About the Centre
The Ballinamore Accommodation Centre opened in 2019 for families and individuals who are in the International Protection process (also known as ‘asylum seekers’). People seek asylum because they are fleeing persecution in their home country or because they would be at risk of serious harm if they returned to their home country.
Families will move into the centre on a phased basis while their international protection claims are being examined. It is anticipated that approximately 25 families will live in the centre while their claims for asylum are being examined.
Investing in the local community
Following a call for expressions of interest for accommodation that was placed in the national media last year, the premises in Ballinamore was offered to the then Department of Justice and Equality by Townbe.
Significant refurbishment work has since been carried out, including improvements to the residential units and offices.
The accommodation is comprised of 25 own door apartments. The centre provides independent living to the residents and give families and individuals the privacy and space necessary for normal day-to-day activities.
Residents also have access to a recreational area and a children’s playground.
Becoming part of the community
Integration has hugely positive effects for both communities and centres alike by increasing friendships and understanding, while also building a richer multicultural community.
A Friends of the Centre group has been established in the Ballinamore Accommodation Centre. This initiative brings residents, community and voluntary groups together with a view to increasing integration opportunities and providing for the development of greater community linkages with the local residents and the centre.
If you are interested in getting involved and becoming a Friend of the Centre, please click here
In addition, a local Activities Co-ordinator will be responsible for actively encouraging integration initiatives and opportunities for all residents. They will develop strong collaborative working relationships with sporting, cultural and community projects and groups in the area that can cater for the recreational needs of all of residents.