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Offer a home, offer hope for Ukraine

Do you have a house, apartment or holiday home that’s not in use at the moment? Please consider offering it for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

Waterford City & County Council is appealing for offers of unoccupied properties to provide temporary homes for Ukrainian people and families.

The renewed call is part of a government initiative, led by local authorities.

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine.

Under the programme, Waterford City & County Council will take offers of houses, apartments or holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use by Ukrainian people and families.

Property owners can offer homes at gov.ie/offerahome or by contacting the local authority in which the property is located.

Find out more at gov.ie/offerahome

This is not a call for shared properties. If you have a shared property or room to offer, please contact the Irish Red Cross.

What’s involved?

Step 1
Offer your property at offerahome.ie or by contacting the local authority for your property.

Step 2
The local authority will contact you to confirm some details, discuss the process with you and answer any queries you may have.

Step 3
If you are happy to proceed, and your property is suitable, the local authority will arrange to assess the property. This is because properties must meet certain minimum standards and the assessment also helps to ensure the local authority can find the best match for the property.

Step 4
The local authority will let you know if the property meets the required standard.

If the property meets the required standards, the local authority will begin work to match the property to the most suitable Ukrainian person or family in need of accommodation.

If the property does not meet the required standards, the local authority will give you further information on what the issues were and how they might be addressed.

Step 5
When a suitable Ukrainian person or family has been identified and has agreed that they wish to take up the offer, the local authority will notify you and they will facilitate contact between you and the person or family.

The local authority will also provide you with a template licence agreement, which you can choose to adapt or sign with the beneficiary before they move in.

After move-in and during the stay
Throughout the arrangement, the local authority will maintain contact with you and with the Ukrainian person or family and offer support if necessary.

Full information is available at gov.ie/offerahome or by contacting your local authority.

FREE Film Screening: Voices of Ukraine – 1st March

FREE Film Screening: Voices of Ukraine / Кінопоказ-Голоси України – Hooligan Art Community

Garter Lane Arts Centre, Wednesday 1 March at 10:30am

Hooligan Art Community is an independent theatre company established in Kyiv, Ukraine, in 2019. The group make performances, films and installations in non-traditional spaces that explore the dynamic relationship between actor and audience. The group has worked entirely outside of the state theatre system creating work that advocates for freedom of expression and equality.

Hooligan Arts Community, a collective of six displaced artists from Kyiv.

Кінопоказ-Голоси України- Hooligan Art Community

Коли: Середа, 1 Березня 2023

10.30-11.30 ранку

Де: Garter Lane Theatre, Waterford

Вхід безкоштовний, але необхідна реєстрація тут:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/film-screening-voices-of-ukraine-hooligan-art-community-tickets-527854927297

Hooligan Art Community представляє:

IN THE FIELD (У полі) -20 хвиллин, 2020. Це історіі трьох артистів і те як ці люди персонально адаптувалися до ситуаціі під час  пандеміі Covid-19. Це три  відповіді  на свободи і заборони з якими вони зіткнулися  під час локдаунів.

24.RECONSTRUCTION (24.Реконструкція)- 13 хвилин, 2022 презентує досвід п’яти Українських артисток про те як вони після повномасштабного вторгнення Росії вУкраїну пристосовуються до життя у Германії.

Через ліричну поезію і відео фільм розказує про втрату відчуття реальності і дисоціацію у цих жінок,  пов’язані з вимушеним переїздом в іншу країну.

Дискусія після показу фільму дасть змогу розказати більше про поточну роботу компаніі Hooligan’s.

У Серпні 2022 року ця компанія возз’єдналася у місті Лондон, де створила новий проект- виставу «Bunker Cabaret». Цей твір буде виконано  у  Великій кімнаті Меріі міста Waterford ( The Large Room, City Hall)  2-3 Березня 2023 року, щоб відзначити роковини повномасштабного вторгнення.

