FAMILIES WELCOMED TO NEW SHARED FUTURE IN BANBRIDGE
30 August 2019
Clanmil Housing Group has celebrated the opening of a new £5 million Shared Neighbourhood in Banbridge with a welcome event for new residents and the wider community.
The event marked the official launch of the new Hawthorne Gardens development which is one of 10 shared neighbourhoods being delivered under the Northern Ireland Executive's Together: Building A United Community (TBUC) strategy which aims to build a more shared society.
The homes at Hawthorne Gardens have been allocated to people from the social housing waiting list and the different religious and cultural background of the residents will ensure a shared future for the people who live there.
The new 32 home development provides ?4 specially designed wheelchair homes, 11 two-bedroom semi-detached family houses and 17 two-bedroom apartments, including 15 specifically for active older people. The total cost of the homes was £5 million, with the Department for Communities funding £2 million through the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and Clanmil Housing funding £3 million through private financing.
Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive at Clanmil Housing was joined by local political representatives in welcoming the families to their new homes. She said: "Shared housing schemes give people the choice of living in neighbourhoods with people from many backgrounds and traditions and Clanmil is committed to delivering modern, quality homes that are welcoming to all.
"There has been 100% sign up to a good relations charter by the people who live at Hawthorne Gardens. This sets out good neighbour principles agreed by the local community and demonstrates our tenants' commitment to living together in a mixed neighbourhood.
"These families are helping to shape the future and Clanmil will be supporting them as they settle into their beautiful new homes and new neighbourhood."
Clanmil has been working with local schools over the past number of years to promote an understanding of what living in a shared neighbourhood means. This work has included a cross-community arts programme for three primary schools -Edenderry Primary, Bridge Integrated Primary and St Marys Primary - along with an ongoing project with Banbridge High School pupils.
Gillian McDowell, whose family has moved into one of the new homes, said: "Everyone is getting on really well. We're getting to know each other and the kids are playing together and enjoying the green space. It's how I want my family to live and I'm sure it's the same for the other tenants. I don't really think about it as shaping the future. We're just getting on with our lives in our lovely new homes."
£170K MAKE OVER BRINGS A TOUCH OF ART DECO BACK TO THE SAVOY
21 August 2019
People living at Clanmil Housing's The Savoy independent living housing scheme in Bangor are celebrating the successful completion of a major refurbishment project.
Clanmil Chair Joy Scott (2nd from left) and Group
Chief Executive Clare McCarty (3rd from left) along with other members of the Clanmil team,
joined people living at The Savoy in Bangor, to celebrate the successful completion of a major refurbishment project.
The Savoy provides 56 easy-to-manage apartments for people over 60. The accommodation and services at the scheme help support independence and an active lifestyle for the people who live there.
At a cost of £170,000, the four month renovation project, carried out for Clanmil by Kingsway Contractors, has ensured that the homes at The Savoy will be comfortable, safe and secure and a really good place to live for many years to come.
The building, formerly the Savoy Hotel and a Bangor landmark, was built in 1932 and converted into independent living apartments for older people in 1990. It is one of Northern Ireland's best examples of 1930's Art Deco architecture and this most recent refurbishment gives a nod to the past with a distinctly Art Deco theme.
The project included replacement doors throughout the building, redecoration of the exterior, including the iconic Savoy sign, access improvements and redecoration of the communal lounge which is now called 'The Gaston Room' after the family who ran The Savoy Hotel. Framed images of Bangor 'back in the day' and copies of Gaston Tours brochures are displayed around the building as a reminder of its illustrious past.
Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive at Clanmil Housing, joined tenants and staff to celebrate the successful completion of the project. She said:
"It is a pleasure to join in the celebrations. This project has delivered many improvements to people's homes, both inside and out. I would like to thank our contractors, Kingsway, for the fantastic job they have done in rejuvenating The Savoy. We are also really grateful to everyone who lives here for their patience during the work and I hope that they will continue to enjoy life at the 'new and improved' Savoy."
Mr Samuel Glover who has lived at The Savoy for almost 4 years with his wife, is very happy with the improvements. He said:
"I am delighted in the change in the property, it has been worth waiting for and I really like the Art deco finish and the additional space created for us tenants to enjoy our activities. I would like to thank Sinead and Ciara from Clanmil, for the planning of it all."
FORMER ARMY HOUSES BECOMING NEW FAMILY HOMES AT LAST
24 June 2019
Work is underway on the refurbishment of 59 former Ministry of Defence (MOD) properties at Mountview Drive in Lisburn to provide a mix of social and affordable homes.
Cllr Jonathon Craig, Trevor Lunn MLA, Niall Boyd Clanmil and Susan Keating from Harmony Hill Community Group.
The homes were transferred to Clanmil Housing Association by the Department for Communities in March 2019 following a lengthy delay when, due to the ongoing stalemate at the Northern Ireland Assembly, there was no Minster in place to authorise the transfer.
The go-ahead for the transfer of the homes to Clanmil was one of the first decisions taken by senior civil servants under arrangements introduced in October 2018.
The work will bring the homes back into use for letting to families from the waiting list and for affordable sale.
In 2014, Clanmil refurbished a first phase of 36 of the former MOD homes in the area, providing social homes and homes for sale through a part ownership, part rental scheme.
Clare McCarty, Group Chief Executive of Clanmil Housing, is delighted to see the second phase of refurbishment work underway. She said:
"Refurbishment is bringing these vacant houses back to life as much needed, high quality, affordable family homes.
"We worked closely with the Department for Communities to progress the transfer but the lack of an assembly delayed the refurbishment and left the homes lying vacant for longer than they should have. We are delighted that a mechanism is now in place to allow important decisions like this to be made and we are really looking forward to seeing the first families moving in by the end of the year and making these homes their own."
CUPCAKE DAY AT CULLINGTREE MEADOWS
13 June 2019
Kind hearted tenants and staff at Clanmil Housing's Cullingtree Meadows, supported housing for people living with Dementia, off the Grosvenor Road, held a Cupcake Day to raise much needed funds for Alzheimer's Society.
Members of the Alzheimer's Society and Clanmil Staff with Claire and Angela who live a Cullingtree Meadows
In the average time it takes to bake a batch of cakes, six people in the UK will develop dementia. It is now the leading cause of death in the UK overtaking both cancer and heart disease. The tenants hope to 'bake a difference' by taking part in the Alzheimer's Society 'Cupcake Day'.
The successful day which was organised by the people living in Cullingtree Meadows, who raised over £90, will help to fund pioneering research, crucial support services and vital care. In hope to fight against the UK's biggest killer and raise awareness of dementia.
Cullingtree Meadows is a supported housing scheme especially designed for people living with dementia. With 24-hour specialist dementia care and support delivered by Belfast Health and Social Care Trust staff and tailored to each tenant's assessed needs, helping them live independently in their own apartment.
Nicola Neill, Scheme Co-ordinator at Cullingtree Meadows said;
"We had a lovely day - it's a wonderful way to get together with friends and neighbours and fundraise at the same time. Clanmil believes in promoting active ageing for tenants at our supported housing schemes and events like this help them stay busy and involved as well as raising money for a very worthwhile cause. The money we raised, will help the Alzheimer's Society to continue to be here for anyone affected by dementia - wherever they are, whatever they're going through."
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