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Poyntzpass children draw their ‘dream home’

Published: Tue, 25 Mar 2014
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Competition winner Ethan Dempsey, Poyntzpass PS receives his prize from John McAleavey, and Principal Mrs A Lindsay
Poyntzpass Primary School winner Ethan Dempsey
Local school children from Poyntzpass have taken part in the Housing Executive’s ‘Draw Your Dream Home’ competition.
The competition is part of a programme of events to help decide if new social or affordable housing is needed in the Poyntzpass area.
John McAleavey, Assistant Housing Services Manager for the Armagh area, explained: “Through this competition which we ran in Poyntzpass PS and St John’s and St James’ Primary School we are encouraging anyone in housing need to register with the Housing Executive.  
“Often in rural areas people do not register with us as they feel they will have little chance of being housed in their local area. Unfortunately this leads to a situation where no new homes are ever provided because there is no apparent need.  The survey we are undertaking in Poyntzpass aims to give a clearer picture for us.”
As well as a drawing sheet, each child was given a leaflet for their parent or guardian that encouraged anyone in housing need to come forward and let the Housing Executive know.
Leah Magill, St Johns & St Josephs Primary School with her winning drawing alongside John McAleavey & school Principal Pauline McAvoy
Poyntzpass St Johns St Joseph's primary School Leah Magill
Janet Agnew, Senior Housing Officer, who visited the schools recently with John McAleavey to present the prizes, explained that given the high standard of the drawings it was difficult to choose a winner. She commented:
“While we might not be able to provide all of the great features designed by the children like swimming pools and games rooms, identifying if there is a need in Poyntzpass is the first step on the road to providing decent homes where they are needed.  
“There is still time to let us know so I would encourage anyone in housing need in the Poyntzpass area to contact us by 31 March calling 028 3831 5870 or send an e-mail to quoting ‘LD Poyntzpass ’.  If you’re on Twitter why not contact us using #homesforpoyntzpass”.
John McAleavey also thanked the staff from both Poyntzpass and St John’s and St James’ Primary Schools for their help in organising the competition.  The winner in St John’s and St James’ was Leah Magill and for Poyntzpass PS it was Ethan Dempsey.