We Are Luton Irish Forum
Luton Irish Forum supports the Irish community in Luton to reach their full potential by providing welfare, social, cultural and volunteering opportunities.
Monday to Friday 9:30am-4:30pm T. 01582 720447 firstname.lastname@example.org
Welfare Advice and Support
Monday to Friday 9:30am-4:30pm Contact via Reception
Advice and support on a range of issues, from welfare benefits and related housing to accessing local services.
Advice Helpline for new welfare enquiries Tuesdays 9:30am-12:00pm T. 01582 720447
Irish Passport Applications: Witnessing service and help with online applications - by appointment.
Social Groups and Activities
Keeping people connected - we're recruiting Volunteers now!
Luton St Patrick’s Festival
St Brigid’s Day Celebrations
Luton Digital Skills Project
Contact email@example.com or phone 01582 817069
One-to-one support with CV writing, boosting your skills, job applications, and interviews to help you get back into work.
Services may be amended to comply with Covid guidelines.
WELFARE ADVICE AND SUPPORT
Telephone helpline for new welfare enquiries every Tuesday 9:30am-12:00pm
Support to access welfare benefits and related housing and debt issues
Representation at appeals and medicals
Support with accessing community and social care services
Emergency drop in for those have no home, money or are at risk of eviction
Information for Irish, Polish and other people who are considering moving to or who have just arrived in Luton thisisluton.com
Information on returning to Ireland
Outreach for people who cannot easily access our centre
Support to Gypsy, Traveller and Roma within Bedford HMP Traveller Forum
Our Welfare Service is accredited by the Advice Quality Standard including Welfare Benefits Casework.
Information and advice on eligibility criteria and applying for an Irish Passport
Assistance with applications (by appointment)
I.D. Witnessing service (by appointment)
SOCIAL GROUPS & ACTIVITIES
SOCIAL GROUPS AND ACTIVITIES
See What's On or Calendar for times and days. Please note: While Covid restrictions are in place, numbers meeting at sessions in LIF are limited to help with social distancing and so pre-booking is required. Phone 01582 720337 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more or to book.
From beginners to experienced artists - all enjoy the Friday art group in LIF and Tuesday sessions by Zoom. Work from the art group adorns the Boyle Family Room in LIF and more can be viewed at https://www.artsteps.com/view/5f3abfb6029485771fa5cc5c (best viewed on a larger screen).
Baby & Toddler Group
This group is 'on hold' during Covid restrictions. A summer picnic in the park is planned for July 2021 with a return to meeting in LIF planned for September 2021.
The Calligraphy Group, including people new to calligraphy as well as experienced writers, get together every Friday (currently via Zoom). Several calligraphy works decorate the walls of the Boyle Family Room in LIF.
Our choir were unable to meet this past year due to Covid-19 restrictions but are looking forward to getting together from June 2021.
This group includes both people new to speaking Gaelic and native speakers and concentrates on conversational language. Currently meeting by Zoom, this has the advantage of meaning you can join from anywhere there's internet connection!
Our Emerald Pipe Band practises up to twice a week and performs at Luton St Patrick's Festival and other local events (when events are running).
Tuesday and Wednesday Social Clubs
These groups provide social interaction, light refreshments and bingo games in a safe and welcoming environment. To enable everyone who wants to attend while having to limit numbers at each session to ensure social distancing, we are running an additional group on Wednesday afternoons.
Tea and Chat
This group is just what it says - a good cuppa and great chat (plus a few nibbles!). In addition, the group frequently enjoys hearing from informative visitors speak on a range of topics including different food and culture, local events, home safety checks, services locally, dementia, and home security, as well as listening along to traditional Irish live music occasionally.
Luton Irish Forum’s Befriending Service helps to relieve social isolation experienced by local people. Our volunteers visit people at home or phone them on a regular basis.
All our volunteers are DBS checked (for criminal record, etc). They receive comprehensive training before becoming a befriender and ongoing support and training during the period of their befriending.
What our Befrienders can do
Visit you at home to provide company and a listening ear.
Accompany you on a walk, even just ‘round the block’.
Assist with completing official forms, e.g. applications for a Blue Badge.
Get a few essentials or ‘top-up’ your grocery shopping.
Accompany you to take part in a local activity or social group.
Provide information about other services that may be helpful to you.
Collect items from the local pharmacy.
As of June 2021, we have a waiting list of people who would like a befriender – can you help?
Get in touch to find out more.
IRISH CULTURE ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
PROMOTING IRISH CULTURE ACROSS THE GENERATIONS
Luton St Patrick's Festival
St Brigid’s Day Celebrations
Cross Cultural Community Projects
LUTON DIGITAL SKILLS AND EMPLOYMENT PROJECT
The Luton Digital Skills and Employment Project is a partnership project between Bangladesh Youth League (BYL), Luton Irish Forum (LIF) & Diversity Education, Training & Consultancy CIC.
The project supports anyone who is not in paid work in areas of high unemployment but is designed to benefit particularly adults aged 50+ and women, especially from Irish and other BAME communities, who are ‘economically inactive’ and may lack digital knowledge or other work skills. The ultimate objective is for participants to gain employment.
An initial one-to-one assessment enables a tailored action plan to be created which identifies the skills a participant needs to gain or to develop in order to compete effectively in the employment marketplace.
Participants are supported to develop those essential skills, ranging from absolute beginners using software such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint for the first time. One-to-one assistance enables each person in writing their CV, searching and identifying which jobs to apply for, applying for those jobs, including cover letters. Participants also benefit from practical hints and tips on attending interviews and making the best first impression they can.
This three-year project (running from October 2020) is partly funded by the European Social Fund and is free to participants.