Привит! New Cork website to link Ukrainian refugees to vital information and all ready to help across rebel county

Ukrainian refugees seeking refuge in Cork will be able to use a new dedicated website which will serve as a comprehensive and easy-to-use resource for most of the information they need.

The “Pryvit Cork” (or Привiт Cork) website will go live next week, starting with links to information on employment, housing, education, local sports clubs, aid organizations and as much information as possible about life in Ireland. This is part of wider efforts on Cork Aid For Ukraine.

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The regional website, believed to be the first of its kind in Ireland, will also aim to link businesses, organizations and people in Cork who can offer help, services or support to the hundreds of Ukrainians who have started arrive from war torn. European country.

Its creators believe it could be replicated in counties and towns across Ireland and would be happy to offer advice to those interested.

With entire towns destroyed by Russian invaders and tens of thousands of civilian casualties in towns like Mariupol, the vast majority of refugees will be women and young children, Ukrainian men aged 18 to 60 have been ordered to stay and fight for the freedom of their country.

At present, many new arrivals from the war-torn country are staying in temporary accommodation including gyms across the country.

Pat Kierans of the Cork-based marketing firm Diyaho was part of a team that worked on the website, with the help of a hastily assembled informal committee of councilors such as Cork City Council, the Cork Business Association, the Cork Chamber of Commerce and local aid agencies.

“We were talking in the office about what we could do to help Ukrainians arriving in Cork, something practical, using the skills we have, and we created a website specifically for Ukrainians in Cork and anyone who can help them.” Pat told CorkBeo.

“It’s going live next week, we’re aiming for Wednesday, we’ve had graphic designers, web designers, anyone we can think of who can help, volunteering their time to get this ready.”

Pat says the website will start with practical information about services and help – but they hope to act as a link between organizations and people in Cork who can offer anything from clothing and childcare to dentistry and day trips.

“We don’t intend to create a GroupOn site where people can offer 10% off meals or anything. But we know there are all kinds of people and businesses out there who want do their part.”

“So let’s say there was a dentist in Cork City or some town who was willing to spend two hours a week looking after children, we would put him in place and put him in touch with people who might need some help.”

Pat said all offers are welcome – if there’s a business that could host children for a little party or an afternoon, if there are local employers who want to offer jobs, whatever either, if it helps, it’s welcome.

Pat says the website will necessarily start small, but they expect it to grow, evolve and respond quickly to the needs of refugees and those trying to help them. The boss of the marketing company says that, to put it simply, Pryvit Cork will be a tool that can be used by everyone.

“It’s a platform, we’re building it, we’d like as many people as possible to get involved and just use it to connect those who can help and those who need it.”

Pat says the ideal scenario would be for the website to do good for as long as needed – and shut down as soon as possible, which would mean women and children forced from their homes by brutal war could return to safety.

* If you think you can help with Pryvit Cork – you can contact Pat and his team at [email protected] and be sure to tag him Pryvit Cork.

Edwin S. Wolfe