London Irish Centre

TESTIMONY 1 -John is 28 years old and of Irish descent. He decided to move to London to start a new life.  Things had been going very well for him, he had been working and privately renting up until December 2016.

Unfortunately, in December he no longer had work and consequently lost his accommodation and he found himself on the streets. He was attacked, robbed, and sustained a head injury. This attack resulted in him being hospitalised for two days. John had limited options in terms of housing and as he had no income, starting a benefits claim would take time before he would receive a payment.

John had no support, we discussed returning to Ireland as he would have more opportunities available to him there. Thanks to the Irish Youth Foundation Grant we were in a position to assist John by paying for his coach ticket back to Cork.

TESTIMONY 2 -Bridget and Andrew are a young couple who came over from Ireland wanting to settle permanently as Andrew had secured employment. They were staying in a B&B until a room they were planning to rent became available. The landlord of the room contacted Bridget and Andrew to inform them there would be a delay of 8 days before they could move in. They did not have the funds to pay for the B&B for that length of time.

LICC used a grant from IYF to pay for the B&B. This prevented Bridget and Andrew from the choice of either returning home to Dublin or sleeping rough here in London.

Bridget commented that “without the help of the emergency funding we could have ended up on the streets.”