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Irish in Britain is the national charity supporting a wide network of diverse Irish organisations that make up its membership across Britain. The Irish community is made up of many inspirational organisations and individuals, our purpose is to bring together these many voices – to share expertise, to represent, to campaign for and support the growth and wellbeing of our community and the infrastructure around it.
Irish in Britain was formerly known as the Federation of Irish Societies, established in 1973 when the Northern and Southern Federations came together to create a single national body. Our membership is made up of societies, groups, clubs, services and individuals, who become Friends of Irish in Britain, and they play an integral part in bringing ‘Irish in Britain’ to life.
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.
What we do
We help build sustainability into our member organisations; promote healthy living; draft policy positions and campaign for issues that matter to the whole community.
We deliver work in many different areas including:
Research into the Irish community in Britain
Policy and advocating for the Irish community on a range issues – from welfare reforms to dementia services
Parliamentary work – providing the Secretariat for the All Party Parliamentary Group on Ireland and the Irish in Britain
Campaigning – from raising the profile of the Irish cultural contribution to Britain, highlighting the need to address heart health through our Green Hearts initiative, to providing the template for memory–loss/dementia friendly communities through our Cuimhne strategy.
Community Development – providing advice, guidance and support to Irish groups, societies and clubs across Britain to help ensure their sustainability and growth.