Cairde Network

CAIRDE: The Open Community Allies Network is coordinated in close collaboration with Open Doors Initiative and comprises a diverse national network of organisations that share a commitment to maximise the potential of Community Sponsorship in Ireland.

CAIRDE partners pledge to promote Community Sponsorship across their staff and wider networks to encourage the formation of community sponsorship groups where possible. They also share the ethos of Community Sponsorship and agree to work in cooperation with The Open Community and its partners to meet the challenges and realise the unique opportunities presented by Community Sponsorship.
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Irish companies can play a part in welcoming refugees

Jeanne McDonagh, Open Doors Initiative

I became aware of Community Sponsorship at a seminar I went to where three people spoke about it so passionately and eloquently that I immediately…

Ways that Allies Partners can support community sponsorship include:

Promote Community Sponsorship across employee and/or community networks to encourage and support the formation of new groups

Provide industry or sector expertise and funding

Include Community Sponsorship as part of CSR commitments e.g., Commit volunteer days to community sponsorship activities

Provide training and/or employment opportunities

Cairde: The Open Community Allies Network Information Brochure

If you have any questions or require more information on becoming a CAIRDE Partner

The Positive2Work Skillnet is made up of small, medium and large companies from all sectors of the Irish Economy. Positive2Work Skillnet member companies have come together to explore how the intervention of effective strategies, supported by training solutions and people development, can positively impact on the quality of employees working lives and the competitive environment within which network member companies operate. The aim is to create a Positive2Work environment for all employees within the member companies of the Skillnet. To date the Skillnet has delivered IT training, soft skills, management development and health and safety.

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Hello Software develops mobile apps that make it easy for newcomers to navigate and manage life in their new home country.

Arthur Cox is one of Ireland’s leading law firms. For almost 100 years, Arthur Cox has been at the forefront of developments in the legal profession in Ireland. The firm aims to do business in a socially responsible manner and to make a positive contribution in the communities in which it works.

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e-Frontiers was founded in 2006 with all three founding members – Brendan Carroll, Vincent Blake, Paddy Doyle -steeped in careers from consultancy, software development and data. Combining this IT knowledge with excellent recruiters and recruitment processes, e-Frontiers successfully developed a specialist IT recruitment offering. We have a strong team of consultants with operations in Dublin, Madrid, London, New York and Bucharest, providing a broad base of personnel and client companies.

The Open Doors Initiative was established in 2018 and acts as a bridge between organisations that deal with marginalised groups and the corporate sector. The initiative focuses on three client groups: Refugee, asylum seekers and non-native English speakers, Young people under 25 with educational barriers, and People with a disability. Participating companies, of which there are now more than 45, make a pledge to provide opportunities into the workplace including: training, placements, apprenticeships, community supports and employment opportunities.

Boys+Girls work with ambitious brands who believe in the commercial value of entertainment. Smart businesses that recognise the power of creativity to have a measurable effect on their results. Who see that the more entertaining the work the more it is remembered.

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Insurance Ireland is the representative organisation for the insurance sector in Ireland. Ireland is a thriving global hub for insurance, reinsurance and insurtech. Our members represent around 95% of the companies operating in the Irish market, making Insurance Ireland a strong leadership voice for the sector. Insurance Ireland members are progressive, innovative and inclusive, providing competitive and sustainable products and services to customers and businesses.

PILA (Public Interest Law Alliance) is a public interest law network that seeks to engage civil society and the legal community in using the law to advance social change in Ireland. PILA uses law reform, litigation and legal education as tools of change. We approach public interest law work in its broadest sense; not specifically having to involve the courts, but also assisting vulnerable groups to participate in processes that affect them.

Liferay makes software that helps companies create digital experiences on web, mobile and connected devices. Our platform is open source, which makes it more reliable, innovative and secure. We try to leave a positive mark on the world by building a vibrant business, making technology useful, and investing in communities, so that we make it possible for people to reach their full potential to serve others. Hundreds of organizations in financial services, healthcare, government, insurance, retail, manufacturing and multiple other industries use Liferay.

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Matheson is the law firm of choice for internationally focused companies and financial institutions doing business in and from Ireland. Matheson’s core values and its Impactful Business Programme show its dedication to delivering a meaningful, sustainable and measurable impact across its community of clients, communities and colleagues.

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Founded in 1895, Shelbourne Football Club is a leading professional football club based in North Dublin. Shels, as commonly referred to, has won 13 League of Ireland titles along with 10 national cups. The Tolka Park side compete in both the SSE Airtricity League and FAI Women’s National League and has a thriving Academy based at the Athletic Union League in North Dublin with over 450 boys and girls.

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A&L Goodbody is a leading Irish law firm. Our approach is simple. We focus on delivering for our clients, developing brilliant people who enjoy what they do, having a keen insight into our markets and being a responsible business. Our ambition is to always be a step ahead – for our clients, our people and our community.
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University of Sanctuary Ireland  (UoSI) is an Irish initiative to encourage and celebrate the good practice of universities, colleges and other education institutes welcoming refugees, asylum seekers and other migrants into their university communities and fostering a culture of welcome and inclusion for all those seeking sanctuary. We want to spread this culture of welcome across the institutions of higher education all over the island.

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Mason Hayes & Curran is a leading Irish business law firm. It understands the challenges domestic and international organisations face in business and assists clients in meeting their ongoing legal and commercial imperatives through every business life cycle. Corporate social responsibility is a natural fit with the way it does business and it invests in society and communities through a range of focused programmes.
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Threshold Ireland is registered charity providing bespoke, tailored advice and advocacy to those experiencing housing problems in the private rented sector. Our advice and advocacy services are available nationwide, with regional offices in Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Threshold’s aim is to secure a right to housing, particularly for households experiencing the problems of poverty and exclusion. Our vision is an Ireland where everyone has access to affordable, secure, suitable and good quality housing.

Threshold’s services can be accessed via the Tenancy Protection Service Freephone 1800 454 454, and through our Webchat and Online Video

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Translit is a language services provider that offers high-quality certified translation and interpretation services (ISO 9001 & 17100). The Translit team is determined to help refugees fleeing conflict zones and persecution. Translit offers everything from translation of documents to interpreting in immigration, legal and healthcare settings.