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Irish Ambassador visits Leeds Beckett

The Irish Ambassador, Daniel Mulhall, recently visited Leeds Beckett University for a presentation event for city charity, Leeds Irish Health and Homes (LIHH), to celebrate them receiving national recognition for their excellence in people management.

Irish Ambassador.

Well Met Conferencing, the conference office at Leeds Beckett, welcomed the not-for-profit organisation to the Rose Bowl to celebrate its award of the Investors in People Gold Standard, which was presented by Daniel on 10 November 2015.

Around 60 delegates, made up of the charity’s employees, volunteers, community residents and staff at Leeds Beckett, attended the event.

As well as Daniel, keynote speakers included the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman; LIHH Chair, Mel Nally; and Professor Ieuan Ellis, Pro Vice Chancellor and Dean of our University’s Faculty of Health and Social Sciences.

The organisation has built up a close working relationship with our University; Senior Lecturer in social sciences, Angela Grier, is a director on the charity’s management board and students from our university volunteer and conduct research for the charity.

Speaking at the event, Professor Ieuan Ellis said: “This award is such a fantastic achievement for LIHH and we are delighted to be able to provide a space for such a great event.. We have such a great relationship with LIHH, working alongside them in the community and it is essential that this partnership continues to flourish.”

Daniel added: “It is essential that the charities that we assist, like LIHH thrive, and it is brilliant to see their fantastic work recognised by such a large British organisation. I have really enjoyed being here today to meet so many people and to see that support is provided so effectively to vulnerable people.”

LIHH was created in July 1996 following the concern of the over-representation of Irish people in the mental health system, the high number of homeless older Irish men in Leeds and the large proportion of the community living in single rooms and boarding houses.

Over the course of its 19 year existence, the charity has grown substantially in size and now employs 20 staff, providing assistance to around 300 people. One of its most substantial sources of financial assistance comes from the Irish government’s Emigrant Support Programme, which provided a £120,000 grant into 2015. 

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