Looking after our mental health

One in four people will experience mental ill health at some point in their lives, this is a stark reality and there is no doubt that as we get older, loneliness and isolation can feel a constant in our lives. Long winter nights, bad weather, ill health and/or poor mobility can prevent many people from leaving their homes and become the key elements to feelings of isolation and depression. As we grow old, we will have seen many of our close friends and family pass away and we may even find that we are the last surviving member of our generation or family, no doubt this brings with it a great sense of loss which can lead to bouts of anxiety and depression.

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Join the Irish Chaplaincy Cairde – friends scheme

Help us bring hope

to excluded, vulnerable and isolated Irish people in Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

Download and print our form to join the Irish Chaplaincy Cairde Friends Scheme

This form allows you to support us

Become a Cairde (Gaelic for friend) with the Irish Chaplaincy and give a regular donation.

You can also send us your details if you wish to find out more about
Volunteering opportunities
Newsletter and blog updates
and remembering Irish Chaplaincy in your will.

 

Irish Chaplaincy is Hiring – Resettlement Caseworker

Come and be part of an exciting new project, assisting Travellers in selected London prisons into post-release employment

 

Salary: £26,360

 

This is a 3 year fixed-term contract, with continuation dependent on further funding.

 

NB The successful candidate will not be able to begin in post until prison-vetting has taken place.

If you have any questions regarding this job application, please contact Eddie Gilmore on 0207 482 5528 or eddie.gilmore@irishchaplaincy.org.uk

Deadline for applications: January 30th 2019

 

Interviews:  February 19th 2019

 

Download documents:

JD Resettlement Caseworker

IC Resettlement Caseworker Application Form

IC Equal opportunities monitoring

Journey into Advent

Journey into Advent with Irish Chaplaincy

Fri 30th Nov 6:00pm – 7:00pm
Our Lady, Help of Christians Catholic Church4 Lady Margaret Rd, London NW5 2XT, UK map 
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Journey into Advent – a time of Taizé music, reflections and silence in preparation for the great season of Advent.

Friday 30th November 2018 6-6:45 pm

Our Lady Help of Christians, 4 Lady Margaret Rd, Kentish Town NW5 2XT

www.irishchaplaincy.org.uk
Tel: 020 7482 5528 Email: admin@irishchaplaincy.org.uk

A rewarding volunteer task

Matthew came to see us last week.  He spent a whole day in our office.  We had quite a bit for him to do because another regular volunteer was taking a well deserved break.  Among other things, Matthew prepared 50 Information Packs for Irish Council for Prisoners Overseas.  Each pack needs envelopes which are pre-stamped.  These are sent out to prisoners who are new to us.  They contain a large colourful map of Ireland and a poster with Irish pictures to brighten up a prison cell.  Our latest ICPO Newsletter https://www.icpo.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Newsletter.pdf

We have contact information for our services and other organisations which people may need.  Pur packs tell people what we can and cannot do for them.  We have over 250 new people every single year so our Information Packs are a very important resources.  If they are not ready and waiting then our extremely busy caseworkers have to stop what they are best at, go to print and prepare the information packs themselves.  It is extremely frustrating and time consuming to have to do this.  So we’ve made it a challenging but rewarding task for our volunteers and despite it being a very boring tedious job, Matthew does it more cheerfully than most.

He makes sure to enjoy a chat and some music to lighten the load.  The time saved by a volunteer doing this means our caseworkers ensure that the continuous requests and letters which need responses get done efficiently and with the least interruption possible.

Matthew loves working with us as a volunteer and we love Matthew’s work because it allows us to do our jobs better.  Thank you Matthew!  Go raibh míle maith agat!