Meet the team

The Birmingham Irish team

Select a team member to find out their role

Maurice Malone

CEO

Maurice Malone

CEO

At the age of 18 I worked in Adult Social Care & Health for Birmingham City Council, almost 20 years later, 2004 I joined Birmingham Irish Association as their Service Manager and in 2012 I became CEO for the organisation. I enjoy the constant challenge that we face on a daily basis and obviously the results we are able to provide to our service users problems. We have a great staff team who care about their service users and go that extra mile to get the job done. We work with some extremely vulnerable adults, some of whom have been using our services for decades as there is no other charity/organisation who provides for their complex needs.

Loraine O'Rourke

Loraine O'Rourke

I started working for the organisation in 1999 as Irish Older Adults outreach worker. I have a background in Social Work with older adults, learning disabilities and mental health. As Social Worker within the organisation, I worked for a number of years with children and families. My current role is as Senior Family Support Worker supporting children, young people and families in partner secondary schools.

Yvonne Elliott

Dementia Team Member

Yvonne Elliott

Dementia Team Member

For 18 years I worked for Birmingham City Council, Services for Older People, within Sheltered Housing and then as an Extra Care Scheme Manager. After taking my redundancy in 2014, I came to Birmingham Irish Association as project coordinator for IWIC assist, a service to assist older adults stay in their own homes. I now work in the dementia team at Birmingham Irish association.

Terry Collier

Terry Collier

I have been at Birmingham Irish association for over two years. I love my job and the activities I run. I cover many different types of activities but specialise I a range of seated exercises designed for older people. Seated activates include general exercise, Tai-Chi, dancercise, relaxation sessions, exercise games and supported exercise. Other activities include Bingo, baking and confectionary, quizzes and games such as play your cards right and countdown.

Shelley Elliott

Shelley Elliott

I joined Birmingham Irish Association as a volunteer in 2008. I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering in the reception so when the vacancy for an activity worker came along in 2010 I jumped at the chance to apply and was delighted to join the team. Typical day for me now would be organising our Tuesday Club activities, co-ordinating our activities within St Anne’s Parish Centre, and covering our main office when needed.

Paula Royle

Paula Royle

I joined in 2008 prior to which I worked in retail, originally from Staffordshire. I now live in the heart of Birmingham. My family are first generation Irish. My role is varied – one day I could be recruiting new staff the next I could be reconciling the monthly accounts, as I am the HR & Finance Officer.

Kate Boyle

Kate Boyle

As part of the Health Enablement Team, we work with the Irish Community across Birmingham to support them to engage with any health service (eg GP, outpatient’s, etc) that they need to encourage any health issues they have to be addressed, allowing them to be as involved as possible in making choices about treatment,etc. Also make referrals such as to Social services for care packages, OTs for equipment and other agencies as needed and support with meetings and decision-making right up to end of life.

Rosie Pocklington

Rosie Pocklington

I joined in 2005. Previous relevant experience is: Citizens Advice Bureau (advice volunteer), National Debtline (debt adviser), NHS Direct (health information worker), Terrence Higgins Trust (Information Officer. Provided information and advice on HIV, welfare benefits and housing case work, organised information events, organised fundraising, training, volunteer support). Typical day: Completing Personal Independence Payment applications, helping with Irish Pension applications, writing column in Harp and offering information/support to people who have arrived from or wish to return to Ireland.

Bernie Walsh

Bernie Walsh

Outreach Worker, Health Enablement Team- originally joined as part of the Supporting People team in 2003. Role is to support Birmingham’s Irish Elders to access services for their health and wellbeing. If I could have written my own job description, this would be it: I get to meet such great characters and hopefully support them to maintain their fiercely held independence. In my freetime I enjoy long walks, good books, attempts at cooking, pottering in the garden and catching up with friends and family over the odd glass of wine.

Yvonne Price

Yvonne Price

Hi my name is Yvonne, I'm originally from a banking background when everyday was groundhog day so I decided to go back to college and studied Counselling which bought me to Birmingham Irish Association 6 years ago, possibly one of my best ideas. I joined the Primary Care Team and then moved on to my current position of Volunteer Coordinator. I have the pleasure everyday of working with the best team of volunteers you could ever wish to meet. I also get to deliver Bereavement Support so my Counselling skills are still used to help people in need. I also coordinate a Befriending Service which is a life line to isolated older adults. I enjoy live music and good company.

Trudy McGroarty

Trudy McGroarty

Prior to working at Birmingham Irish Association I worked in adult Mental Health services for many years. I joined the Adult Health Team at Birmingham Irish Association and worked with our elderly service users to ensure their health needs were met, that they had a GP, assisted them to hospital visits, ensured they took good care of themselves. I now have a team of 8 staff who are providing superb services throughout Birmingham, from health care outreach to our activities groups. My days are always varied some days I may spend organising a trip to Scarborough for a small group of our service users, the next I’m running a line dancing group in Shard End.

Winston Francis

Driver

Winston Francis

Driver

I have lived in Birmingham for 52 years and worked as a bus driver. I started volunteering for Birmingham Irish Association in April 2014 as a Driver and heard about the charity from the BVSC. I am now employed as their part time mini bus driver.

Carmel Moffat

Volunteer

Carmel Moffat

Volunteer

I joined in 2012 after reading an article in the Harp newspaper asking for help with the oral history project. I worked on the project transcribing the oral histories for four months and then moved onto working on the reception with Una. I moved to Birmingham in 1970

Una

Volunteer

Una

Volunteer

I started as a volunteer here in November 2011 after a staff member made an appeal for help at one of the Tuesday Club meetings. My role is always fun, very varied and working with Carmel in the reception is great fun.

Carmel

Volunteer

Carmel

Volunteer