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."