Outreach worker, Brian Boylan, worked tirelessly to try and meet the needs of many of the elderly Irish immigrants in London.
Unable to care for themselves, many lived alone in squalid conditions, unaware of supports or their entitlements. For many, loneliness is the biggest issue.
I spent a few days in London filming some of the work of the Irish emigrant services outreach workers, and made a half hour special programme for RTÉ’s Nationwide, broadcast on 20th June 2005.
Here are a few clips from the programme.