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Thanks to a grant of almost £500,000 from the Big Lottery Fund’s Reaching Out: Connecting Older People programme we have introduced “Treasure House”, a new five year project designed to improve the quality of life, health and self esteem of isolated older people living in our housing schemes across Northern Ireland.
At Clanmil, we place great emphasis on activities as a means of promoting healthy living and wellbeing for our tenants. The Treasure House project, which we run in partnership with National Museums NI, gives our tenants the chance to engage with their neighbours outside their scheme environment, to share a day out and to learn something new together.
A Vast Array of Activities
Our tenants enjoy monthly workshops at National Museums’ sites throughout Northern Ireland and the opportunity to take part in activities such as making harvest knots, arts and crafts, baking, reminiscence, candle dipping, black smith demonstrations, listening to music and many other traditional activities. The activities prompt memories and promote conversation that continues long after the sessions end, helping to build good neighbour relationships and a strong sense of community at each scheme.
Project activities enjoyed by our tenants so far include sessions exploring the textile collection at the Ulster Museum, something that was of particular interest to those tenants who had worked in Belfast’s many linen mills and clothing factories, soda bread making at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and recreating Christmas during the war.
Enthusiasm and Excitement
Our tenants’ enthusiasm and excitement has been overwhelming and in the first year more than 70% of those who have attended one project session have signed up for more.
See how our older tenants are staying connected:
Kind hearted staff and tenants at Clanmil Housing’s Abercorn Court, Cramsie Court and Hezl
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