre

Mary Carroll                      Tralee International Resource Centre (TIRC)

Marilyn Counihan              Kerry Immigrant Support Centre (KASI)

Caroline Doyle                   Health Service Executive (HSE)

Ann O’Dwyer                      Kerry Education Training Board (KETB)

Gerard Curtain                   Department of Social Protection

Éamonn O’Reilly                North East West Kerry Development   (NEWKD)

Éadaoin Moynihan          South Kerry Development Partnership  (SKDP)