TOP AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTING EQUALITY
28 February 2019
Clanmil Housing has scooped two top prizes and a Highly Commended at the annual Housing Awards organised by the Chartered Institute of Housing, the professional body for the housing sector.
Clanmil staff and tenants, winning two awards at the Chartered Institute of Housing, Northern Ireland Awards night
The awards, which were announced on Friday 22 February at Titanic Belfast, recognise the outstanding contribution to local communities of people working in housing and homelessness across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Clanmil’s new Cullingtree Meadows supported housing scheme in west Belfast for people living with dementia was named Best Housing Development. The scheme is run by Clanmil in partnership with the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. The restoration of the 18th century Rosetta Cottages in South Belfast by Clanmil’s Hearth Heritage Division was Highly Commended in this category.
The Association’s work in schools to promote shared neighbourhoods took the top prize in the Promoting Equality category. Clanmil is currently working to deliver four new shared neighbourhoods in Dundrum, Belfast, Banbridge and Crossgar.
Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive at Clanmil, is delighted to receive these accolades. She said;
“It is fantastic to see the work of our team recognised in this way. We are very proud of what we have achieved this year.
“These awards are also a well-deserved acknowledgment of the many partners who work with us to deliver homes and services that really meet our tenants’ needs. We are grateful to you all. Together we are delivering great homes that are welcoming to all.”
Warm and Safe Homes for West Belfast
24 January 2019
Clanmil Housing Association held a Heat Your Home for Less information event this week as part of National Energy Action’s Warm and Safe Homes campaign.
People living in the area around Caffrey Hill and in Clanmil homes across West Belfast came along to Hub West on Wednesday to find out how they can keep their homes warm and save on their energy bills.
Alex Maskey MLA, Tony Giffen Clanmil Group Director of Assets, Clare Mc Carty Clanmil Group Chief Executive and Bernadine Mc Cabe Clanmil Energy & Environmental Officer
Northern Ireland has the highest level of fuel poverty in the UK and one of the highest in the European Union, with current estimates indicating that 42% of households are affected. A household is considered to be in fuel poverty if, in order to maintain a safe and healthy level of heating, it needs to spend more than 10 per cent of its household income on fuel.
People attended the Heat Your Home for Less event where they were able to access information on energy efficiency, budgeting, switching energy suppliers and health conditions linked to cold homes. A team of experts were on hand throughout the morning with practical advice and give-aways, including Clanmil’s Money Advisors, NEA NI, Bryson Energy, NI Consumer Council and Belfast City Council, Engineers from Clanmil’s home heating contractor, CTS Ltd, provided helpful heating control demonstrations to help people get the most from their heating system.
The event was supported by a grant from Calor.
Bernadine McCabe has recently joined the Clanmil Team as Energy and Environmental Officer and will lead out a new Energy Strategy for the organisation. Bernadine said:
“Fuel poverty is a very real issue for many people living on low incomes and at Clanmil we want to do all that we can to make sure people can live comfortably and safely in their homes.
“This event is about making sure that people who are struggling to heat their homes know that there is support available and how to access it. We are really grateful to our partners who came along today with good advice and really practical money saving tips to help people avoid cold homes this winter and the misery and ill health they create.”
Pat Austin, Director of NEA said “We are delighted that Clanmil are carrying out this initiative and congratulate them on their successful Warm and Safe Homes award. The cold kills and the most recent excess winter deaths in Northern Ireland indicated a significant increase to 1,500 deaths. A third of these deaths are directly attributable to living in cold damp homes. It is therefore vital that events like this raise awareness of the importance of keeping warm and keeping safe.”
Alex Maskey, MLA, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Welfare and Anti-Poverty, said
“The scourge of fuel poverty continues to affect all levels of society, particularly the old, infirm and very young. Various reasons have been given as to the high level of fuel poverty. For example, we have a cold climate leading to a greater heating requirement, a more dispersed population, a larger proportion of the population living in the rural areas, and higher gas and electricity costs because we have no indigenous fuels. The reality of all of this is that fuel poverty can damage people’s quality of life and health.
