Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project’s mission is to provide information, advocacy, and referral supports to Irish citizens who are leaving Ireland, living abroad, or returning to Ireland, particularly those experiencing difficulty with accessing appropriate supports.
Our mission is derived from that of our parent body, Crosscare—to help those most in need. In our dedicated diaspora remit, this means supporting Irish citizens moving abroad or returning to Ireland, especially marginalised and vulnerable members of the diverse Global Irish community.
In line with Crosscare’s vision of a society where all people have the opportunity to fulfil their full potential, Crosscare Irish Diaspora Support Project strives to empower Irish citizens, wherever they may be, to make informed decisions toward this end via information and advocacy provision pertaining to emigration and return.
Irish diaspora welfare lies at the heart of everything we do. As a Crosscare project, three core values define what we stand for:
- Love: We approach our work with an attitude of service, showing love, care, and kindness in all of our interactions with others
- Respect: We treat all people with a level of respect that they will remember long after support has been received
- Excellence: We strive for excellence in everything we do
These values animate our work affirming the dignity and wellbeing of Irish emigrants—prospective, current, and returned. Our information, advocacy, outreach, and policy efforts are oriented toward strengthening the autonomy and resilience of the diaspora community.
We aim to
- Support Irish citizens leaving Ireland, living abroad, returning, or recently returned to Ireland to access their rights and entitlements
- Connect people with diverse and complex needs (e.g. mental ill-health, under-represented and marginalized groups, people fleeing violence) to appropriate supports
- Work in partnership with Irish Consular Missions and Services, Statutory Bodies, Emigrant Support Programme-funded partners, and other key stakeholders to promote positive outcomes for Global Irish
- Promote informed decision making and access to reliable, factual information through digital communications, training, and events
- Conduct outreach and connect with established or nascent groups in regions outside of those typically associated with Irish emigration
- Inform and contribute to effective policy change and implementation in matters concerning the Irish diaspora
- Conduct research on issues of specific relevance to the Irish diaspora
- Monitor and evaluate the impact of our work
- Be responsive and strategic in our focus, to ensure our work remains relevant and effective and meets the support needs of our target groups