IYF Supporting ….. Foyle Down Syndrome Trust

This Northern Ireland based charity was set up in 1995 by parents to help their children reach their full potential and become more integrated in the local community. An IYF grant has paid for musical instruments and other resources for the children. Key workers noted: “60% of our families have been empowered to incorporate music […]

David Kurk – MC and Auctioneer  

IYF is delighted to welcome David Kurk @davidkurk1 to the IYF UK Annual Winter Ball. David will be acting as our Master of Ceremonies and Auctioneer on the night. His experience as a former Premiership Rugby match official will surely help him to keep everyone in order @thedorchester, with no TMO required! If you are still to […]

IYF Supporting ….. Birmingham Trad Fest

This week Birmingham Trad Fest’s The Trip to Birmingham runs from 22 – 25 November. IYF is a major sponsor of this event, now in its 5th year, which connects young people in England’s second city to their Irish heritage through traditional music. You can buy tickets for the festival here. Much of the money […]

Roameo: ‘When only a big band will do”

Keeping up the tempo this year’s Winter Ball we are delighted to unleash Roameo, making their first appearance as our roaming band. Everything from Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ to ‘One’ by U2 is in their repertoire. And they’ll sing and play for you at your very table! If you are still to get Ball […]

IYF Supporting …..  Irish Film Festival

IYF proudly works with the Irish Film Festival which runs from 21 – 25 November. It’s such an important way to present Irish film and animation for a London audience. Founder and Director Kelly O’Connor told IYF about one of the highlights of this year’s Festival: “Grace and Goliath will scoop you up in its […]

Abracadabra at the Winter Ball!

Adding a little magic dust to this year’s Winter Ball is our new Magician Peter Wardell. Try to work out his tricks as he circulates among the guests. Be warned he has won Close-up Magician of the Year! Ball tickets are available here.    Photograph: Peter Wardell,  Magician

IYF Supporting ….. The Great Escape

IYF helps fund ‘The Great Escape’ which gets 45 young people out of inner-city Belfast to the countryside each summer. Led by Willowfield Parish Community Association, they learn new skills, build relationships and have fun away from the city during the often tense July days. One leader told us of ‘L’: “This young woman has been […]

A Warm Welcome to Our Winter Ball …. 

Helping to kick off our 2018 Winter Ball at The Dorchester in style we are delighted to welcome Murphy Surveys which is generously sponsoring our Champagne and Guinness Reception. As you enjoy a glass or two remember to try out the Photo Booth! Ball tickets are available here. Photo- Guests using the Photo Booth and […]

Head of Fundraising

Here at IYF we are delighted to announce a great opportunity for a dynamic individual to join our team as we begin celebrating our 30th anniversary! We are recruiting a Head of Fundraising. You can find more details and apply through this link: //www.charityjob.co.uk/jobs/irish-youth-foundation-uk-/head-of-fundraising/602137

IYF Supporting ….. Friends, Families and Travellers

Despite having severe dyslexia, 12 year old Connor has been accepted in secondary school.  He was helped by a Friends, Families and Travellers scheme, to help young people adapt to mainstream education. FFT explains: “Because of our grant from the Irish Youth Foundation, Connor has been able to stay and learn in school.  He has […]