Celebrating receiving £350k from the National Lottery

Birmingham Irish Association celebrates after receiving £350k from the National Lottery to help older adults living with dementia.

Local community group, Birmingham Irish Association, is today celebrating after being awarded almost £350,000 in National Lottery funding to support its work with older adults living with dementia and their families. The group will use the money to expand the number of dementia centres to seven over the next three years.

Birmingham Irish Association has a 60 year track record in continuously engaging with, and responding to changing need within our communities building on individuals strengths and dignity..

The group now run three sessions per week in Digbeth in the City Centre and two further pilot sessions in the communities of South Yardley and Kingstanding.

There are approximately 60 people regularly accessing services and we have a waiting list of almost 40 who we are currently unable to accommodate. Those currently using our services come from the length and breadth of Birmingham, with pick-ups at 20 different locations city wide in specially adapted transport recently kindly donated to us.

The new funding from The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest community funder in the UK distributes money raised by National Lottery players for good causes, will see these sessions expanded to the new centres across Birmingham, benefiting 1000 living with dementia and their families.

At the same time the group will grow our innovative work currently funded by BBC Children in Need to increase support for the school age children in families who are experiencing dementia by providing a safe space for them to have fun and get support with peers with shared experiences.

Maurice Malone, CEO, says: “We’re delighted that The National Lottery Community Fund has recognised our work in this way. Now, thanks to National Lottery players we will be able to grow our much needed work and continue to have a positive impact on whole families who are experiencing dementia.