The Jesuit Refugee Service Ireland (JRS Ireland) has just opened Seomra Fáilte, a multi-purpose resource centre designed to create a safe space where newly arrived asylum seekers can relax and adapt to their new surroundings.
This new installation is part of the JRS Ireland Fáilte Project in the Balseskin Reception Centre, and it will host a weekly programme of information and training workshops to enhance the life-skills and capacities of residents.
Speaking at the unveiling of the centre Áine Lambe, JRS Ireland’s Intercultural Project Worker said: “Today marks an important milestone in JRS Ireland’s efforts to promote and enhance the mental health and well-being of asylum seekers and the forcibly-displaced in Ireland”.
The Fáilte Project will seek to promote positive mental health through the provision of psycho-social education, information and advice and it will offer training opportunities to enhance wellbeing through the development of new skills.
Significant efforts have also been made to create a more inclusive and welcoming environment through the installation of a tranquility garden which offers a greater sense of space to persons adjusting to communal living conditions. “The Fáilte Project has the potential to positively impact on the lives of asylum seekers at a particularly vulnerable time,” according to Ms Lambe, “and JRS Ireland is extremely grateful to be working with partners in Balseskin and the Health Service Executive, as well as for the ongoing support from the Jesuit Province”.