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Move-on Computer training ends its second session

The very successful Innisfree move-on IT training has now concluded its second session. Working in partnership with funding from the Irish Governments Emigrant Support Programme, Safe Start Foyer in Cricklewood and Raffat Bari IT Trainer from the London Metropolitan University, Innisfree has delivered seven half day sessions to tenants who have little or no experience of using computers.   Raffat Bari told Innisfree that this was ‘an unique opportunity to…

Welfare Reform Update

April 1st 2013 is the date that many changes to welfare benefits come into effect and that will mean many tenants will have less money to live on each week. Please click the link below for a summary that the National Housing Federation has produced. Housing benefit changes – leaflet for tenants[1] If you are worried about these changes and need more information, please talk to your housing officer who will be…

Tenants prepare for moving on

Tenants living in temporary housing are taking practical steps to move on while learning new skills Innisfree have encouraged two tenants living in shared housing to use their skills in preparing to move to their own place to live. Kelly and Mary are now completing making curtains for the communal lounge of their shared house with support from Innisfree and the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme.   During a support…

Allotment cleared

We’re making great progress in getting the allotment space ready for use. The fair weather over the pas few days has helped, so we’re hoping to have some plots ready to use before the end of March. The allotment has been cleared with the help of Pat Davis from Atlantic Landscapes and the soil has been turned over. The shed delivered two weeks ago has been erected and it’s now…

Clearance of allotment site

The allotment is muddy, overgrown and pretty neglected. But today work has started to clear the scrub and set up the newly arrived compost bins. The weather is warmer today and there is a little stretch to the afternoons with a promise of Spring in the air. The compost bins arrived and were assembled with the help of Seamús from Clochar Court. Michael and the man with all the equipment,…

Allotment project takes off!

Innisfree have just signed a tenancy agreement with Brent Council’s Parks Service to manage an allotment in North Wembley. We are usually asking other people to sign our tenancy agreements, so this is a new venture. We aim to offer this space to tenants and enlist the help of experienced volunteers to start growing fruit and vegetables. Tenants living near to the Allotment located at Sudbury Court Road, North Wembley will…

Contacting our office

If you tried to contact our office from 2.30pm on Friday 18th January and this morning by telephone you will not have been able to get through.  Our telephone lines were not working following a power cut in the area on Friday afternoon.  If you were inconvenienced by this please accept our apologies.  Our telephone lines are up and running again.  As well as contacting us on our office phone you can also call…

Innisfree to host innovative cultural event in February

Tenants and friends of Innisfree are looking forward to a visit from performers of the Fifth Province Productions as part of their 2013 tour. The production will perform at Clochar Court at 2pm on Friday 22nd February next. This has been made possible in part by generous donations from Anthony Musgrave and Danny Sullivan. ‘Journey to the Fifth Province’ is a continuing production where Donal Cox invites the great poets of Ireland to open…

Donation from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux

Innisfree were delighted to receive a donation from the Sisters of the Holy Family of Bordeaux based in West Hampstead Early in this new year, we are planning a special series of events with a spiritual aspect at our sheltered housing scheme, Clochar Court. The main events will include a broadcast of the celebration of the mass. The Mass will be broadcast on RTE television with the Sunday service  coming from a different location in…

Move-on training is a success!

Tenants have recently completed a successful Move-on training programme in December and created their own Facebook page. Trainer, Raffat Bari took a very unique approach by offering a very tailored course for each person attending the 8 week course.   In an interview Raffat told me she avoids mentioning the ’C’ word until it is absolutely necessary! ‘It is important to reach people at their level’ says Raffat. ‘I like…

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