I have had the privilege of joining Irish Community Care Manchester in August 2017.
My role is to provide strategic leadership and operational management to enable the charity to flourish through a process of change to achieve the Strategic Business Plan 2017-2020 amidst the ongoing challenges of austerity measures.
My passion is for what Irish Community Care Manchester stands for and the services the charity provides.
My background is largely within the charitable sector although I have held a number of roles within the statutory sector. My previous roles have included statutory social work; senior management positions within criminal justice, family work and substance misuse; local authority commissioner and a director for a national charity leading a large geographical portfolio of services across the UK.
I am a social worker, who has specialised in safeguarding and protection, for both children and adults at risk. I am registered with the Health Care Professions Council.
I am privileged to work with a dedicated, committed small team of skilled, experienced and passionate staff together with the many wonderful volunteers Irish Community care is fortunate to have.
Support Services Officer
I am originally from Clones in Co Monaghan. I started working for Irish Community Care Manchester in September 2016.
I am the Support Services Officer for the Organisation. I support the Manager and other members of staff and assist the Management Committee when required.
My Insolvency experience has enabled me to take on a more active role in the Accounting side of the Organisation and the collation of Data. I also ensure that all Passport requests are sent out promptly.
The work is very varied and interesting and I really enjoy my job. This is a much needed charity and as an Irish Emigrant it is great to be part of an organisation that supports other emigrants already living in Manchester and the surrounding areas including those who are new to the City and who may require our services.
I have a personal interest in what the organisation stands for and as it grows and more services are offered it will be great to be part of this.
Working for Irish Community Care Manchester has enabled me to have more of a connection with people from home.
Advice and Information
I’ve been working at Irish Community Care since April 2017, as a Community Advice and Support Worker.
I am based at the Levenshulme office at the Inspire Centre, where I deal with a variety of enquiries including entitlement to welfare benefits and housing problems.
I have previously worked in a Law Centre and in independent advice agencies in the voluntary sector, including the Citizens Advice Bureau. My background is mainly in housing advice, but I have also specialised in welfare benefits and debt.
Working for ICCM has greatly increased my understanding of issues affecting the Irish community in Manchester.
Advice and Information
I have been an Advice worker here at ICCM for nearly fourteen years. During this time, there have been many changes.
Prior to this post, I worked as an Advice worker for Manchester One Parent Family Advice Centre (MOPFAC) for eleven years. Even further back, I was a Careers Officer, Rehousing Officer and Housing Research interviewer.
The rules surrounding Benefits have become much more stringent, and the need to get help to claim them, all the more crucial.
I find working within this team both interesting and rewarding, as through a culturally sensitive approach, we are able to deliver a service that we hope, best serves our community.
Community Engagement Lead
I am originally from Co. Monaghan.
I moved to Manchester in 1996 and became part of the Irish community here. My background is in social care and I am a qualified social worker registered with HCPC.
I started working at Irish Community Care Manchester in 2014, where I have had varied roles within the organisation.
At present I oversee our four over 50`s social groups which run weekly in four different venues across the city. The aim of these groups is to bring people together to help reduce social isolation and loneliness, while promoting health and wellbeing through exercise, dance and community involvement.
I also provide support for the Irish Traveller Community.