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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.”




Forget Cannes! Local communities set to get the full film festival experience (with a twist…)

01 November 2018

An exciting new initiative aims to project the thrills of the silver screen right into the heart of communities in Belfast and beyond.


Georgia and Antonio Brown with mum Clara get into the Halloween spirit ready for the screening at the Curzon apartments in Belfast


Film Hub NI, working with Clanmil Housing Association have unveiled an ambitious project which takes in four local communities, 36 classic movies and three mini festivals in just four months!

The idea couldn’t be simpler. Tenants of Clanmil Housing from across four communities – three in Belfast, one in Dundrum - get to pick the films they want to watch from a specially selected movie menu.

These 3 selected film choices are then screened slap bang in the heart of the communities, over one day, in a mini-movie festival atmosphere targeted at Primary School Children, younger teens and 15 plus.

The first round of these mini movie fests are taking place over Halloween week, the second over Christmas and the final screenings over the February 2019 half-term break!

The communities involved are from the Ormeau Road in south Belfast, Glen Road in west Belfast, Dundrum and Sailortown. The 4 venues are Curzon, Ormeau Rd. Main Street, Dundrum, Caffrey Hill, Glen Road and Harbour View, Sailortown.

Proceedings kick off on the week beginning 29 October with Spooktacular cinematic extravaganzas for all ages, with movie choices including the Corpse Bride and The Babadook!

Other potential film titles for residents to choose from over Christmas and February half term, include classics such as Gremlins, Elf, Muppet’s Christmas Carol (Xmas), Lego Batman, Sing Street, Babydriver (Feb Half term!).

Organisers hope this ground-breaking, interactive pilot scheme 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 delighted to be working with Film Hub NI to bring our tenants across Belfast and in Dundrum a truly inclusive Halloween cinema experience.  These events are open to everyone and we have films to suit all ages.The movie goers themselves are even getting to vote for the film they would most like to see from a menu of blood curdling cinema classics.

“Events like these can make a really important contribution to developing a sense of community within an area.  They bring local people together in a fun way and create shared experiences that can develop into lasting relationships.  We hope people will get into the Halloween spirit and come along in fancy dress to add to the spooky party atmosphere.”

Sara Gunn-Smith, Marketing and Audiences Officer at Film Hub NI, said:

“We are really pleased to be working alongside such a forward-thinking organisation as Clanmil Housing Association to deliver this series of screenings right in the heart of the community. We believe that film is a fantastic way to bring people together to discuss important issues, learn about the world around us and be entertained so we look forward to joining the residents and local community for this series of mini-film festivals in shared spaces in Belfast and Dundrum.”

For full details of the programme and screenings go to: https://www.filmhubni.org/?post_type=projects&p=1054.




Best Housing Association for Social Enterprise

25 October 2018

Clanmil Housing has received the top prize in the Housing Association category at this year’s Social Enterprise NI Awards.



The awards, which were presented at a gala event in The Stormont Hotel in Belfast, showcase the work of the social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland.  There were more than 100 entries this year and the ceremony was attended by over 400 guests from social enterprise, private and public sectors.

This is the third year in a row that Clanmil’s social impact has been recognised at the Social Enterprise Awards. The Association took the top spot for Social Impact in both 2016 and 2017.

Tim O’Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil said:

“At Clanmil we are committed to focussing our resources where they will have the most social impact for tenants, for the neighbourhoods where we have homes and for the communities where we work. From employability programmes, to money advice, our work on Shared Neighbourhoods and our Community Development Programmes, our staff, tenants and Tenant Associations work together to create communities and put social value at the heart of what we do.

“We are absolutely delighted to have this work recognised at the Social Enterprise Awards for the third year running.”



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