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!
We are delighted to announce a fundraising walk in aid of our Elderly Campaign, which takes place on Saturday October 6th 2018 in Mayo, Ireland.
Starting at 11 am from the Trailhead in Mulranny to Newport.
All are welcome to join us. Those taking part will include Alan Brogan (former Dublin Gaelic footballer) who is Ambassador for this campaign to raise funds to support elderly Irish living alone in London.
Campaign details are available here.
DONATE. Choose Elderly Campaign from the list. Don’t forget to subscribe also to our Newsletter.
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Irish Chaplaincy is hiring!
We are looking for a Pastoral Outreach Support Worker to help to expand and develop our befriending, support and advocacy service for elderly Irish across London. Salary £26,360. Deadline: April 12th 2pm (interviews May 1st). Please return completed application form (and Equal Opportunities Monitoring form) to email@example.com (Tel: 0207 7482 3274)
You were a woman of peace.
You brought harmony where there was conflict.
You brought light to the darkness. You brought hope to the downcast.
May the mantle of your peace cover those who are troubled and anxious,
and may peace be firmly rooted in our hearts and in our world.
Inspire us to act justly and to reverence all God has made.
Brigid you were a voice for the wounded and the weary.
Strengthen what is weak within us. Calm us into a quietness that heals and listens.
May we grow each day into greater wholeness in mind, body and spirit.
St. Brigid’s Feast Day is February 1st.
I am in awe of the internet and mobile technology and the evolution of smart phones and smart devices which have become the norm in modern day life. With the growth of social media, Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter and Skype to name but a few, it is possible to be in almost permanent contact with a member of your family or a friend who is living thousands of miles away. Social media has been a blessing for families of those who have emigrated but there is also a downside.
One Irish Mammy said, that while she was regularly able to see her grandchildren on the PC through the internet, “you can’t hug Skype”. Social media has allowed people to be close to loved ones at difficult times and now, because of webcams in churches, you can attend a funeral in many parts of Ireland from as far away as Sydney or Boston.
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash
We were delighted to receive a visit in October from the new Irish Ambassador Adrian O’Neill,
who was accompanied by Ruaidhri Dowling and Noleen Curran from the Embassy. Ambassador
O’Neill stayed for over an hour and was interested to hear about the work of the Chaplaincy and about our plans for development and expansion in each of our project areas. He also congratulated the Chaplaincy on 60 years of service to the Irish in Britain.