We offer advice, practical and emotional support, a shoulder to cry on, friendship, information and guidance at our Drop-in Centre in Dún Laoghaire. We don't have an office or employ staff so all our resources are directed to those we assist.
Those who seek help and assistance from us fall into a number of different categories, such as those:
The unaccompanied minors come from over 28 unsettled and troubled countries. When the Dún Laoghaire Refugee Project (DRP) began in 2001 there were a number of hostels for asylum seekers in the greater Dún Laoghaire area, many of whom were separated children (teenagers under 18) without parents/guardians, also referred to as "unaccompanied minors".
Many of the young people had ‘aged-out’ (i.e. had reached their 18th birthday) by early 2006 when all of the hostels in the area had been closed. The young people were moved into adult hostels in Dublin city centre. They continued to come out to us and they brought their friends.
Many of those with Refugee Status and Leave to Remain are living in Dublin and surrounding counties. They keep in contact and help us provide support to those who are still in the asylum system.