Family support

Providing support services to children, young people and their families.

Birmingham Irish Association have been working in our school community for the past 3 years, in that time they have made a significant contribution to the lives of pupils and families in our school.Their Family Support workers reach out to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, offering concrete help. They work with all members of our school regardless of faith or race. I think we have been lucky with our support worker who always goes that extra mile, she embodies the mission statement of the Birmingham Irish Association. In this time of austerity I do not know who would do the necessary work if Birmingham Irish Association were not doing it. We need them.

Glen Alexander – Head Teacher, Arch Bishop Ilsley

We as teachers obviously care deeply about our youngsters but as everyone knows only too well the pressures upon us to be seen to perform well academically are many. This of course is right, however, the pressures upon children and family life outside of school are also extremely challenging for them; this is where Loraine from Birmingham Irish Association provides a vital link with a human and kindly face between school and family that otherwise would not exist. Loraine cares about the families she works with – as I write this, I can recall at least six young men and women who successfully completed their education and enhanced their life chances as a direct result of the partnership which exists between the school, Loraine and Birmingham Irish Association.

Anna Labas – Deputy Head, St John Wall School

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