The Birmingham Irish Association was established in 1957 and aims to provide a range of support, advice and information to meet the welfare and cultural needs of the Irish community in Birmingham.
£3,000 was awarded for Bereavement Support for young Irish Children to provide a culturally appropriate and sensitive bereavement support service to young Irish children who have suffered a loss of a close family relative. The grant has helped support a full time worker to deliver the services. The project aimed to provide support to young people and their families in the home setting, or wherever comfortable for the child, and aims to increase wellbeing, build confidence and self-esteem, and enhance educational attainment following a recent bereavement. The project has been operating across the City of Birmingham with a focus on the more deprived areas of the city. The project started by concentrating on the inner city areas such as Sparkbrook, Washwood Heath, Aston and Nechells. Demand for the service has been huge and as such the original plan to concentrate in these areas quickly had to be adjusted. The work is now spread city wide working within schools, homes, youth centres and churches throughout Birmingham. Links have also now been forged with the Birmingham Schools Catholic Partnership who have a direct referral route in for children who attend schools across the city. For more information on the work of the Birmingham Irish Association please visit their website.