Why Are We Here?

New Horizon is a community group which has been working with international protection applicants in Athlone since 2000. Our main focus is on almost 350 residents in Direct Provision sites in Athlone and Horseleap, Moate.

New Horizon is a fully registered charity RCN: 20204649. Check us out on the Charity Regulator Website

We are a group of voluntary, unpaid workers without state funding. We promise total and absolute confidentiality in all our dealings with clients.

As activists, we welcome asylum seekers and refugees and wish to help and support them as they start to rebuild their lives.

This website exists to:

  • Provide useful information about living in Athlone and Ireland.
  • Provide information on how to maintain your physical and mental health
  • Provide information to help you navigate the asylum process.
  • Provide useful information to help you leave the asylum process.

If you just want to browse the information follow the links at the top of the screen.

  • Activity Feed shows what’s going on
  • Projects we are running
  • Information database
  • Cookbook – the taste of home
  • FAQs

Additional services, such as groups and forums, are available to registered users.

If you would like to go further just register here.

Then log in with the ID and password you created.

Activities at New Horizon

  • Access to Bank Accounts
    Banks have broadened the range of identification documents that may be used to open a bank account. BPFI (which represents the five major retail banks…
  • Eid Mubarak
    Wishing everyone a happy and peaceful Eid. .مع كل الحب، البركات، والسلام في هذا اليوم المجيد. عيد فطر سعيد
  • Guide to access to higher education for people in the protection process
    Irish Refugee council is offering training on access to higher education. When: May 6, 2021 10:00am-midday Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUud-yprjktG92fvRaxeRDLGLLMkHLOGL39 Topics: SUSI, CAO, University and IT scholarships, other…
  • Digital skills training for residents
    We have had a very interesting proposal from a new volunteer and some of her contacts in social media business. Would you be interested in doing…
  • Create and Fire Station Artists’ Studios Remote Residency Award
    Deadline: 17 May, 5.30pmWeb: www.create-ireland.ie/projectsubpage/residencies/remote-residency-award/ We are delighted to announce a new Remote Residency, in partnership with Fire Station Artists’ Studios, for collaborative socially engaged artists…
  • Back to Education Allowance (BTEA)
    Protection Applicants who received their status during a course of study can now apply for BTEA and the Daily Allowance is included in the required…