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Community conference gets groups #FitForFuture

Published: Thur, 2 Nov 2017
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Patricia McQuillan, Central Housing Forum & James Kerr, Verbal Arts Centre
Patricia McQuillan, Central Housing Forum & James Kerr, Verbal Arts Centre
Over 100 community groups from across Northern Ireland gathered for the annual Housing Community Network Community Conference this week.
Held in partnership with Supporting Communities and ourselves and opened by Linda Watson, Chair of the Central Housing Forum, this year’s conference had a digital theme.
Groups were being made #FitForFuture with a huge focus on bridging the ‘digital divide’, as experts in branding and social media gave hands-on advice and guidance on communicating with communities.
Organisations providing expert advice at the conference included the Verbal Arts Centre, Incommunities, The Hive Studio, We Are Resource, Social for the People and the Department of Finance.
We also showcased our ‘Digital for Change’ programme, where tablets have been provided to tenants, who had broadband installed in their homes.
Our Interim Chairman, Professor Peter Roberts said:
“We put great store on the contributions of all our partners who help us to create and maintain safe and successful communities.  
“The presentations today demonstrate the range and quality of the work of partners and we wish to acknowledge their efforts and the inspiration that they provide to others.”
Colm McDaid, Chief Executive of Supporting Communities, said:
“Community representatives and staff look forward to this event each year – it’s a major focus in the community calendar.
“It serves as a platform for best-practice sharing for Housing Community Network groups and gives the opportunity to foster vibrant communities, while giving the opportunity to network and learn.”
The conference was hosted in Templepatrick.