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Clanmil's Jonathan is a NIFHA 'Housing Hero'

20 October 2020

In September, Clanmil participated in a campaign led by the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations to highlight the important role housing associations play in communities throughout Northern Ireland.


Jonathan Morrow, Clanmil Maintenance Technician has been selected for NIFHA's 'Housing Heroes' Billboard Roadshow


The #HousingHeroes campaign focussed particularly on the housing sector's contribution and impact during the COVID-19 pandemic. Part of that campaign included the a 'Housing Heroes' roadshow, which travelled around Northern Ireland visiting each of the 11 council areas.

Clanmil is delighted to that one of their team Jonathan Morrow, was selected to help front the campaign.


Jonathan Morrow, Clanmil Maintenance Technician


Jonathan is a Maintenance Technician at Clanmil, and has been out and about safely doing essential repairs throughout lockdown in order to keep people safe and comfortable in their homes at a time when home is so important to us all.

During lockdown, he collected hand sanitiser when it was hard to source and delivered it to Clanmil's older peoples housing schemes throughout Northern Ireland. He also delivered ICT kit and supplies to Clanmil staff the length and breadth of the country so that we could move quickly to work offsite and maintain vital services to our tenants.

Other Clanmil staff whose contribution was highlighted as part of the campaign were Linzi Webb, Good Relations Officer; Nicole Payne, Care Assistant; Deborah Shanks, Neighbourhood Services Officer; Brendan Morrissey, Supported Living Manager; and Angela Rouchy, Money Advisor. Clanmil tenants Sean T Traynor, Margaret Millar and Maya Goodfellow were also recognised for their work within their communities.

All of these people had an incredible impact on other peoples' lives during the coronavirus outbreak, and the NIFHA campaign gave us, an opportunity to celebrate them as Housing Heroes.




A World of Fun with the Festival in a Box

28 September 2020

Clanmil, Radius and APEX Housing to deliver over 1000 Cultural Festival Boxes

When you can't bring people together for a festival what do you do? Bring a virtual festival to the people - in a box! That's the solution three housing associations have come up with when they couldn't hold their Cultural Diversity Festival in Ormeau Park owing to the current Covid social distancing measures.



The original Cultural Diversity Festival was being planned by three Housing Associations - Radius Housing, Clanmil Housing and Apex Housing - to celebrate the diverse cultural traditions of communities living in south and east Belfast. However, with the current Covid public health restrictions in place, the planned festival cannot take place, but rather than let the opportunity to celebrate our cultural diversity pass, the three organisations decided that if they couldn't bring people to a cultural festival, then they would bring the cultural festival to the people in a box full of innovative ideas, recipes and activities from cultures across the world.



This week the three partners have delivered the Festival in a Box to 1000 homes, 40 schools and 40 community groups across Belfast. The Boxes include games, recipe ideas and music, with the aim of building understanding and respect for the many cultures in our diverse society. While the box is full of recipes and cultural activities from around the world, it also highlights the local history
and culture of the communities in which we all live in.



The box includes:

One World Box with Recipes, craft activities and materials from around the world;
Fighting Fit - 6 weeks of Online 'Zoom' Fitness Sessions;
Activity Packs on Northern Irish History;
Irish History and The Tin Whistle - including a tin whistle;
Pizza Pack - make your own pizza at home;
Radius Exercise Cards and Workout Logs; and
Additional booklets and information sheets on culture, health and well-being.



The project has been supported by a range of organisations, including Artsekta, Extern Connections, Belfast Community Sports Development Network, Alternatives and An Droichead. The project has been funded by the Department for Communities Shared Housing Programme which has its origins in the NI Executive Together: Building United Communities Strategy. The Festival Boxes have been delivered to homes in Ravenhill, Ormeau Road and Felden as part of these areas Good Relations Plans. In addition, the Festival Boxes were delivered to Harding Memorial Primary School, Malvern Primary School and the Annadale and Haywood Residents Association.

Speaking at the launch, Sharon Traynor from Radius Housing said:

"The aim of the cultural festival is to celebrate the diversity and difference within our communities. Sharing the food, dance, crafts and activities from many different countries helps us to understand diversity and enjoy new experiences. Last year we were able to deliver the festival in the Ormeau Park with over 2000 in attendance, and while we would love to be gathering in Ormeau Park for this year's festival, the Festival in a Box will virtually bring the smells, tastes and fun of so many cultures to homes and schools across Belfast."

Philip Whyte from Clanmil Housing added:
"Covid-19 has impacted on so many services and organisations, but it was important for us as housing associations that the work we do to build strong and diverse communities continues. As we all learn to adapt to working and living through this pandemic, we are finding new ways of connecting with people, and while the Festival in a Box is an innovative way to share cultural experiences, we hope that next year we can all meet up and celebrate together."

Donna Richmond from Apex Housing said:
"We were so disappointed to not be able to gather in Ormeau Park this year to enjoy the festival and appreciate the different cultures that live within the area. It is always nice to connect in person with our tenants and the wider community. We have all been forced to adapt to a new way working and engaging. We hope that the cultural boxes bring some joy and understanding of the diverse community we live in. Hopefully next year we can celebrate this festival together in Ormeau Park. Keep safe."




AROUND THE WORLD IN FIVE NIGHTS

15 September 2020

To mark Good Relations Week 2020, Clanmil Housing Group is presenting a series of virtual bedtime stories from around the world in partnership with CraicNI.


