FÁILTE ISTEACH, HEATHER! – MONAGHAN’S MIGRANT COMMUNITY SHARES NEW SAFE SPACE WITH MINISTER

18 November 2022 No Comments by The Northern Standard

Representatives of migrant communities in Co Monaghan are pictured by Rory Geary greeting Minister for Social Protection Heather Humphreys on her arrival at the new Monaghan Migrant Support Centre on Monday morning last. Described as “a safe space”, the new drop-in facility on the town’s North Road brings together a range of migrant support services in one easily accessible central locale.

As well as a go-to place for information on rights, entitlements and opportunities, the centre will act as a social nexus and a venue for cultural and integration events. Minister Humphreys performed the official launch of the centre on a morning of engagements with a Social Inclusion Week theme. At Monaghan Garda Headquarters she had presided at the distribution of information packs to the county’s community alert organisations, and in Castleblayney she had launched a new resource initiative for the social enterprise sector. At the migrant centre, she praised the work of Monaghan Integrated Development in addressing the needs of those who would use the facility.

“A strong migrant population supported at all levels enhances the lives of every member of our community,” the Minister declared. Minister Humphreys listened attentively as Support Worker Dzindra McConnon outlined the suite of measures being implemented in Co Monaghan to facilitate the transition to local communities of Ukrainian nationals displaced by Russian aggression.

Minister Humphreys later pointed out that her Department had now issued over 62,000 PPS numbers to people arriving from Ukraine, and was providing income supports to almost 29,000 of their number. Difficulties being faced by residents in Co Monaghan’s direct provision centres in accessing housing and education, and the mental health challenges many were grappling with, were outlined by Intercultural Worker Fergal…

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