Emigrant Support Programme meeting at St Anne’s Centre
Birmingham Irish Association, based at St Anne`s Centre in Digbeth in association with staff from the Irish Embassy in London hosted a day long seminar outlining the workings of the Irish Government`s ESP (Emigrant Support Programme).
Established back in 2004, ESP has assisted over 400 organisations in 26 counties with grants totalling over £135million.The financial support provided by ESP assists organisations engaged in the delivery of front line advisory services and community care to Irish emigrants, particularly to the more vulnerable and marginalised members of our community overseas, including the elderly.
In this country, a great many Irish organisations, particularly those involved in welfare and care, could not operate successfully without the vital ESP funding.
The seminar at St Anne’s was attended by many Irish clubs and organisations in the UK including Irish in Britain.