Key dates

1962 – 1970’s

  • Voluntary Welfare Committee, Irish Centre

1970’s – early 80’s

  • Service delivered by Sisters of Charity

1980’s

  • Díon (Irish Government) Funding Programme

1987 – 1990

  • Employment of 2 part time Staff to deliver and develop service

1989

  • Charitable Status

1990 – 2000

  • Staff team expands to 6
  • Hosting the very successful ‘Challenging Irish Invisibility’ Conference in celebration of European Year Against Racism 1997
  • Placement Provider for Social / Community Work students
  • Funding expands to include Liverpool Health Authority and Charitable Trusts
  • Services develop to include specific work around welfare benefits, homelessness, drug, alcohol, mental health issues
  • Expansion of services to Wirral, launch of Wirral Irish Group
  • Opening of Irish Housing Project
  • Relocation to 60 Duke St, following closure of Irish Centre
  • Volunteer Group expands
  • Growth of partnership working

2009 – 2012

  • Staff team more than doubles to 16
  • Continued expansion of volunteer group
  • Expansion of services to include the Irish Traveller Service & the Drop-In Information & Advice Service
  • Wirral Services relocate to the Lauries Centre
  • Development of Satellite Service in Ashton – in – Makerfield
  • Expansion of funding base to include Liverpool City Council, Liverpool PCT, Wirral Borough Council, Wirral PCT, additional Charitable Trusts
  • Development of Service User and Volunteer Forums
  • Continued growth of partnership working at both operational and strategic levels
  • Outgrown existing office base in Liverpool, search for more appropriate premises
  • Relocation of Liverpool Base to 151 Dale St

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