Housing Association Integration Project activities in Ard Chlochar, Carndonagh
The Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP) seeks to improve cross community relations in social housing. This is a €1.1m project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, which is managed by the Special EU Programmes Body. Match-funding for this project has been provided by the Executive Office in Northern Ireland and the Department for Rural and Community Development in Ireland.
The Project offers opportunity for tenants to partake in community building activities, upskill through various training opportunities and develop lasting friendships with tenants from other housing associations. Apex is working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Federation of Housing Associations, Choice Housing, Clanmil Housing, Radius Housing and TIDES Training in the delivery of the project
Following an initial community survey the activities associated with the HAIP began at Ard Chlochar, Carndonagh during the Summer. Tenants received accredited First Aid Training from British Red Cross. This session was facilitated by Geraldine Fitzpatrick, British Red Cross Educator and all tenants were awarded certificates on completion of the two hour session.
Through the HAIP programme tenants are also developing a community garden on site facilitated by gardener, Cyril Quinn, from Springrowth with both young and old getting involved. On Friday 24th of August a fun day took place on the green space located within Ard Chlochar. The younger residents, in particular, enjoyed holding the various animals from the petting zoo which was there on the day.
If you would like to receive more information on the Housing Associations Integration Project please contact Emer McElhinney, Good Relations Officer on 02871304800.
• The Special EU Programmes Body is a North/ South Implementation Body sponsored by the Department of Finance in Northern Ireland and the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in Ireland.
• It is responsible for managing two EU Structural Funds Programmes, PEACE IV and INTERREG VA which are designed to enhance cross-border co-operation, promote reconciliation and create a more peaceful and prosperous society.
• The Programmes operate within a clearly defined area including Northern Ireland, the Border Region of Ireland and in the case of INTERREG VA, Western Scotland.
• The PEACE IV Programme has a value of €270 million and aims to promote peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland.
• For more information on the SEUPB please visit www.seupb.eu