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£600K REFURBISHMENT COMPLETED AT LEGION COURT

People living at Clanmil Housing's Legion Court independent living housing scheme in Banbr...

YOU CAN'T BEAT THE CLASSICS

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TOP AWARDS FOR DEVELOPMENT AND PROMOTING EQUALITY

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£600K REFURBISHMENT COMPLETED AT LEGION COURT

28 March 2019

People living at Clanmil Housing's Legion Court independent living housing scheme in Banbridge are celebrating the successful completion of a major refurbishment project.


Copyright Banbridge Chronicle: Tenants with Clanmil's Tony Giffen Group Director of Assets, Clare Mc Carty Group Chief Executive and Pol Callaghan Group Director of Housing and Customer Experience

Legion Court provides 32 easy to manage one bedroom flats and 1 three bedroom flat for people generally aged 60+. The facilities and services at the scheme help support independence, providing companionship, an active lifestyle and security.


Copyright Banbridge Chronicle: Tenants with Clanmil’s Tony Giffen Group Director of Assets, Clare Mc Carty Group Chief Executive and Pol Callaghan Group Director of Housing and Customer Experience

At a cost of £600,000, the seven-month renovation project, carried out for Clanmil by JMC Contractors, included the refurbishment of the kitchens within all of the apartments, external redecoration, access improvements, refurbishment and redecoration of communal areas and the installation of new windows and external doors.

Clare Mc Carty, Chief Executive at Clanmil Housing Association, who also joined the tenants for their celebration event, said:

“It’s a pleasure to join our residents to celebrate the successful completion of this extensive refurbishment project that has delivered many improvements to their homes both inside and out. I’d like to thank our contractors, JMC, for the fantastic job they have done in rejuvenating Legion Court. We are also really grateful to our residents for their patience during the work and I hope that they will continue to enjoy life at the ‘new and improved’ Legion Court.”

David Halliday who has lived at Legion Court for the past 11 years, is very happy with the improvements. He said:

“I’m just delighted with my refurbished kitchen and all the work that’s been done.  The work men couldn’t have been nicer, or more helpful and Legion Court is a lovely place to live.  I have a nice bright apartment and my neighbours are so friendly.  I feel very much at home here.”




YOU CAN'T BEAT THE CLASSICS

27 March 2019

Nostalgic movie goers living at Clanmil Housing developments in Ballymena, Antrim and Magherafelt took a trip down memory lane on Tuesday 26th March at a special showing of the film classic ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ in the Wild Duck Inn, Portglenone.



The one-off screening was the result of an ongoing partnership between Film Hub NI and Clanmil Housing.  Together, the two organisations are bringing film right into the heart of the communities where Clanmil works. While previous showings in Belfast, Bessbrook and Dungannon have targeted families and young people, Tuesday’s movie was specifically chosen to appeal to an older audience.

The event was one of the first to come from a new community network established by Clanmil tenants living in the Ballymena and Antrim areas. The aim of the network is to help people living in these neighbourhoods collaborate on initiatives to improve health and wellbeing in their communities.

More than 60 people attended the free showing from five of Clanmil’s Independent Living housing schemes - Slemish Court and Moatview in Ballymena, Gloonan House in Ahoghill, Allen Court in Antrim, Brennan Court in Magherafelt and Clanmil’s new family development, Wakehurst Court in Ballymena. Transport to the Wild Duck Inn was provided as well as a light lunch, before everyone settled in to enjoy the movie.

Linda Hargy from Wakehurst Court said “I really enjoyed the event today. It’s great seeing so many people from different areas living in Clanmil properties enjoying a lunch and watching a classic film together.  There was a warm friendly atmosphere throughout the day.  It’s nice knowing that Clanmil try to encourage tenant participation in this way”.

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

“We are excited to continue our partnership with Film Hub NI by bringing a classic cinema experience to communities we work in across Ballymena and Antrim. We hope everyone who came along enjoyed meeting up to watch an all-time classic!

“Events like this can make an important contribution to creating a sense of community. Shared experiences can help develop the lasting relationships and true sense of belonging that helps communities thrive.”




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 19th 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.”



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