Цей показ фільму став можливим завдяки підтримці «Голосів України», Europe Direct Waterford, Garter Lane Arts Centre та Theatre Royal, Waterford.

Hooligan Art Community — це незалежна театральна компанія, заснована в Києві, Україна, у 2019 році. Група створює вистави, фільми та інсталяції в нетрадиційних просторах, які досліджують динамічні відносини між актором і глядачем. Група працювала повністю поза державною театральною системою, створюючи роботу, яка виступає за свободу самовираження та рівність.

Реєстрація для перегляду фільму на сайті є безкоштовною але необхідною:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/film-screening-voices-of-ukraine-hooligan-art-community-tickets-527854927297

Survey regarding Community Recognition Fund 2023 launched

The Community Recognition Fund 2023 (‘the Fund’) aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The funding is specifically targeted at projects that are located in communities, towns and villages where the highest levels of new arrivals are located – see target areas below.  Projects must be capital in nature and cannot be used to fund or co-fund existing financial commitments from any Government Scheme already approved.

Waterford City & County Council would like to have your input of what community capital projects you would like to see developed or enhanced under this fund.   Projects must directly address local needs and be capable of being delivered over the course of 2023 and early 2024.

Waterford City & County Council will consider all survey submissions before submitting a funding proposal application to the Department of Rural & Community Development.

Target areas:

Areas that have or will host greater than 50 arrivals from the Ukraine and other countries will receive Priority 1 status when assessing submitted projects.   Those areas are:     Waterford City, Tramore, Dungarvan, Lismore & Tallow.

Areas that have or will host greater than 10 arrivals will receive Priority 2 status as follows:  Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden/Ballyduff Lower, Ballymacarbry, An Rinn, Ardmore, Cappoquin, Faithlegg, Passage East & Dunmore East.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 4pm, Thursday February 16th.

Survey regarding Community Recognition Fund 2023 launched

The Community Recognition Fund 2023 (‘the Fund’) aims to support the development of community infrastructure and facilities in recognition of the contribution being made by communities across the country in welcoming and hosting significant numbers of arrivals from Ukraine and other countries.

The funding is specifically targeted at projects that are located in communities, towns and villages where the highest levels of new arrivals are located – see target areas below.  Projects must be capital in nature and cannot be used to fund or co-fund existing financial commitments from any Government Scheme already approved.

Waterford City & County Council would like to have your input of what community capital projects you would like to see developed or enhanced under this fund.   Projects must directly address local needs and be capable of being delivered over the course of 2023 and early 2024.

Waterford City & County Council will consider all survey submissions before submitting a funding proposal application to the Department of Rural & Community Development.

Target areas:

Areas that have or will host greater than 50 arrivals from the Ukraine and other countries will receive Priority 1 status when assessing submitted projects.   Those areas are:     Waterford City, Tramore, Dungarvan, Lismore & Tallow.

Areas that have or will host greater than 10 arrivals will receive Priority 2 status as follows:  Kilmacthomas, Kilmeaden/Ballyduff Lower, Ballymacarbry, An Rinn, Ardmore, Cappoquin, Faithlegg, Passage East & Dunmore East.

TAKE THE SURVEY HERE

The deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest is 4pm, Thursday February 16th.

Recruitment : Refugee Matching & Relationship Officer, Ukrainian Resettlement Team

As part of Waterford City & County Council’s ongoing support for Ukrainian refugees, the Council has now put in place a Resettlement Team tasked with assessing, inspecting, and matching refugees with the registered pledged properties.

With this in mind, the Council is now recruiting for a “Refugee Matching and Relationship Manager” on a 1 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT, based in Dungarvan.

Closing date for this position is Friday the 10th of February. 

** APPLY ONLINE HERE **

Recruitment : Refugee Matching & Relationship Officer, Ukrainian Resettlement Team

As part of Waterford City & County Council’s ongoing support for Ukrainian refugees, the Council has now put in place a Resettlement Team tasked with assessing, inspecting, and matching refugees with the registered pledged properties.

