International Ciommunity Dynamics is now a Company Limited by Guarantee. And it is time we look over what we have done so far and our plans for the future. A big part of this, is the up and running social enterprise, Recruit Refugees Ireland, which has become our trading name.
We met in 2017 and had the idea of starting to collect guitars for people in Direct provision, we created ICD as a grassroots organisation, and helped International Protection Applicants (IPAs) to find their way in Ireland, by giving them support with clothes, music and sport.
But one of the challenges that stood out is the issue of finding decent and meaningful work. We noticed that employers in Ireland are happy enough to help, but have no understanding or are not aware of the permission to work rules for IPAs.
This is what made me decide to set up Recruit Refugees Ireland. West-Cork Development Partnership has helped with creating the business plan. As I want this to be a paid service, I decided to set RRI up as a social enterprise, and as we already have a management board, I though it best to make RRI a project and the trading name of ICD.
We have over 300 candidates registered with us, and we are getting the first employers to sign up. We are partnering with educational organisations and other NGOs.
Our aim is to make Ireland a place where everyone can thrive. We want to create awareness among employers about the right to work for IPAs and why it is beneficial for a company to have a diverse workforce.
But that is not all. We are also going to schools to help pupils to combat racism, form integration fora, etc.
We also want to go and talk (once we can) to schools about migrants in Ireland, and especially those seeking protection.
So much to do, so little time. 🙂
A year of working on my dinner table has created this amazing organisation. We now have 9 volunteers and we are expanding more and more. ICD is here to stay!