London Irish Centre Charity


1950s Ireland was in deep recession and tens of thousands of young Irish men and women left their homes to move to London in search of a new life. In 1955 the London Irish Centre Charity opened its doors to meet the needs of those newly arrived Irish immigrants. Initially providing accommodation and welfare the centre quickly became an important social and cultural venue. Today the charity continues to be the heart of the Irish community in London - the largest Irish welfare charity in Britain and the largest Irish community centre outside of Ireland.

Working in three key areas of Care, Culture and Community we continue to serve the Irish in London 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

Care is the core of our work and we support the most vulnerable members of our community right across London. This includes advice services and crisis assistance, dedicated outreach, advocates and case workers for older Irish people, day services with nutritious meals, accessible social groups and activities to combat loneliness, the provision of small crisis grants, family tracing and assistance in returning to Ireland.

In Culture, we manage London’s leading Irish cultural programme, welcoming over 20,000 people every year. We offer space and assistance to over 400 Irish community events, and provide support and advice to a wide mix of Irish artists and cultural organisations. Our Irish library holds over 6,000 books and our educational programme is high quality and fast-growing. We actively promote Irish culture through a range of digital platforms.

The Community will always be at the heart of the charity. The Irish in London are diverse and spread across the city. We offer a warm and welcoming connection to a vibrant and supportive Irish community. Through our online networks, our events programme, volunteering and befriending opportunities and of course our community centre, all are welcome to participate.

The London Irish Centre Charity has always had a strong volunteer community. Today, some help with serving meals in our Day Centre, some act as Befrienders to elderly or isolated members of the community, some sit on our Board of Trustees, and some help us to deliver our concerts and events, among many other things. All offer their time and expertise generously, and enable us to carry out the work that we do 

 

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The London Irish Centre Charity (LICC) is the heart of the Irish community in London. The LICC is both a Registered Charity and an Irish community centre in Camden Square, London NW1 9XB.

Working in three key areas of Care, Culture and Community we continue to serve the Irish in London 7 days a week, 52 weeks of the year.

Care is the core of our work and we support the most vulnerable members of our community right across London. This includes advice services and crisis assistance, dedicated outreach, advocates and case workers for older Irish people, day services with nutritious meals, accessible social groups and activities to combat loneliness, the provision of small crisis grants, family tracing and assistance in returning to Ireland.

In Culture, we manage London’s leading Irish cultural programme, welcoming over 20,000 people every year. We offer space and assistance to over 400 Irish community events, and provide support and advice to a wide mix of Irish artists and cultural organisations. Our Irish library holds over 6,000 books and our educational programme is high quality and fast-growing. We actively promote Irish culture through a range of digital platforms.