Irish Women's Support Group
Thursdays 10.00am – 12pm
Open to Irish women of birth and descent, this group offers the opportunity to learn new skills, offer and receive support and share feelings and experiences in a friendly environment. The group is run by an experienced facilitator. New members welcome, just drop in anytime. The group is supported by the Irish Emigrant Support Program.
The Irish Women’s Group provides a space where women are made to feel at ease, while keeping up with the wider world. Conversations cover personal and domestic matters as well as social and political happenings and supporting each other through past and present challenges.
The Irish women’s group continues to meet for two hours every Thursday morning, unless we go out on a trip. In spring, we have picnicked at Queens Park and at Golders Hill. We have had a great day out at Ruislip Lido in the Summer and have visited a Christmas market and exhibitions at the British Museum.
We have looked up Irish singers on the web, discovering both Eleanor McEvoy who wrote ‘A Women’s Heart’ and the band Celtic Women, which gave us the chance to appreciate the huge changes that have taken place in the performance of Irish culture. We were blown away by Eleanor McAvoy performing live at an intimate gig in a church during Islington Prom. We have also found our way to South Kensington for a classical recital, followed by afternoon tea at HTB in Queens Gate.
People share happy things and problems, ideas and information. We also share irritations - such as scams and marketing phone calls and our thoughts about social and political issues both global and local. ‘You go home with lots of interesting things to think about’ as one member said.
In the autumn, we often enjoy a weekly singing practice in preparation for the Centre’s end of year party, where we lead the singing of Christmas songs.
In 2019 Ageing Better in Camden started funding our evening Creative Writing Group and we are very grateful for their support.
Women from all of our support groups attend our regular events, classes and volunteer programmes which helps to bridge communities, reduce isolation and build strong friendships.
We are very grateful to the Irish Emigrant Support Program for supporting this group.