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Welcome to The Open Community, the national support organisation for Ireland’s Community Sponsorship Programme for Refugees.

Slide - Janet
“I did not hesitate to get involved and for me it was about shared humanity.”
Janet standing by the trees - The Open Community
Slide - Paul
“If you could do one thing in your life, something practical, human to human, for one family, community sponsorship is it.”
Slide - Lynne
“They are here on trust. They are hoping that they will finally be safe.”
Lynne' Story - The Open Community
Slide - Anna
“You can look and say how awful the situation is, or you can be a doer. The reward of welcoming a family is magical.”
Anna's Story - The Open Community
Slide - Shahera
“No one wants to be forced to leave their country. It’s destroyed now, they’ve destroyed everything.”
Shahera's Story - The Open Community

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Training and Support for Hosts and Host Communities

Access a range of training, resources and supports designed to help hosts and host communities to welcome and assist refugees as they arrive and integrate into new lives in Ireland.