Coventry Irish Society is recruiting for someone to support Irish Survivors access help and compensation in the upcoming Mother and Baby Home Redress Scheme.

In November 2021, the Irish government outlined its proposals for a redress scheme to compensate thousands of former residents of mother-and-baby homes.

Irish survivor is the term given to former residents of institutions run by religious congregations in Ireland, where children were placed up to the age of 16.

READ MORE ON COVENTRY’S IRISH COMMUNITY HERE

There are a significant number of Irish Survivors based in the Midlands who have previously obtained redress, but may need further help with their health and welfare.

The outreach worker will work for 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday for a salary of £25,000.

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The job advert describes the overall job: “To provide information, support, and advice to Irish Survivors to enable them to access the forthcoming Mother and Baby Home Redress Scheme.

“In addition, to conduct a health and welfare audit of Survivors and ensure they are accessing necessary health and welfare entitlements.”

It goes on: “Irish Survivors are highly vulnerable and therefore the post requires someone with high awareness and sensitivity to the Survivor’s needs and how to communicate best with them.”

Other duties include:

  • To apply for personal records for Irish Survivors as necessary.
  • To identify health and welfare benefits that Survivors are entitled to and to complete those applications on behalf of Survivors and refer appropriately where necessary to ensure Survivors gain entitlements.
  • Work with other Survivors support services and Irish welfare organisations to communicate the best way to support Irish Survivors.
  • Attend meetings and forums as appropriate to work in unity with Survivor’s support services in the UK.
  • Complete a wide range of health and welfare benefit assessments and applications. This includes Housing and Housing related support.
  • Supporting Clients with dealing with social services, care assessments and carers issues.


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If you are interested in applying for this role, you will need to be quick as the deadline is January 17.

Full information on the job can be found on the Coventry Irish Society website.

For more information, contact Simon at Coventry Irish Society simon.mccarthy@covirishsoc.org.uk / 02476256629

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