Who we are
The Irish community is made up of many inspirational organisations and individuals but what is our role in this community?
Why do we exist?
We exist as the keystone of our community: the organisation that people look to for leadership; the organisation that makes things happen and we do this by working with others and providing a central and cohesive source of ideas, support and direction.
We are driven by the creativity and energy of our members and wider community and value their expertise and knowledge. We thrive on this to create conversations to lead, champion and connect the Irish in Britain.
We have purposefully used the word ‘keystone’ to create a stand out proposition about what we do and why we exist. We are more than an ‘umbrella’ group, more than just a ‘representative body’ and not just the sole ‘voice’ for the community. We are the keystone – a vital part that connects and reflects the whole community.
Established back in 1973 when the Northern and Southern Federations came together to create a single national body, our purpose was to bring together these many voices – to share expertise, to represent, to campaign for and support the growth and well–being of your community and the infrastructure around it.
This offer stands today. The clubs, groups, services and societies and the individuals that make up our membership play an integral part in bringing ‘Irish in Britain’ to life.
We deliver work in a number of different areas:
Research into the Irish community in Britain
Policy and lobbying for the Irish community on a range issues – form welfare reforms to dementia services
Parliamentary work – providing the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on the Irish in Britain
Campaigning – from working to secure an ‘Irish’ category for the first time in the 2001 Census to raising the profile of the Irish cultural contribution to Britain through our Ireland inspires initiative or providing the template for memory–loss/dementia friendly communities through our Cuimhne strategy.
Community Development – providing advice, guidance and support to Irish Clubs, groups and societies across Britain to help ensure their sustainability and growth