Gofundme have requested that we update this page for them to release all remaining funds into my personal bank account. The reasons for this are threefold:
2. We collected on behalf of asylum seekers.
3. We could not set up as a charity with a separate bank account in the tight timeframe, this is something FFN will discuss at our next meeting for consideration in running the fundraiser again next year, if Direct Provision sadly still exists in Ireland.
As stated on our photo update we delivered 180 vouchers to our neighbours in Balseskin Direct Provision Centre on Saturday 22nd of December. We are due to return on Thursday 9th of January at 7pm to deliver more vouchers; if gofundme releases all remaining funds on time we will do this. If there are further delays in gofundme releasing funds we will reschedule for next Thursday 16th of January at 7pm and likely another weekend day in January as well. This is because as stated on our photo update we have to physically give the vouchers to each person individually face:face.
Raising over €7 grand for our neighbours in direct provision has been such a beautiful and generous act of community from everyone living in Ireland who donated, not just to our fundraiser; but also to the sense that incarcerating asylum seekers in direct provision is wrong and must end. What we have done here by making a stand against direct provision is a beautiful and kind achievement.
Our work continues to end direct provision in Ireland.
Thank you all very much; in solidarity, Lauren
Following last year's success of collecting €945 worth of phone credit / One4All vouchers for the residents of our local direct provision centre in Balseskin; we're running the initiative again.
These vouchers would make it a bit easier for our neighbours, living in direct provision, to contact their families and friends over the holiday period. €10 = 1 hour call! The One4All vouchers can be used towards other holiday expenses. No amount is too small, or too large.
Our neighbours living in direct provision in Ireland have the following entitlements:
Personal welfare entitlements
Your accommodation is full board, which includes bed, breakfast, lunch, and evening meal. This known as direct provision.
Each person in direct provision gets a Daily Expenses Allowance. The Daily Expenses Allowance (formerly called a Direct Provision Allowance) weekly rate is €29.80 for children and €38.80 for adults (from week beginning 25 March 2019).
You may be entitled to assistance towards clothing when you arrive and to other exceptional needs from time to time. The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection's representative (formerly known as the Community Welfare Officer) will advise you on this.
You will not be entitled to Rent Supplement as your accommodation is paid for.
€29.80–€38.80 p/w is very little money, and leaves our neighbours with extremely limited funds for daily and/or seasonal personal expenses. Our neighbours in direct provision are seeking asylum in Ireland and are a most welcome part of our community. There are many ways to support asylum seekers in Ireland, gift giving is just one of them.
We at Fingal Feminist Network fully support the inclusion of asylum seekers and refugees in our communities, and are involved in activism at grassroots levels to end direct provision in Ireland. If you would like to join our network please get in touch via our Facebook page.
The campaign will end on Sunday the 15th of December, just so we can get the vouchers to Balseskin residents in advance of Christmas week.
Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir!
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