The FIS Capacity Building Team have been involved in helping establish an Irish Society on the island over the last few months.
Last year, the Embassy referred an individual to FIS who had asked for help and the FIS development team was able to provide some long distance support which resulted in a meeting to start a new Irish Society on the Island. We researched sources of help and support locally and compiled a resource pack which we sent both electronically and by post. The pack consisted of some advice plus lots of information about:
As a result we received this email:
“Dear Miss White, We have now set up our first meeting on the island… We have a committee and letterhead which has gone out all over the island to inform all interested parties about the aims of this support group - to give assistance to all fellow country men and women here on the island, and we are hoping to have educational classes, art and heritage, social and welfare plus housing forums.
So as you can see we will endeavour to build a fine and balanced society for all the Irish on the Isle of Wight. Hopefully in the future we shall be able to hold weekly meetings in a venue larger than the library, yet from little acorns grow large trees.
And since then the group has:
They intend to :
We look forward to receiving the application to join the Federation from the newly formed ‘Isle of Wight Irish Support Group’.