Arising from discussions at the Kerry Community Response Forum which has been convened to coordinate Kerry’s response to the arrival of refugees in the county, the information below on the response of the various agencies as well as practical ways in which people can assist, has been compiled and developed to provide useful information, links and advice.
Information and Resources on the Ukrainian Refugee Situation(31/03/2022)
The humanitarian situation in Ukraine is deteriorating rapidly with millions of people already displaced and in desperate need of aid. Irish charities, community groups and NGOs are working both in Ireland and abroad to assist people affected by the crisis.
The best way to help those fleeing the war and the people of Ukraine is to support registered charities. Dóchas is maintaining a list of Irish charities assisting people in Ukraine: https://www.dochas.ie/whats-new/ukraine-how-you-can-help/
Here is a list of resources that may be of use to anyone who is in contact with people arriving from Ukraine.
The Government has created a one-stop online portal at www.gov.ie/ukraine which outlines the various supports available to people arriving from the conflict in Ukraine. The portal is also available in Ukranian and Russian.
Citizens Information has created a comprehensive guide for people coming to Ireland from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, created the www.help.unhcr.org/Ireland for refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons in Ireland. The website is also available in Ukrainian here: https://help.unhcr.org/ireland/uk/
The Irish Red Cross is coordinating a register of private accommodation for refugees. You can pledge a vacant property or spare room at www.registerofpledges.redcross.ie
People seeking international protection who are already in Ireland and have nowhere to stay can email the International Protection Accommodation Service (IPAS) at email@example.com .
Access to Health Services
Ukrainian nationals arriving in Ireland will be able to get health care services from the HSE, including access to GPs, community care and hospital or emergency care. See www.hse.ie/Ukraine.
Supporting Children and Young People
Barnardos has published a short guide on how to talk to children about war. See: https://www.barnardos.ie/news/2022/february/talking-to-children-about-war
Kerry Volunteer Centre is the designated agency for persons wishing to volunteer their services to assist the refugees. This group are part of the Local Community Forum and members of the
public who wish to volunteer can register their interest in doing so at any time via www.volunteerkerry.ie
In addition, the St Vincent de Paul Society locally has been working very closely with the arriving refugees to provide much needed assistance and have asked for targeted assistance in this regard: www.svp.ie
The three Local Development Companies in Kerry, South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP), North West East Kerry (NEWKD) and IRD Duhallow have been asked by the Department of Rural and Community Development (DRCD) to coordinate activities to support new arrivals from Ukraine, after they have been processed at the point of entry and arrive in locations across the County. The work of the Local Development Companies is supported by organisations working with refugees in the county including the Killarney Immigrant Support Centre and the Tralee International Resource Centre.
Parents Guide to Childcare in English/Ukrainian/Russian
Ukrainian refugees now eligible for temporary Irish driving licences
Ukrainians fleeing the war can now exchange their Ukrainian driving licence for an Irish driving licence, allowing them to legally drive on Irish roads.
Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan made the announcement today, after it was revealed earlier this week that increased public transport services were to be rolled out to support Ukrainians placed in more rural locations.
“After providing housing and shelter, one of the most important things we can do for our Ukrainian guests is to give them with the ability to move around easily, where they are located first, and then throughout the country, where they may have family and friends,” Minister Ryan said.
The Order signed in today allows Ukrainians to exchange their Ukrainian driving licences for an Irish licence on a temporary basis, with the new licence valid for 12 months, and will apply to cars only.
Minister Ryan said that the system “operates much like renting a car if we are in another country, for example, and comes with the same warnings that users must be acutely aware of the rules of the road in that country”.
“I strongly urge anyone applying for an Irish licence to take time to familiarise themselves with the Irish road system,” he added.
Relevant information is now available on the RSA website, while the RSA will have a presence at ferry ports to provide information to Ukrainian refugees arriving by car and we are making arrangements to provide information for all refugees already in the country.
The National Driver Licence Service, which is operated on behalf of the RSA, will now accept applications for licence exchange from Ukrainian refugees.
An application to exchange a licence can be made in any National Driver Licence Service (NDLS) centre. An appointment to attend an NDLS centre can be booked online or by phone at 0818919090.
Offers of support for Ukraine response
With regards to offers of support for the Ukraine response, the OGP has set up a portal for businesses to register their offers. See https://www.gov.ie/en/service/9d222-irelands-humanitarian-response-to-ukraine-crisis-how-businesses-can-help/
New third level Help Desk
contact NSRHelpdesk@mu.ie or call +353 (0)1 474 7788.
Booking for MTU Kerry Campus Open Day
10am – 1pm on Saturday 7th May. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/mtu-kerry-campus-spring-open-day-tickets-295201534737
Contact details for Kerry County Childcare Committee
066 7181582, firstname.lastname@example.org
‘Swift Integration’ –
the app is available in many languages and has lots of information on it about employment, housing, education, citizenship, healthcare, mental health services and so much more. Its very informative and answers alot of questions that the Ukrainians have. Its available for android phones and iPhones. This is the article about it : https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/news/mobile-app-to-help-refugees-resettle-in-ireland-now-available-in-ukrainian-41546121.html
Health Service Executive Information and Resources
For your information, guidance and resources developed by HSE Public Health as part of the HSE response to displaced people fleeing war in Ukraine is available on the HPSC website and can be accessed via the following link: https://www.hpsc.ie/a-z/specificpopulations/migrants/ukrainianrefugees/publichealthresources/
This page contains guidance for managers and staff of congregate settings and for healthcare professionals on
Public Health and Clinical Priorities for displaced people fleeing the war in Ukraine
Prevention and management of COVID-19 in congregate settings
Prevention and management of Norovirus in congregate settings
Minimum Hygiene and Public Health Standards in communal centres
Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases in communal settings
It also contains translated resources and posters related to the topics above. This page will continue to be updated as new and/or updated guidance and resources are published.
Health information specifically for displaced people is available via www.hse.ie/ukraine and is available in Ukrainian, Russian and English.
The HSE National Immunisation Office have developed clinical guidance and patient materials in English, Ukrainian and Russian to support people from Ukraine who require vaccinations. The resources cover vaccines offered to babies, school children, pregnant women, at risk groups and adults. Visit https://bit.ly/NIOUkraine
Irish Red Cross Presentation – Hosting Ukrainian Refugees
Attached, please find a copy of the very informative presentation slides shared with us by the Irish Red Cross following this week’s Webinar about Hosting Ukrainian Refugees.
The Webinar was organised by the Kerry Community Response Forum.