CHOICE Housing have brought together the residents of Cairnmartin Road, for a Community Family Fun Day, aimed at promoting good relations across housing associations in NI as part of the H.A.I.P Project.
As an intergenerational event, the tenants and families enjoyed lots of fun, with a lively Disco Bus, Bouncy Castle, Face Painting, Refreshments, and a Barbecue, with assistance from the ladies of the Twaddell Women’s Group.
The Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP), a €1.1m project funded by the EU’s PEACE IV Programme which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB) launched in July with Choice joining Clanmil, Apex and Radius Housing Associations, in their aim to build and sustain positive relationships with local people and their neighbours from different cultures and countries.
Match-funding for the project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
Carol Ervine, Group Director of Tenant & Client Services said:
“Choice are proud to be part of this important and innovative project. It is vital that our residents feel safe in their own communities, while developing meaningful, long-lasting and respectful relationships with their neighbours.
“It was great to see so many come out and show their support for this event and enjoy a great day.
“The programme will have significant regional impact on the social housing sector as a whole as well as for Choice residents specifically. We look forward to reaping the rewards and seeing the journey local residents will take throughout this process”.
Alfie McCrory, Twaddell & Woodvale Residents Association said:
“This event allows the residents of Cairnmartin Road an opportunity to get to know each other as a community to live, learn and socialise together free from prejudice and intolerance.
“Moving forward we hope we can meet with residents from other areas, cultures and religions, and begin to form cross border and inter-community partnerships for future working together”.