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Newsletter May 2017


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Dr Mary Tilki running a Dementia Awareness Workshop at the Haringey Irish Centre

Hello friends, A chairde

Hope you’ve been enjoying your Bank Holiday weekends! This month’s newsletter is jam–packed with useful information including all you need to know for the general election next month, how to make some massive savings on your overheads, the buzz topic Brexit, our latest policy reports and of course, some amazing upcoming events. Also, keep scrolling down to find out some interesting stats from our website – evidence of the excellent exposure we offer our members and we look forward to continuing our great work together.

From all of us at Irish in Britain
Brexit | Catch up | Health | Sustainability | News from our members | Policy

General Elections 8 June 2017

It’s nearly time to vote for the next UK government, remember to get your vote in. There are millions of Irish people living in the UK – your involvement makes a difference.

Find out what you need to know about the general election next month including how to get information on each party’s policies and how to place your vote.


Information on Ireland’s Brexit priorities   

Four headline challenges have been identified and prioritised by the Government as major political issues. 

See the information booklet for full details of each priority as well as a key document highlighting the negotiations on the UK’s withdrawal from Europe.

Ireland after Brexit: A panel discussion 22 May

Head over to the panel discussion as part of the University of Liverpool’s Open House Festival 2017 featuring HE Dan Mulhall (Irish Ambassador to Britain) as one of the panelists. Find out more and book your space.

BBC Radio 4: Northern Ireland and Brexit

Check out BBC Radio 4’s piece on the economic and business prospects for Northern Ireland after Brexit.

General catch up 

Competition: We’ve got a pair of theatre tickets up for grabs!

We’re giving away tickets to I Hear You and Rejoice at the Tricycle Theatre in London starring the renowned Mikel Murfi. Enter for a chance to win via our Facebook or Twitter channels. Winner picked at random on 30 May 2017.


National Clubs Forum – hosted by Leeds Irish Centre

We received positive feedback on our forum, which featured specialist funding consultant David Oldroyd who advised on the different funding streams available, Stephen Nutter an expert from Wheatley Financial Services who talked about the pension enrolment guidelines and Charlotte Appleton and Daniel Hartley from Visual Trailer discussing the importance of social media and websites. Contact John Gradwell to host the next forum, or if you’re interested in a social media training session. finally some feel–good shopping

Now your everyday shopping can be done online via to ensure a portion of your spending goes to a good cause such as our Cuimhne Project.

New Twitter account for the Cuimhne Project

Follow us at @CuimhneProject to keep up to date with information for people with memory loss and their carers.

Bibliography of Research 2017 edition

See our updated research overview and annotated bibliography.

Feel free to share the link across all your channels.


Today 9 May: Surviving or Thriving

A public conversation to mark Mental Health Awareness Week Join us in London as we unite with Mind Yourself and ICAP to discuss mental health in relation to the Irish community. Find out more and reserve your place.

Dementia Awareness Week 14–20 May 

We’ve put together a UK–wide list of the wonderful services our members offer for older Irish people with memory loss and their carers. Also, pop over to Alzheimers UK’s website to see the many events around the UK that week.


Health on the Margins conference 27 June

Physical and mental ill health is disproportionately concentrated in disadvantaged groups that feel marginalised. Dr Mary Tilki will be speaking at the Health on the Leeds Gate conference: emerging practice in health access for excluded people. This one–day conference will focus on the aspirations within marginalised communities. Find out more and book your ticket.

Cuimhne Project blog 

We’re still working hard on our project funded by the City Bridge Trust to empower volunteers to help older Irish people with memory loss lead happier lives. Check out the latest blog on our Dementia Awareness Workshop and get in touch to become a champion in a local centre.


IiB Solutions Ltd: Irish in Britain’s new trading arm coming soon

IIB Solutions is designed to help you save on your overheads to increase sustainability or profits. We’ve already negotiated some excellent savings for you and we’re on route to having many more. The discounts will include utility bills as well as commercial and domestic insurance policies, holidays, electric goods and more. We’ll let you know when we goes live, watch this space.

In Kind Direct: an innovative charity that could help you

In Kind Direct sorts and distributes consumer goods donated by companies to charities and they’ve helped 2 million people already. They work with over 8,000 not–for–profit organisations and 1,000 donors to ensure that everyone has access to life’s essentials and that no usable product goes to waste. If this sounds like something that could benefit the communities you work with, then find out more and join the InKind Direct community.

Technology Trust Exchange: you could save on your next tech order 

TT Exchange has negotiated with some of the biggest brands in the technology world including Microsoft and Adobe to offer eligible charities savings of up to 95% on much needed products. Get cracking to seeing if you’re eligible.

Learn how to apply for funding with Lloyds Bank Foundation

Simply collate your ideas for the funding you need before you complete a full application, then get in touch with the Lloyds Bank Foundation. They’ll let you know if your idea is likely to be funded by them before you put in all that hard work – a much more economical use of time!


Business rates on the up

Business rates increased in April.
See information on GOV.UK to see how this may affect your costs and how to apply for relief if you’re eligible.


News from our members and things to do

Irish Writers in London Summer School: 8 June to 14 July 2017

An opportunity for budding writers including those on a creative writing course to meet contemporary writers and discuss their work at London Metropolitan University. First established over 20 years ago, find out more and book your space.

We built this city: exhibition by the Birmingham Irish Association

We’re super impressed by the exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery until 26 May. The exhibition showcases the contribution of the Irish community and the rich legacy left in Birmingham by the Irish laborers and Navvies. Read more and head over to the exhibition.

“We are all so many things…” a campaign worth sharing today

The campaign confronts the stigma that rules the lives of Gypsies and Travellers. London Gypsies and Travellers (LGT) aims to to challenge public perceptions by asking why people only ever see their ethnicity, not their worth. Read more and please share the images this week via your promotional channels.
Check out our What’s On Section for some other great events coming up – members can submit events as and when a new one pops up.


The future of the Census: a look at 2021 and beyond

We will continue to campaign and advocate on behalf of Irish communities regarding the census, and encourage Irish people to tick the Irish box when completing ONS questionnaires. This will help us retrieve data so that we can represent the community fully in matters such as health with evidenced–based findings.

Read the article by our Policy Officer, Seán Hutton on why we hope the three census authorities streamline their questionnaires so that we can continue to represent Irish communities in specific matters.  

PAG Jan 2017 report: Cancer Does Not Discriminate

Save the date – Next Policy Advisory Group meeting

Wednesday 28th June 2017 afternoon 


Ensure your membership is up to date, as passwords will be released for members to access the IiB Solutions Ltd website when it goes live.

Invoices for membership fees will be sent in the next few days.

Google Analytics – our website stats

Since January 2017 we’ve had nearly 30,000 page views with the average time spent on the page being 2 minutes, which indicates people are reading the content. This is a whopping 32% growth from the last third of 2016. 25% of views are from new visitors, which shows that we have retained 75% current customers, while prompting and engaging new audiences.

Promoting our member services has played a huge part in this growth, so thank you for all your cooperation, we look forward to growing this exponentially.

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Dementia Awareness Workshop

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