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I only came over for six months – Reminiscence project takes off

Innisfree have launched a new project to hear the stories of tenants who emigrated from their homes in the 1960’s and 70’s to work in London and the UK. The project, launched in June, will provide an opportunity for older Irish people to tell their story of emigration from their homes in Ireland. The project which is led by Fiona Smith from Federation of Irish Societies, with support from Age…

Move-on training moves to Clochar Court

Tenants at Clochar Court are now moving into the Internet-age by accessing IT training. The third and final session of IT training offered to Innisfree tenants has commenced at our sheltered housing scheme, Clochar Court. Participants are using PC’s and laptops to access the internet, record personal details and start researching information on Universal Credit and online shopping. Raffat Bari, trainer says ‘some of the students have never used a computer before…

David’s sleight of hand entertains young and old

You would want some very sharp eyes to catch David Hewett out as he entertained tenants and visitors to an afternoon of magic and fun. David, from Richmond visited Clochar Court in June and presented young and old with a selection of his tricks including memorising cards, producing handkerchiefs from thin air and making metal loops link together. Guests were enthralled by David’s skills and everyone enjoyed tea and chat…

‘Seeking and Finding’ – an inspirational day of meditation and personal prayer

Innisfree were proud to host a day of contemplation and personal prayer at Clochar Court Harlesden with Sr Sheila Gosney RJM. Tenants and visitors explored the meaning of prayer and how we can pray through quiet contemplation and in many different places. Participants considered times when they looked inwards to seek inspiration and other times when they felt inspired. Through simple acts of quietness and drawing, we learned how to recognise…

2013 Gardening competition now open!

Innisfree tenants get your trowels and fill in those entry forms! The 2013 Innisfree gardening competition is open and we are inviting tenants to complete their applications for the competition as soon as possible. The growing season is very late this year, and the judging will take place on the 13th August. Innisfree Office Manager, Anna Ferdinand says ‘It’s a great opportunity to do something special and get recognition from…

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,…

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