With this in mind, the Council is now recruiting for a “Refugee Matching and Relationship Manager” on a 1 YEAR FIXED TERM CONTRACT, based in Dungarvan.

Closing date for this position is Friday the 10th of February. 

** APPLY ONLINE HERE **

New appeal for Waterford properties to house Ukrainian people

Waterford City and County Council is appealing to those who have unoccupied properties to offer them as temporary homes for those fleeing war in Ukraine.

The call is part of a new government initiative, led by local authorities, to make use of unoccupied houses, apartments or holiday homes to house Ukrainian people and families.

A tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available for properties used to house those arriving from Ukraine. This payment rate applies from December 1st 2022.

More than 60,000 people have arrived to Ireland from Ukraine seeking safety and the vast majority need accommodation.

Under a new programme, Waterford City and County Council will take offers of houses, apartments or holiday homes for temporary accommodation, liaise with owners to assess suitability, and arrange for their use by Ukrainian people and families.

Those who offer a property can expect to be contacted by the council within 5 working days of making their offer and an assessment of the property will be carried out by Waterford Council staff shortly after.  The assessment is to ensure the property is habitable and to get some details so it can be matched to the most appropriate person or family. 

Anybody who offers a property will be able to check the status of their offer at any stage through the website www.offerahome.ie.  

This is a call for stand-alone properties that are not occupied by others. Properties should be in liveable condition and, ideally, available for at least 6 months.  While rent will not be payable to those who offer properties, a tax-free recognition payment of €800 per month is available from the Department of Social Protection to those who offer accommodation to Ukrainians.

Appealing to the people of Waterford to offer unused properties, Sinéad Breathnach, WCCC Ukrainian Refugee Lead said, “The Irish and particularly Waterford people have shown incredible support for the people of Ukraine. We know that people are very anxious to help where they can so we’re appealing to anybody who has a house, apartment, or holiday home here in Waterford that they’re not using at the moment to consider offering it to those who need shelter and safety from war.

“We understand that it can be daunting to offer a property to someone you don’t know. That is why dedicated Waterford Council staff will work with you throughout the process and be there to offer support while your property is being used.

“If you have a property that is otherwise going to be empty this winter, please consider offering it for those who badly need a safe home for a while,” Ms. Breathnach concluded.

To offer a property or for more information, visit www.offerahome.ie or make contact with Waterford Council at email offerahome@waterfordcouncil.ie or by telephone on 058 22059.

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For further information:

Sinéad Breathnach
Ukrainian Community Response and Accommodation Lead
Community & Sports Department
Waterford City & County Council

Notes

  • Under this programme, local authorities are seeking offers of stand-alone properties that are not occupied by others and have their own entrance door and all the main facilities required for independent living.
  • This is not a call for properties that would be shared with the owner or others. Pledges of shared accommodation may be made via the Irish Red Cross.
  • The public can offer a property by setting up an account at offerahome.ie or by contacting the local authority in which the property is located. Contact details for Waterford Council are offerahome@waterfordcouncil.ie or 058 22059.
  • Properties need to be habitable and must meet certain health and safety standards, agreed by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage.
  • The local authority will arrange to assess properties to make sure these standards are met.
  • Ideally, properties would be available for 6 months or longer.
  • Offers will not result in rental arrangements, and rent will not be paid. However, it is recommended that the owner and beneficiaries enter into a licence agreement. A template licence agreement can be provided by the local authority.
  • The Government has introduced a Recognition Payment Scheme for those who provide accommodation to Ukrainians. Under this scheme, a monthly flat rate of €800 per property is payable to all those hosting Ukrainian temporary protection beneficiaries. The payment linked to a minimum hosting commitment of 6 months.

