We urgently need your support to ensure we can provide essential services to the Ukrainian refugees fleeing the Ukraine.
Please watch us on RTE News: https://www.rte.ie/news/munster/2022/0313/1286174-polish-charity-cork/
We responded immediately to the crisis.
The day after the invasion on the 25th February Together Razem Centre started working to connect refugees with the non-governmental organizations in Poland that offer shelter and essential support. We have helped several families to find help in Poland.
Here in Ireland, we have enabled the Ukrainian community in Cork to have a safe gathering spot at the Together-Razem headquarters – group meetings, conversation, information in a safe and confidential environment.
We have set up an information provision service in the Ukrainian language as we are aware that provision of essential information in migrants’ native language and in a culturally sensitive manner is crucial.
We have been providing face to face consultations to the Ukrainian refugees in our Centre from the 8th March.
On the 15th March we have hired Ukrainian Support Worker who provide outreach, support, referral, and accompaniment services and works with HSE In-Reach team
On the 22nd March we have started to provide English classes for 4 days per week morning and afternoon classes.
Women for women action started on the 27th of March. Toiletry packs with essential items have been handed over to the newly arrived Ukrainian women
Launch of a new dedicated Hub on the 10th May
The Hub, named Together4Ukraine is situated in Blackpool Community Centre, Cork city. Together4Ukraine will provide a range of free services to Ukrainian refugees in Cork, including:
- A dedicated Ukrainian-speaking support worker, who will provide outreach, support, referral, and accompaniment services.
- Online trauma counselling in Ukrainian and Russian languages.
- English language lessons.
- Information sessions to signpost refugees to key services in Cork,
- Practical supports, including welcome packs with information for newcomers, and ‘Women for Women’ kits with essential hygiene items.
Over the coming weeks, the Hub will expand its services to include legal advice clinics, a mother and child programme, a psychological support helpline, a befriending programme and a library of books in Ukrainian for adults and children.
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Our impact as per 10th May 2022
- We have created an online resource centre for the Ukrainian people in Ireland on our website under a Together4Ukraine button with all the necessary information for the newcomers. Ukrainian refugees can get up-to-date information here www.together-razem.org/en/together4ukraine
- Daily updates to our website in 3 languages ENG, UKR, POL
- We organised fundraiser and raised €8442 for the purchase of medical supplies to hospitals in Ukraine. Purchased and delivered medical supplies to Ukraine: to Hospital Moscicka and infirmaries in Petropavlivska Borshchahivka near Bucha and Velyka Dymerka.
- Woman for Woman - a project supporting refugee women by provision of small hygiene and sanitary essential kits to newly arrived women. We have provided 147 hygiene packs as a part of Woman for Woman action
- Co-hosted information webinar with NASC Ireland with information on services available in Cork Supporting people who have fled war
- We have a created a hub Together4Ukraine for the Ukrainian refugees with a daily programme run from Monday to Thursday including in our Centre:
- We have received and responded to 2,811 phone & WhatsApp & Telegram calls since the 24th February when the Russian invasion started
- We have received 3396 emails and FB messages
- We have created a Telegram app channel for Ukrainians in Cork with 158 Ukrainian members https://t.me/together_razem_centre
- We have provided English classes to 40 people on beginner level and to 21 people on intermediate level – with 47 Ukrainian on a waiting list
- Provided one to one support to 192 Ukrainians with 421 interventions
- We have organised 5 Ukrainian community mobilisation meetings in our Centre in March
- We have organised 1 Silent Walk in Cork on the 5th March with 40 attendees
- We have organised The Stand with Ukraine peaceful rally in Cork on the 13th March attended by around 400 people
- We have organised joint Eastern European community group with Ukrainian refugees and took part in St Patrick's Parade in Cork and in Ballincollig and as a result we got awarded the Spirit of the Parade award by the Cork City Council
- Organised and celebrated Easter Traditions of Poland, Romanian and Ukraine with 30 people attended
- We have set the new dedicated website http://together4ukraine.ie
- We have organised official Together4Ukrainbe Hub launch with 200 attendees on the 10th May 2022
- Various media appearances in Irish Examiner, Evening Echo, RTE Radio 1, Cork Red FM, Polish media – see below
We are a small team of 5 part-time staff and we need to rapidly expand our capacity and obtain extra resources to respond to the crisis in the best possible way.
Our small team works around the clock to assist Ukrainians in many ways.
We are developing our programmes, adapting our existing structures to the needs of the Ukrainian refugees to deliver best possible professional services.
We have developed new relations and contacts with state and third sector bodies, and we are grateful for the kindness of the people of Ireland.
Watch a short presenting our work up to the 10th May 2022:
Please support us as we need funds to expand our services.
Together-Razem is a registered charity, that is solely reliant on either donated or short term project funding. The Together4Ukriane Hub is being funded through Together-Razem’s own resources with assistance from local agencies.
Together-Razem’s CEO says:
“Funding for projects like Together4Ukraine is absolutely vital so that on the ground practical supports can be effectively provided to refugees from Ukraine. Organisations across the community and voluntary sector such Together-Razem provide ongoing support on tight budgets to migrants and refugees from many countries. Together-Razem provides much needed support to Eastern European migrants without any state funding. This already stretched community sector is now required to expand to meet the needs of large numbers of Ukrainians presenting for support, in addition to pre-existing caseloads.”
Donate online or via our bank account details here:
Please use reference "Ukraine Fund”
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