Irish Youth awards across Britain announced

Irish Youth Foundation awards across Britain announced

The Irish Youth Foundation supports 34 community projects for young people and welcomes new trustee to their board.

The IYF (UK), the only national charity in Britain specifically aimed at helping disadvantaged Irish young people and their families, has announced their annual grants early this year.

It supports a wide range of projects, including help for homeless; employment and training schemes; women and children escaping violence; young offenders; Irish Travellers; mental health; drug and alcohol rehabilitation; cross-community initiatives as well as social and cultural activities encouraging young people’s awareness of their Irish heritage.

Irish Youth Foundation awards across Britain announced

Since its inception the IYF has awarded more than £4.5 million to improve the lives of young people in Britain and Northern Ireland.

The IYF Trustees have recently agreed to the recommendations of their independent Advisory Committees granting financial support to 23 Projects based in England, Scotland & Wales and 11 in Northern Ireland.

In addition, Luton Irish Forum has also been awarded the IYF Quality Award 2017, in recognition of their excellent service provision to the young Irish people of Luton and surrounding counties, particularly the provision of information and advice to the many new young arrivals from Ireland.

Further grants for the Lawlor Education Grants for schools and colleges in Northern Ireland and individual students will be decided in the next few months for the forthcoming academic year.

The charity has also recently appointed local businesswoman Jacqueline O’Donovan as a trustee.


Irish Youth Foundation awards across Britain announced
Jacqueline O’Donovan

O’Donovan is Managing Director of north London-based O’Donovan Waste Disposal and was last month given the Freedom of the City of London by the Worshipful Company of Carmen in recognition of her dedication to the transport industry.

John Dwyer, Chairman of the IYF, said: “I am delighted that Jacqueline has agreed to join the IYF as a board trustee. Jacqueline has the operational and strategic skills to help us take the charity to a new level and thus provide even further funds for youth-related projects in Britain and Northern Ireland. Jacqueline joins at a time when we have good momentum in the organisation and she will work with me and the other trustees to build on that momentum and help redefine the IYF for the future.”

Jacqueline O’Donovan said: “I am delighted to be joining the board of the IYF as a trustee. It is a new and exciting challenge for me and I look forward to playing my part and helping to support the many excellent charities that benefit from grants from the IYF.”

Irish Youth Foundation awards across Britain announced

The full list of grants awarded is as follows:


Birmingham Irish Association

Birmingham TradFest

The Brandon Centre, London

Brent Centre for Young People, London

Conradh na Gaeilge Glaschú, Glasgow

Feith an Cheoil School of Traditional Irish Music, Enfield, London

Friends, Families & Travellers, Brighton, Sussex

icap (Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy), London & Birmingham

Irish Arts Foundation, Leeds

Irish Chaplaincy

Irish Community Care, Liverpool

Irish Cultural Centre, Hammersmith, London

Irish Film London

Irish Music and Dance in London (IMDL)

Liverpool Irish Centre (formerly St Michael’s Irish Centre)

London Irish Centre

Luton Irish Forum

Manchester Irish Education Group

New Horizon Youth Centre

Play Midlothian, Dalkeith

St John Bosco Youth Club

Solace Women’s Aid

Tyneside Irish Cultural Society


Artillery Youth Centre, Belfast

Foyle Down Syndrome Trust, Derry/Londonderry

Growth for Adolescents and Providing Support, Lurgan

Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group, Belfast

Patrician Youth Centre, Downpatrick, Co Down

REACH Across, Derry/Londonderry

Sólás, Belfast

Verbal Arts Centre, Derry-Londonderry

West Bann Development Centre, Coleraine

Willowfield Parish Community Parish Association, Belfast

Youth Link NI, Belfast

For more information about the Irish Youth Foundation, please visit

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