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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.

Wembley Allotment – work gets under way for the 2014 season

Like David Moyles, we are now preparing for the new season up at the allotment. The second plot is now dug over, raised beds constructed and ready for a delivery of top soil and we have pruned the fruit trees. We have also discovered a pond which will help attract wildlife to the South West end of the allotment. We have been told there are frogs and toads in hedgerows…

Innisfree meet Camara!

                                   Following a recent meeting with Sam Lehane from Camara, Innisfree asked Sam to explain more about this unique charity working to help recycle used computers to help others. You may be interested and could possibly help! if you work with an organisation who need to recycle PC’s, this may be an option. Camara is a unique Irish charity founded in 2007. We reuse technology to provide a better education and…

Reminiscence sessions finish up on DVD

   Innisfree hosted a summer of reminiscence recalling stories of emigration from home to set up a new life in London and the UK. With Heritage Lottery Funding, Innisfree worked in partnership with Age Exchange, Irish in Britain, Brent Museum, London Metropolitan University and the Geffrye Museum to re-visit an Irish childhood in the 1950’s onwards. Participants explored their stories of emigration from home to the UK, recalling life settling…

2013 Garden competition awards presented at Sudbury allotment

Innisfree gardening competition winners enjoyed the last of the Summer weather with a presentation award and lunch at our allotment site in Sudbury Wembley. Matthew Wicks who presented the awards was most impressed with the quality of the entries this year. Jennifer and Foieg Rahman won the 1st place award for their best use of a small space. Judge Vanessa Hampton from Brent Allotment and Spaces noted the Rahman’s utilised space and containers…

Allotment update

The Allotment plots at Wembley have been producing some excellent results.   The growing season is a little late. Apples and Pears are still to ripen. Marrow and Pumpkin are growing big.   Tomato and Blackberry are nearly ready to pick!   Our volunteers have done a great job on their first year’s growing from untended scrub to a moderate harvest. And what treasures we have discovered! Two Apple trees, Pear…

Move-on empowerment concludes on a high!

Tenants at Clochar Court celebrated the end of their IT training by holding a presentation ceremony at Clochar Court. John Delahunty, Innisfree’s Chief Executive attended and presented completion certificates to the students finishing their last session at Clochar Court last week. John told the tenants they were great to have learned something brand new and their next challenge was to keep up the good work! Jim Sheeran, Innisfree’s Community Initiatives…

Growing things – a short story

We have worked with many people over the years providing a safe room and help with day to day problems.Now we are doing new things. We are helping people learn to use computers, tell their story about moving to London and find a place to call their own. Many Irish people have worked soil when they grew up, either on a farm, in a back garden or they’ve seen others…

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…