Innisfree milestones

1985Innisfree registered as a charitable housing association.
1986/7Management of short-life properties for Brent and larger housing associations.
1987/8Management of a shared supported house in Kilburn.
1988/9Registration with the Housing Corporation.
1990/1First permanent housing at Innisfree House, Kilburn – opened by Sir George Young.
1991/2Clochar Court, sheltered scheme for Irish elders, opened.
1995/6£3m raised through stock issue with the Housing Finance Corporation.
Transfer of 60 properties into ownership and 51 new homes built.
1996/7Geoffrey Randall’s report: Meeting the need, on the work of Irish HAs
CRE Report: Discrimination & the Irish Community in Britain. 200 homes in ownership.
1997/98£2m private finance facility.
Clochar Court taken into ownership
1998/9The Solomon Project (benchmarking group) formed.
Irish recognised as ‘BME’ by the Housing Corporation.
Home Office announce Irish category in 2001 census.
Joint conference with FBHO held at Central Hall, Westminster
Friends of Innisfree launched.
1999/00Brent Protocol developed by BME associations in Brent, a project initiated by Innisfree and ARHAG.
In the top 39 performing HAs in a field of over 2500 nationally.
The first gardening competition.
2000/01Contributed to ‘Still beyond the Pale’ – a research report into the response of social landlords to the housing and related
health needs of London’s Irish community.
7.3m grant in indirect allocations from the HC.
Tenants survey reveals high levels of anti-Irish harassment.
First charity golf event raises £2500 for the Friends of Innisfree.
2001/02Still beyond the Pale follow-up report.
Turnover £1,569.000.
2002/03300 homes in ownership.
2003/04Summer clubs funded through Friends of Innisfree.
2004/05New report by Geoffrey Randall, Future Directions, confirms the need for specialist housing for vulnerable, especially older, Irish people.
2005/06Produced ‘Future Directions’ a review of Irish housing needs in Innisfree Housing Association’s key areas of operation.
Turnover £2,233.000.
Galtymore gig raises £3k and Golf competition raises £4k for Friends of Innisfree.
432 properties in ownership/ management pending acquisition.
2006/07462 properties in ownership/ management pending acquisition.
Turnover £2,301.000
2007/08485 properties in ownership/ management pending acquisition.
2008/09Three new schemes open in Camden.
Turnover £2,962.000.
2009/10Family Mosaic transfer of 48 homes in Camden to Innisfree.
538 properties in ownership/ management pending acquisition.
Anne McLoughlin takes over as Chair
2010Awarded technology funding from Lottery Grant – New Connections Project.
201212 properties at Philip Lane completed.
2013New Innisfree brand and website introduced.
21st Anniversary of Clochar Court.
Launch of Reminiscence Project at AGM at the London Irish Centre.
John Delahunty joins as CEO
2014Became London Living Wage employer.
Allotment project with Brent.
Cuimhune Cup sports competition trip.
2015Achieved Investors in People award.
Hosted a delegation of Australian HO CEOs.
Finalist for EROSH Innovation and Good Practice award for allotment project.
Awarded RHS London in Bloom ‘Its your Neighbourhood Award’.
2016Healthy Eating Project – Healthy Eating for Healthy Memories cookbook produced with Irish in Britain, launched in June at Museum of Brent.
Reminiscence film project.
2017Men’s Shed opened at Chlochar Court with Irish Ambassador and Leader of Brent Council.
Collaboration with Mind Yourself to deliver wellbeing services to tenants.
Provided a home for Syrian refugees under the Community Sponsorship Programme.
Partnering with London Irish Centre Charity to host Outreach Advice Team.
Provided support to the London Irish LGBT Network.
Helped organise conference, Migrant Access to Housing, in partnership with ARHAG. Launch of Migrants Charter.
Worked in partnership with Refugee Council and Causeway Irish HA regarding our shared houses.
Collaboration with London BME Housing Associations.
Hosted visits with Connswater Homes, Belfast and Iveagh Trust, Dublin.
2018Partnered with London Irish Centre Charity to launch ‘Moving to London’ guide.
London Irish LGBT conference for Irish in Britain – ‘LGBT equality and Ireland – Past and Present’.
Supported ICAP with their ‘Meitheal’ project.
2019Kevin Hartnett takes over as Chair
202025 properties acquired at Waterfront Heights from Clarion.
Purchase of 2 new homes in Camden.
2021New website launched.