Diaspora based organisations play a critical role in consolidating growth and development for its members and country as a whole. Ireland is one of the countries that has successfully developed and properly documented the activities of its diaspora organisations globally.
According to its website, “Irish in Britain was formerly known as the Federation of Irish Societies, established in 1973 when the Northern and Southern Federations came together to create a single national body.”
With empowerment, integrity and trust as its core values; the organisation also believes in inclusiveness, creativity and accountability.
The mission of Irish in Britain is to be the representative voice providing leadership and support to the Irish community in Britain by building sustainability into member organisations, promoting healthy living, drafting policy positions and campaigning for issues that matter to the whole community.
Its membership is made up of “societies, groups, clubs, services and individuals who become Friends of Irish in Britain, and they play an integral part in bringing Irish in Britain to life.”
Recent campaigns by Irish in Britain include: Cuimhne – Irish Memory Loss Alliance, Green Hearts: Hearts Health, Irish in Britain’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Charter.
In terms of health and wellbeing, the organisation has been instrumental in providing support and resources in the fight against Coronavirus, Dementia, Cancer, Mental health, Symphysiotomy, Hemochromatosis Heart health and many more.
To find out how you can become a member, friend, provide support, donate, and to get more information about Irish in British, please visit: irishinbritain.org.
By: Theresa R. Fianko