Birmingham Irish Association welcomes new team member

A new member of the Birmingham Irish Association, Melissa Roche

A new member of the Birmingham Irish Association, Melissa Roche

Meet Melissa Roche, a new member of the team at Birmingham Irish Association offices in Alcester Street.
Melissa takes over the position as Project Officer for Irish culture, sports and heritage, which right now also includes providing support for the forthcoming St Patrick’s Festival events.

Melissa told The Harp, “I am delighted to be back working within the Irish community in my capacity of Project Officer for Irish culture, sport and heritage. It’s a dynamic and varied role, allowing me to use my wealth of skills and knowledge to achieve successful outcomes through community projects, cultural events, exhibitions and the development and enhancement of new and innovative projects. I will also be continuing the support link for affiliates within the Irish community and beyond.

“I’ve had over sixteen years of experience working within the Irish community in Birmingham, starting in the tourism industry for Gerry Feeney and Tara Travel. I’ve worked within ICAP as a development manager; working to reduce the stigma attached to accessing mental health services within the Irish community and promoting cultural sensitive counselling. I have also managed a floating support service for Cara Irish Housing (now Central and Cecil Housing Trust).

“More recently I have worked as a business sales manager for CK Travel generating sales within the transport industry. As you can see, I have many transferable skills to offer this new role and am looking forward to getting out there and delivering the goods!”
Melissa, whose parents hail from County Donegal, is married to John who also has Irish parents (from Mayo and Leitrim). John and Melissa have a 10 year old daughter, Ella and a two year old son, Sonny.

If you wish to contact Melissa at the Birmingham Irish Association offices, please ring 0121 604 6111, Fax 0121 6046662 or email Melissa@birminghamirish.org.uk. You can also write to her at -St.Anne’s Parish Centre, Alcester Street, Birmingham B12 OPH.