“The likelihood of ill-health is increased by cold homes. Illnesses such as influenza, heart disease and strokes are exacerbated by the cold. Energy companies need to play a significant role in alleviating fuel poverty by looking after their vulnerable customers. Innovative measures are needed if we are, as a supposedly civilised society, going to fight the continuing scourge that is fuel poverty. So, I would like to commend Clanmill for the work in this field and I look forward to a proactively working with them to help elevate the scourge that is Fuel Poverty.”
Gremlins in the works for Community Christmas Cinema Season!
20 December 2018
An NI-wide community cinema initiative is stepping into Christmas with a range of movie screenings guaranteed to warm the festive cockles!
As part of an ongoing project, Film Hub NI, working with Clanmil Housing Association have announced a string of family Christmas classics to be screened on their very doorstep!
The festive choices which include Elf, Gremlins, Nightmare before Christmas and Love Actually will be screened in the heart of socially housed communities in Bessbrook, Dungannon, South and West Belfast.
This is the festive leg of an ambitious project, is also supported by ‘The Housing Associations Integration Project’ (HAIP), is a unique cross-border initiative aimed at promoting good relations across housing associations in Northern Ireland and the Border Regions. The €1.1m project, which is funded by the EU’s Peace IV Programme managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB), will bring together social housing residents from a range of religious and cultural backgrounds to share experiences, learn about differences and embrace diversity in the communities in which they live.
Organisers hope this ground-breaking, interactive pilot scheme - which began with a successful series of spooktacular Halloween Classics in October - won’t just directly connect communities with cinema, but will lead to further engagement, with the hope of rolling out further community cinema projects throughout Northern Ireland.
Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil Housing, said:
“We are excited to continue our partnership with Film Hub NI by bringing a festive cinema experience to communities we work in across Belfast, Bessbrook and Dungannon. Following on from a really successful Halloween movie festival, we hope our Christmas classics will bring a touch of movie magic to the build up to the big day.
“Christmas is a time for family and fun and we hope the people who come along really enjoy this opportunity to celebrate together. Events like these can make an important contribution to creating a sense of community. These shared experiences can help develop the lasting relationships and true sense of belonging that helps communities thrive.”
Antrim and Ballymena Residents Network Set to Improve Health and Wellbeing
05 December 2018
People living in four housing developments across Ballymena and Antrim have come together this week to form a new community network that will help them collaborate on future initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in their communities. All developments are owned and managed by Clanmil Housing who are supporting this initiative.
Attending the first meeting of the Clanmil Antrim and Ballymena residents network are Sarah McLaughlin from Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership, Nicolas Hargy, Robin Andrews, Sam Wilson, Caroline Gray, Sylvia Bell and Austin Kelly of Clanmil Housing Association.
The Forum’s first networking event took place on Tuesday at the Ross Park Hotel in Ballymena. Over 50 people attended to develop plans for collaboration in the future. Sarah McLaughlin from Mid and East Antrim Agewell Partnership also presented information on services available locally.
Tenants from Slemish Court and Moatview independent living schemes in Ballymena attended, along with tenants from Gloonan House in Ahoghill, Allen Court in Antrim and from Clanmil’s new Wakehurst development in Harryville.
It wasn’t all work however, as participants also enjoyed bingo, a raffle, music and a buffet lunch.
Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil said:
“It’s great to see so many tenants coming together to deliver joint activities that will have a real collective benefit. We are delighted to be able to support the setup of this group who will take the lead in creating vibrant communities within their schemes.”
Robin Andrews, Chair of Slemish Court tenant association, has been actively involved in setting up the network. He said:
“By coming together as a network, our groups are learning a lot about activities available in our local area and we’ve identified shared interests and aspirations. Building relationships between the groups means we’re all able to benefit from a wide range of activities, including Coffee mornings, Luncheon clubs, Craft classes and Day trips.
“As well as this, we are sharing experience and knowledge to help each other’s groups grow. For example, at Slemish Court, we’ve been successful in applying for funding for a Greenhouse and Indoor bowling equipment. Our knowledge of the application process will help other groups develop projects of their own.”
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