The Transition year students in Portlaoise College are completing their Young Social Innovators project ‘T for refugees’. T stands for tolerance. The aim of the project is to promote tolerance for Syrian Refugees as well as taking part in aid collection with ‘Jacket off your Back.

9 million refugees have fled their homes and are living in harsh conditions on the mountainsides in Europe. Many of these are children at risk of disease and malnutrition.

The students in Portlaoise college have been collecting jackets,blankets,sleeping bags and winter clothes for both children and adults. At this stage a sleeping bag could save someones life.

We want to promote and help with this serious issue. These people have fled their war torn countries, children have no school to attend and the environment is not safe.

Young social Innovators provide students with an opportunity to get involved in social issues, to take action and make a difference.

The students are working hard, this is the second time for Portlaoise College to become involved and the TY students are eager to be active social innovators.