2015 was a BIG year for the Irish Australian Welfare Bureau. We reached a milestone 20th year and celebrated this achievement in style at Parliament House. It was also a year of change; we welcomed some new faces on to the Committee and grew our team with the appointment of a new Coordinator and part-time Outreach Worker.
Now, as we head into our 21st year we feel it is time to celebrate this ‘coming of age’ with a new name and brand. It is important that we retain our loyal members, many of whom have been with us from our incorporation in 1995, whilst also attracting new members to help us expand our Irish network in NSW.
Thanks to the combined effort of staff, Committee and volunteers, the organisation has evolved immensely over the past twenty years in order to meet the changing and complex needs of the varied Irish community in NSW. Although welfare remains an important part of what we do, we need our name to reflect the wide range of services we now offer; including social inclusion opportunities, referral, outreach, advocacy, and health and wellbeing services.
After extensive consultation with our clients and members, and a unanimous vote at our Special General Meeting on 20 January 2016, we are delighted to officially rename as the IRISH SUPPORT AGENCY NSW INC.
Over the last few months Committee and staff have worked tirelessly to develop a new brand and logo and are delighted to unveil the end result on St Patrick’s Day 2016. Our shiny new website will promote awareness of our services across Australia and Ireland, and increase our accessibility for those who need our help.
We hope you like our modern new look as much as we do…now go explore our new site!