Supporting the work of Fréa's Partner Charities
Philanthropic support from donors and friends of Fréa partner charities makes a huge difference to everything we do to care for the Irish community of all ages across the North of England. From providing housing, mental health and practical welfare guidance, to creating social spaces to reduce isolation, the partner charities have been profoundly impacted by the generosity of our community, individuals and companies alike. We are enormously grateful to all of our supporters.
Your generosity supported our rapid response to the emergency needs that occurred as a result of the pandemic helping us to reach out with initiatives such as the craic packs and the CARA project. We were able to show people that they were not alone by regular befriending calls, shopping, and support to get online. We would greatly appreciate your continued support to sustain the invaluable work of the partner charities to aid those in need in our Irish communities for generations to come.
“Kept me going in a difficult time.
The support is ongoing, you're still there for us.”
Why do Fréa partner charities need your help?
Fréa partner charities would not exist without years of transformative grants from the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme, Philanthropic and Individual gifts and donations….
These long-established charities were set up years ago to meet the needs of those Irish people who came to Britain in the 1940s and 1950s to earn money, often to support their families back in Ireland. They worked hard without the benefits of health and safety regulations and pension contributions. All too often, a main social outlet was the local Public House, which was also the place to secure employment week on week. In later years, this took its toll on many of them, through issues such as substance dependency, poor physical and mental health, homelessness and poverty. Many never returned home as they had hoped for, often feeling too ashamed of how their lives had turned out here in Britain. The partner charities offer vital housing, welfare advice and cultural support to these vulnerable people who are now in their latter years.
Today the partner charities' work is extended to help the vulnerable in our Irish community of all ages, including families. Your continued support and generosity is urgently needed, and even more important now to deal with the additional hardships caused by the pandemic. We would kindly ask you to think of people in our communities who need your help more than ever before. COVID-19 has caused a huge increase in mental and physical health problems due to the sudden loss of loved ones, loss of income, poverty, debt, homelessness, and isolation. Your help no matter how small or large would be greatly appreciated to meet the increasing demands for the partner charities' services during these challenging times.
Our mission is to continue to deliver and further develop our services to meet the increasing needs of our community. Through your financial gifts, we will be able to fulfil this important mission.
Funders & Supporters
Fréa is funded thanks to the Irish Government and
Irish Embassy in London through a grant via the Irish Government’s Emigrant Support Programme.