Over 200 community groups from across Northern Ireland gathered for the annual Housing Community Network Community Conference.
We held the event in partnership with Supporting Communities and the Central Housing Forum.
The conference was opened by Linda Watson, Chair of the Central Housing Forum, and focused on how community groups can make an impact in their local area.
Community representatives were inspired by guest speakers Eileen Mullan, from Strictly Boardroom, Tara Connolly, from the NI Youth Forum, and Professional Speaker & Image Consultant Billy Dixon.
The event also showcased how community led projects, supported by us and Supporting Communities, have made a difference to local people.
Clark Bailie, our Chief Executive, said:
“We put the communities we serve at the heart of everything we do and this event is a great opportunity to recognise the fantastic work that community groups do across Northern Ireland.
“I hope that the community representatives here today have been inspired to continue to make an impact in their local area and know that the Housing Executive is here to support them.”
Colm McDaid, Chief Executive of Supporting Communities, said:
“Community representatives from across Northern Ireland and staff from Supporting Communities and the Housing Executive alike look forward to this event each year – it’s a major focus in the community calendar.
“The Community Conference serves as a platform for sharing best-practice for Housing Community Network member groups and gives the opportunity to foster vibrant communities, while also giving the opportunity to network and share learning.”