Ukrainian kids star in children’s football tournament

10 серпня у Дубліні відбулася безпрецедентна подія: перший турнір з дитячого футболу  між командами українських переселенців.  Український дитячий ФК «Дунгарван-Україна», заснований молодим тренером з Києва Дмитром Косіним, зустрівся у дружньому поєдинку зі столичними командами ФК «Динамо-Дублін» під керівництвом тренера Володимира Khrystych.

Дангарван представляли три команди з українських хлопчиків та дівчаток. Вік найменшої учасниці – 5 рочків, найстаршого – 15. І всіх їх поєднує непереможне захоплення футболом.

Загалом у змаганнях взяло участь понад 80 дітей. Це видатна подія не лише для Ірландії, але й для Європи. Юні українці-дунгарванці  показали себе досить пристойно. За результатами турніру маленькі футболісти привезли до Дунгарвану пам’ятні медалі та 4 кубки, які відтепер будуть експонуватися  у Дунгарванському центрі українських переселенців.

Але для організаторів заходу головною нагородою стали щасливі дитячі усмішки – адже завдяки змаганням діти отримали безцінну нагоду поспілкуватися з однолітками, які говорять однією з ними мовою, проявити себе та хоч трохи відволіктися від жахливих подій на батьківщині.

Сподіваємося, що це – лише початок, і юні українці й надалі множитимуть футбольну славу Дунгарвану.

On August 10th, an unprecedented event took place in Dublin: the first children’s football tournament between teams of Ukrainian immigrants. Ukrainian children’s FC “Dungarvan-Ukraine”, founded by a young coach from Kyiv, Dmytro Kosin, played a friendly match with FC “Dynamo-Dublin” under the leadership of coach Volodymyr Khrystych.

Dungarvan was represented by three teams of Ukrainian boys and girls. The youngest participant was a 5 year old girl and the oldest a boy of 15, all of them united by an invincible passion for football.

In total, more than 80 children took part in the competition. This is an outstanding event not only for Ireland but also for Europe. Young Ukrainians from Dungarvan gave a good account of themselves, bringing back to Dungarvan commemorative medals and 4 cups, which are now exhibited in the Dungarvan Rest Centre for Ukrainian refugees.

For the organizers of the event, the main reward was the happy children’s smiles. Thanks to the competition, the children got a priceless opportunity to communicate with their peers, to show their ability and to get away from the terrible events in their homeland for a while.

We hope that this is only the beginning, and the young Ukrainians will continue to increase the football glory of Dungarvan.

Modeligo Community comes together in solidarity with Ukraine

Modeligo Community comes together in solidarity with Ukraine

The west Waterford community of Modeligo is preparing to welcome two Ukrainian families this month, as renovations on the area’s old parochial house near completion.  The works have been driven by the newly formed Modeligo Community Development group, which is busy preparing to meet the new families.

Pat Fitzgerald, chair of the group said, “Our group came together in response to the refugee crisis with a view to seeing what we could do here in Modeligo.  Five weeks later, thanks to the help of many people, we have a house ready to accommodate two families.”

Appeals were sent to the wider community on social media and via radio with the response from locals and tradespeople being “very positive” according to Kevin Hickey, project manager of the renovation.  Users of Facebook have also been able to keep up with progress on the project with one post thanking the long list of fantastic trades who came and supported the project.

Ivan Grimes, Waterford City and County Council’s Director of Services for Housing commented that “while the humanitarian crisis has proved a challenge, the local authority is now in a position to move some families out of our 4 rest centres, including the two families who will benefit from this excellent community initiative in Modeligo – two women and six children – who were previously accommodated here in Waterford city.”

On Friday last, 13th May, Olena A, Vera, and Olena S along with their children, paid a visit to the parochial house to view the community efforts, and the area, for themselves.  The three boys and a girl will start at the local national school, and two older girls will start secondary school at Blackwater Community School.  The children were welcomed with open arms by the teachers and pupils and are very much looking forward to starting their new journey.

