Irish Community Care Manchester was established in 1987, by pioneering volunteers, to meet the needs of Irish and Irish Travellers settling in Manchester.
Irish Community Care was formed by a small group of passionate people to help others who had little or no support.
Many people who came and settled in Manchester had little or no support as they had left their home in Ireland to find work in England. Many had limited money and didn’t have the necessary information about services that could help them.
The demand for our support and services enabled the charity to grow over the years. We continue to provide a range of services gaining the confidence and trust of our community as well as the wider communities, our stakeholders and commissioners by respecting, listening and understanding people’s cultural, health and social needs without prejudice.
We moved to 289 Cheetham Hill Road, which was officially opened by Bertie Ahern in 1991. The renovation of the premises was made possible by a grant from Manchester City Council in 1989.
As we grew we became a beacon and a benchmark for other similar organisations across England to provide a culturally sensitive range of services to meet people’s needs.
Whilst ICCM was initially established to meet the needs of the Irish community, we pride ourselves on being open to people from all communities.
Our initial financial support for Irish Community Care came from the Irish Government Dion Fund in 1985. This funding continued and increased as our many projects flourished.
We are still funded by the Irish Government, Emigrant Support Programme, which we are hugely grateful.
In recent years, like most other charities, we have been affected by public sector cuts and austerity measures. We are going through a period of important change. We are now a small but cherished charity.
We have a current plan for our future and growth to continue provide excellent services for Irish and Irish Travellers.
As with all small charities we have substantial running costs including overheads and central administration. We rely on Irish and wider community fund raising events.
We also receive personal donations to continue our valuable work and we thank everyone wholeheartedly.