Lismore direct provision centre: the local response

A group of Lismore locals, including Bonnie Holland and Jacinta Johnson (both in the centre, back row) who turned out with around 300 others to the demonstration against the government decision, in the town last Sunday. (Photo: courtesy G. Johnson)

Planning is underway among a group of Lismore locals to help those entering the new direct provision centre to settle and become integrated within the town.

News of this follows as Jane Jermyn of Lismore For All said that members of the group have already met with the manager at the former Lismore Hotel to discuss ways in which their group can help.

“We met the woman who is managing the centre today. Some of our group went in and she was delighted to meet us. It was very positive. It’s not going to be like other direct provisions at all. She was very approachable and she was delighted to hear that there was a mother and toddler group that any of the mothers and toddlers can go to, that the library has a knitting group, and that the Tidy Towns would be delighted to have some volunteers.

“We’re putting together a whole list of things that people can do,” Jane told The Avondhu.

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