Ana Semedo and her daughter Maya enjoying bedtime stories from around the world delivered on Facebook by Clanmil Housing and CraicNI to mark Good Relations Week 2020.


Each story comes from a different country - Portugal, Poland, Japan, France and South Africa - and is being told by award winning storyteller Liz Weir MBE. Liz is bringing the stories to life with her own special storytelling magic and is joined each evening by a guest who is also telling the story in their country's native language. As well as the stories, young listeners are able to learn a little about each country's culture.

The stories are aimed primarily at primary school children living in and around Clanmil's shared neighbourhood developments but are available for everyone to enjoy on Clanmil's Facebook page each night at 7.00pm, between 14th and 18th September.

Clanmil currently has shared neighbourhood housing schemes in Belfast, Newtownabbey, Banbridge and Dundrum. These developments have been delivered under the Northern Ireland Executive Together: Building A United Community (T:buc) strategy and the Programme for Government 'Housing for All' Shared Housing Programme led by the Department for Communities.

Shared neighbourhoods give people the choice of living alongside people from many backgrounds and traditions in neighbourhoods that are welcoming to all.

Tim O'Malley, Community Development Manager at Clanmil Housing said:

"For Good Relations Week this year Clanmil is bringing the opportunity to celebrate diversity to your home. We are really excited to present five fabulous stories from around the world for families to enjoy and reflect upon. We hope that families will click on our Facebook page each night this week at bedtime and join Liz Weir and the team at CraicNI for a whirl-wind trip around the world.

"These tales really are the stuff of dreams. But as well as entertaining and delighting our young audience at bedtime, they also tell an important story about diversity. We hope the families who tune in also enjoy hearing about some of the different cultures that make Northern Ireland a truly multi-cultural place to live."

Ana Semedo, a Clanmil tenant and also one of the guest storytellers, has been listening in to the Facebook stories each evening with her daughter. She said:

"I've really loved being part of this project and being able to share a traditional Portuguese bedtime story as well as something of my culture. I tell my daughter Maya this story often and it's a firm favourite with her. I'm hoping that other children listening all over Northern Ireland enjoy it just as much as she does.

"The stories have all been so different this week and Maya and I have loved hearing about each storyteller's country."

Eileen Chan-Hu, Executive Director/Founder at CraicNI said:

"We're delighted at CRAICNI to be taking part in this year's Good Relations Week with Clanmil - to have the opportunity to share stories from our diverse training team and to become storytellers working alongside Liz Weir MBE! We've worked with Liz in the past and it's a real 'cultural art' to deliver stories with passion and authenticity! This is part of our educational services in cultural awareness and we are so pleased to have diverse trainers now living in Northern Ireland share stories from their cultures and countries with everyone.

"Through listening, learning and hearing different languages and by meeting our storytellers from Portugal, Poland, Japan, France and South Africa, you can travel the world from your screen. We look forward to the storytelling CRAIC!"

Good Relations Week 2020, which is running from Monday 14th to Monday 21st September, has gone digital this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. This year's theme is 'Celebrating Our Journey, Embracing Our Future', and Clanmil's bedtime stories initiative is one of more than 150 online events taking place across Northern Ireland during the week.




BANBRIDGE RESIDENTS BOND OVER ANCIENT EXERCISE REGIME

21 August 2020

A group of people living at Hawthorne Gardens in Banbridge have come together to organise outdoor tai chi sessions in order to promote good community spirit at their housing development.


(L-R) Carol Hanna, Austin Kelly from Clanmil, Robert McCurdy and Florence Weir join Karen McStraw of the Tai Chi for Health Institute (centre) for a tai chi class at Hawthorne Gardens.


This is the first community project undertaken by the newly formed Hawthorne Gardens Residents' Group who plan to run more events and activities for people living at the housing scheme as a part of a 5 year Good Relations Plan. The Plan is being developed in association with local political and community representatives and Clanmil Housing, who own and manage the development. The plan will support Good Relations Projects for communities within a 5 mile radius of Hawthorn Gardens.

Hawthorne Gardens opened in Summer 2019 and is one of 10 shared neighbourhoods led by the Department for Communities and delivered under the Northern Ireland Executive Together: Building A United Community (T:buc) strategy which aims to build a more shared society.

Shared neighbourhoods give people the choice of living alongside people from many backgrounds and traditions in neighbourhoods that are welcoming to all.

Originally developed as a martial art in 13th century China, tai chi is now widely practiced for its health benefits, reducing stress and improving balance and mobility.

Robert McCurdy, Chairperson of the Hawthorn Gardens Residents Group said:

"The class is the first of a series of planned outdoor, socially distanced events that the recently established residents' group is planning. These events are aimed at encouraging interaction between people living here at Hawthorn Gardens as well as helping to improve the general health and wellbeing of participants."

Austin Kelly, Community Cohesion Officer at Clanmil, has been supporting people living at Hawthorne Gardens to set up the new residents' group and to develop a programme of activities. He said:

"We are delighted to be able to support this group who are taking the lead in creating a vibrant community within their scheme. Activities like this give people opportunities to come together, enjoy each other's company and get to know each other better - so important in a strong community.

"We are really encouraged by the positive response from the Hawthorne Gardens neighbours today. It was lovely to see people come out to exercise together in the sunshine. I'm really looking forward to working with Robert and the other residents on more great initiatives like this.



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