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Cape Clear Community Sponsorship Group

Community sponsorship empowers members of the public who wish to become the face of welcome in their local community and to assume responsibility for providing a range of integration supports to a refugee family.

To participate, like-minded members of the public must come together to form a group of five or more, partner with a Regional Support Organisation (RSO) who will provide training, advice and support, and lodge an applications with the Department of Justice and Equality. Sponsors are asked to commit to providing financial and non-financial supports to a resettled family for eighteen months; and to source suitable housing for two years. Sponsorship groups also play a key role in introducing resettled families to State services, local amenities, educational and language resources and social and professional net-works in the new community in which they have settled.


Community sponsorship is a new way to welcome refugees to Ireland; it is a unique collaboration between Government, UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency), NGOs and civil society.

Cléire Community Sponsorship Group was formed in 2020

The Community Sponsorship Group,in advance of the family’s arrival are asked to plan in detail for the provision of all necessary supports and to demonstrate their preparations through the submission of a settlement plan. RSOs help with this and provide initial feedback once an initial draft is complete. In addition:
All members must attend mandatory training, undergo Garda vetting and fundraise the required amount. The CSG must also source suitable accommodation for a family for 24 months. All members must complete Tusla’s Introduction to Children First e-learning module on Child Safeguarding; and all other mandated safeguarding training and draft a comprehensive Safeguarding Statement.

To date Cléire CSG has partnered with its local RSO Nasc and has received approval from the Dept of Justice and Equality. The members have formed a core group and have adopted a constitution. The garda vetting is complete and soon we will be participating in the mandatory training. 

As part of our committment Cléire CSG need to raise a minimum of €10,000 to support a sponsored family, of which a maximum of €2,000 may be in-kind contributions. All funds raised by the Association will be used in accordance with this Constitution and the Programme guidelines and objectives, as published by the Department of Justice and Equality and will primarily be used to provide a range of financial supports and expenses to the refugee family. If the Association is dissolved for any reason, any funds held by the Association, after the satisfaction of all its debts and liabilities, shall be donated to the Irish Refugee Council, a registered charity.


Contact Details

North Harbour, Cape Clear Island, Cork, IRELAND

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): Cause