The Conferencing Team welcomed the not-for-profit organisation to their iconic Rose Bowl venue to celebrate its award of the Investors in People Gold Standard, which was presented by Irish Ambassador Daniel Mulhall on 10 November 2015.
Around 60 delegates, made up of the charity’s employees, volunteers, sponsors and members of University faculty, attended the afternoon event which was held in one of the flagship venue’s meeting rooms.
Key note speakers included the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Judith Chapman; Ambassador of Ireland to Great Britain, Ambassador Daniel Mulhall; LIHH Chair, Mel Nally; and the Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett, Professor Ieuan Ellis.
The organisation has built up a close working relationship with Leeds Beckett University; senior lecturer of social sciences, Angela Grier, is a director on the charity’s management board, students from the university volunteer and conduct research for the charity the university has also hosted a video that the charity made 15 years ago.
Professor Ieuan Ellis, Dean of the Faculty of Health & Social Sciences and Pro Vice Chancellor at Leeds Beckett commented: “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 to celebrate this brilliant occasion. We have such a great relationship with LIHH, working alongside them in the community – through our students’ contribution - and it is essential that this partnership continues to flourish.”
Leeds Irish Health and Homes 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.
Ambassador Mulhall said: “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, in this intimate venue, and to see that support is provided so effectively to vulnerable people.”
Mel Nally, LIHH Chair added: “It’s lovely to be able to have such a great celebration to mark the charity’s accomplishments, and we can only thank Leeds Beckett University for providing such a good venue and service. The meeting room worked really well for the event, with its casual mostly standing set-up which allowed everyone to socialise and network. We are bound by tight financial restraints, so it was amazing that this room was organised for us, and has allowed us to mark this milestone with such esteemed company.”