Irish centre appeals for support in helping vulnerable Irish in London this Christmas
Since 1954 the London Irish Centre has worked to look after the most vulnerable Irish people in our community, from the very elderly and to new arrivals who need help to get started in London.
They help those who have fallen on hard times, who are lonely, isolated or at risk. The centre runs social groups, education classes, and trips to Ireland for vulnerable people. They assist with finding missing persons, provide outreach advice to older people with disabilities or mobility issues and provide hot showers and clothing to those living rough on the streets.
The centre’s appeal says: “FOR MOST OF US CHRISTMAS MEANS FRIENDS AND FAMILY, PRESENTS AND LOOKING FORWARD TO A GREAT 2016. BUT, FOR MANY VULNERABLE IRISH PEOPLE IN LONDON, IT MEANS LONELINESS, A LONG WINTER AND, WITH £12 BILLION IN WELFARE CUTS COMING, A TOUGH 2016.”
“EVERY YEAR WE PROVIDE:
7,000 hot meals for vulnerable older people
6,000 hours of specialist advice on employment, care & assistance to those in crisis
4,000 hours of one-to-one befriending to alleviate loneliness”
The Christmas Appeal suggests the following donations:
£5 will provide a hot meal for a pensioner
£10 will help to extend the befriending service to lonely older people
£25 will assist to refer vulnerable adults to appropriate support services
You can donate in the following ways:
ONCLINE | www.justgiving.com/londonirishcentre
BY TEXT | Text LICX15 £10 to 70070 to donate £10 to The London Irish Centre Christmas Appeal
IN PERSON | Please call 0207 916 2222 to arrange a cheque or cash donation