Sinéad Breathnach of Waterford City and County Council’s Response Team added,  “The families are most grateful to the people of Waterford and Modeligo in particular, and are looking forward to their move to long term accommodation and integrating into the Modeligo community.”

A dedicated phone line and email address have been set up by the Council to receive pledges of accommodation for Ukrainian refugees at pledge@waterfordcouncil.ie or by calling 058 22059.

Urgent request for Emergency Shelter & Accommodation

Waterford City & County Council is seeking emergency shelter and accommodation facilities in Waterford City & County for refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Vacant and shared properties are urgently required for a minimum period of six to twelve months.

To pledge your accommodation or property,  please contact the Waterford City and County Council by emailing pledge@waterfordcouncil.ie or by telephone to 058 22059 between the hours of 10am to 7pm seven days a week.

Urgent request for Emergency Shelter & Accommodation

Waterford City & County Council is seeking emergency shelter and accommodation facilities in Waterford City & County for refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Vacant and shared properties are urgently required for a minimum period of six to twelve months.

To pledge your accommodation or property,  please contact the Waterford City and County Council by emailing pledge@waterfordcouncil.ie or by telephone to 058 22059 between the hours of 10am to 7pm seven days a week.

Urgent request for Emergency Shelter & Accommodation

Waterford City & County Council is seeking emergency shelter and accommodation facilities in Waterford City & County for refugees fleeing the conflict in Ukraine.

Vacant and shared properties are urgently required for a minimum period of six to twelve months.

To pledge your accommodation or property,  please contact the Waterford City and County Council by emailing pledge@waterfordcouncil.ie or by telephone to 058 22059 between the hours of 10am to 7pm seven days a week.

Closing today : Project Support Coordinators

Waterford City & County Council is recruiting a number of Project Support Coordinators to assist in the co-ordination of the response in and between the emergency accommodation shelters. The role will involve assisting with planning, monitoring and reacting to the needs of Ukrainian refugees as they arrive.

The Project Support Coordinators will ensure all premises, supplies and resources are used effectively, to the maximum benefit of those using the shelters.

For full details please see Information Booklet. Completed applications must be submitted through this link.

The latest date for accepting fully completed Application Forms via online link is Thursday, 14th April at 13:00.

Dungarvan’s overwhelming response to Ukrainian refugee plight

Waterford City and County Council has expressed its gratitude to the people of Dungarvan for their overwhelming response to the Ukrainian refugee plight.

Last weekend, fifty-five Ukrainian nationals, fleeing the Russian onslaught arrived in Dungarvan Sports Centre where they will be accommodated temporarily.

Sinéad Breathnach, Community Lead, thanked the people of Dungarvan and West Waterford for their response to the crisis.  “We initially put out a call to local businesses and community groups to assist us with the provision of essentials such as clothes, bedding and shopping vouchers and we have been inundated.”

“Local people, community groups and businesses have shown a tremendous generosity of spirit and have come in their droves with essentials such as clothes, new bedwear, white goods and food.  It’s hard not be affected by the devastating images we see of what is happening in Ukraine and people genuinely want to help in any way they can.  Their donations are helping to make such a traumatic, life-altering experience a little more comforting.”

The emergency accommodation has been greatly enhanced by the addition of items such as couches and TVs which have been donated by local businesses.  Waterford City and County Council is also supporting local business by purchasing all the necessary provisions from local providers.

“While it is only a stop gap for those who have fled Ukraine in search of safety, we feel it is crucial that the refugees feel welcome.  We are ensuring that their specific culinary and dietary needs are catered for, that they have access to online library services and that the necessary meetings with the relevant agencies such as Department of Social Protection and Department of Education are being set up with the help of translators.”

Of the fifty-five Ukrainian refugees in Dungarvan Sports Centre, twenty-two are aged between 2 and 19, with the remainder aged up to 67 years of age.

The Community Response Forum was established in Waterford last month by Waterford City and County Council to put in place the necessary structures and supports that are required for Ukrainian refugees arriving in Waterford.

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