TIRC is very successfully running beginner conversation English classes; intermediate English classes and one to one English Classes. This is the core of TIRC’s work and central to their support of integration of service users as without the language integration is very difficult. Regular English classes are held in the centre on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and are taught at two levels: Beginners and Intermediate. The Beginners classes are from 2-3pm and the Intermediate classes take place from 12-1pm. All classes must be pre-booked and learners must register in advance.
“They come through the door with only a few words of English but when they come to our class everyday and with the assistance and help of our volunteers, you can see a remarkable improvement over a short space of time”.
International Friends Group
This is a group that meets every Thursday evening at TIRC from 7-9pm.
The main objective of the group is to address a number of the issues surrounding the men living in the Direct Provision centre, Atlas House. TIRC provides a place for all members to gather, socialise, integrate and discuss/voice any concerns or issues they may be facing. The members of the group are made up of the international community in Tralee i.e. asylum seekers, refugees, African, Mid-eastern, Asian, South American, Europeans and the local Irish Community. The group helps integrate the international community into the local one here in Tralee.
The International Friends Group takes place the whole year round. The favourite activity of the group is cooking! They have gone on many memorable outings, including hiking up Torc mountain, wall climbing in Dingle, and surfing in Banna to name a few!
Guitar classes for young people and adults take place from October to end of March each year with volunteer teacher Dave Rath. The dedicated students made tremendous progress over the months, and it is great to see integration through music.
Activities and Events
TIRC regularly organise training courses and workshops to respond to the needs of our service users these include a transition programme for people leaving Direct Provision to help them settle in the community, Sexual Health training, Employment workshops, Mental Health workshops and many more.
We organise and participate in many intercultural events including marking International Women’s Day (March 8th), St Patricks Day (March 17th ), Africa Day (May 25th); World Refugee Day (June 20th), Eid, which we organise in partnership with Kerry Islamic Outreach Society, and also a Christmas party for all the children in Direct Provision.
TIRC Women’s Group
The group is an integrated group that is open to other women in the local community. The group takes part in a variety of projects:-
- ‘Meet and Chat’ coffee morning,
- Arts &crafts session,
- cooking classes run by members who share their different skills.
These meetings were very beneficial to all participants as they are able to share skills, information and cultures.