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98connect 2016 AROUND THE WORLD GREAT BRITAIN T H E I R E L A N D F U N D O F G R E A T B R I T A I N NEWSThe Ireland Fund of Great Britain has entered its second year of partnership with Celtic Football Foundation and North Lanarkshire Leisure which is successfully delivering numerous projects under the Football For Good banner to transform the lives of marginalized adults by improving Health promoting Equality encouraging Learning and tackling Poverty HELP. An array of information services and classes has been rolled out to promote health and well-being of older adults. Programs including walking football for older men badminton classes and a pilot learn to swim program are all making a meaningful and lasting impact on the well-being of recipients. This is in addition to 306 older adults participating in strength and balance classes which are designed specically around mobility balance endurance and exibility as well as teaching a method of getting o the oor after a fall. Another partnership highlight has been the celebratory event attended by 378 older adults showcasing a range of physical activity sessions that they were able to participate in. In 1888 founding father Brother Walfrid established Celtic as a means of raising money to alleviate the rampant and devastating poverty that was ravaging the East End of Glasgow in the late 19th century. Now 128 years on circumstances have changed but the need for support in one of the UKs most deprived areas still exists. In keeping with the Clubs historical founding principles at a time of year when many are cherishing all that they have The Foundations Christmas programme recognizes those who have nothing by working to alleviate homelessness and poverty. The program will help 200 local families enjoy a happy Christmas and also provide support for 10 charities that care for the homeless and other disadvantaged groups including refugees and women and children in refuge. The working partnership has resulted in a visible improvement in the well-being and livelihood of older groups as well as other marginalised groups most at risk. Thanks to the support of Ireland Fund donors this initiative rooted in the shared principles of inclusion heritage and benevolence is prospering. In particular the St. Patricks Festival project marks the shared values between North Lanarkshire Leisure and Celtic FC Foundation through the promotion and celebration of Irish heritage and identity. In keeping with the partnership objectives the two-week long St. Patricks Festival featured tea dances for older adults exhibitions of Irish music and a number of other appropriate Irish cultural evenings and celebrations. This provided opportunities to bring older and younger people together who would otherwise feel isolated and marginalized.