Innisfree dedicated

to giving the Irish a sense of community

Our News & Events

House Exchange 

House Exchange is a web based scheme to help local authority and housing association residents find people who want to swap homes with them. Registration is quick, easy and free for residents. The House Exchange website will try to match you with other households wherever you’re looking to move to. You will be able to search for homes either locally or anywhere in the UK, so whatever your reason for moving,…

Standing up to domestic abuse

We believe a home should provide safety and security, but for many people home is anything but safe because they are one of many victims of domestic abuse across the UK. Developed by the Chartered Institute of Housing, in partnership with the Domestic Abuse Housing Alliance (DAHA) and Women’s Aid, Innisfree has become one of over a hundred housing associations who have signed up to the Make a Stand pledge…

Green Hearts Challenge: show your heart some love

Irish in Britain’s Green Hearts is a new initiative designed to address the heart health of Britain’s Irish community. The aim is to develop a nationwide heart health campaign that improves the health, wellbeing and healthy years of life among the Irish community in Britain. Heart health is a sizeable concern for the Irish community with clear evidence of excess, and in some cases increasing, mortality among Irish men and…

Ambassador – you are spoiling us…

Not many can say that their shed was officially opened by an Ambassador, but that is the case for Innisfree Housing Association’s ‘Men’s Shed’ at one of its sheltered schemes, Clochar Court in Harlesden. To be fair, this is no ordinary shed.  It builds on a concept for community investment first begun in Australia in the 1990s and targeted at men experiencing mental health issues or having problems with transitioning…

StepChange Debt Charity

StepChange Debt Charity helps thousands of people every week to overcome serious debt problems. For free debt advice and solutions contact StepChange via their website www.stepchange.org or call tel: 0800 138 1111. Calls are free from all landlines and mobiles. Lines are open: Mon to Fri 8am to 8pm and Sat 8am to 4pm. Don’t forget to use their budget form to gather your information before calling. A debt advice call takes around 40…

Could you support someone to stay home for good?

Home for Good are looking for compassionate individuals from all walks of life who can spare an hour or two each week to support a formerly homeless person in their local area. A London-wide scheme, Home for Good was designed to support those who might be struggling in a new and unfamiliar area, without a support network. Clients have reported that social isolation can be a real problem, leading to a…

Healthy Eating for Healthy Memories Recipe Book

Together with Irish in Britain, we developed a Healthy Eating for Healthy Memories Recipe Book as part of our allotment project celebration at the Brent Library. Working together in partnership, we developed and delivered a Healthy Eating for Healthy Memories project with residents of Clochar Court Sheltered Housing Scheme and the wider Innisfree Community in North London. The project took place over 8 weeks and participants met each Wednesday to explore…

Innisfree named in 24 Housing’s ‘Top 50 Landlords’

Innisfree is celebrating after being ranked 43 in the ‘Top 50 Landlords’ list by industry magazine 24housing.  The list was compiled by 24housing to try and find the nation’s top landlords and to recognise best practice in the sector. Chief Executive, John Delahunty, said ‘we are delighted our work at Innisfree has been recognised by our inclusion in 24 Housing’s Top 50 Landlords list. This is a great achievement!  We…

Ambassador Dan Mulhall recites The Lake Isle of Innisfree by W B Yeats at the opening of the Men’s Shed at Clochar Court

Over 70 residents and dignitaries gathered together to celebrate the opening of the first Irish Men’s Shed at Clochar Court in Harlesden in July this week.  Opened by His Excellency, Mr Dan Mulhall, Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain in his final engagement before he leaves for the US, the Men’s Shed has been set up to provide both a workshop and a social space for the Irish Community in…

St Patrick’s Parade – London

View more pictures at the St Patrick parde 2014 scrapbook On a beautiful sunny Spring day, with a loan of the mini-bus from Brent Irish Advisory Service, we greeted people from all corners of the world to came to see the parade. Tenants joined staff to walk for almost two hours in central London. Crowds cheered us on and many turned up in traditional costume to witness the event.