Our Director ‘slumming it’ to nail poverty housing in developing world
Published: Thur, 30 Jul 2015
Our Director is teaming up with colleagues in the housing sector to help ‘slum it to nail poverty housing’ in the developing world.
And it’s all happening at the Sunflower Festival in Hillsborough this weekend.
Paul Isherwood, our Director of Asset Management, has been invited to join a team from Helm Housing Association to take part in Habitat NI’s unique challenge event, the Shack Attack.
The team will be tasked with building a shack from scrap materials and will sleep out overnight, experiencing some of the challenges faced by families living in poor housing every day in the developing world.
Paul Isherwood said:
“I am delighted that the Housing Executive has been invited to partner with Helm and Habitat NI to break the cycle of global poverty housing. The home is the centre of all human development, wherever it is in the world.
“It is fitting that the Housing Executive, as a social housing provider aiming to ensure that affordable high quality sustainable housing and neighbourhoods are provided across Northern Ireland, helps those charitable organisations trying to do the same in the developing world.”
The Chief Executive of Helm, Michael McDonnell said:
“Helm is excited to be involved in such an innovative project as part of our continued partnership with Habitat for Humanity, and now in partnership with the Housing Executive.
“This project not only highlights the necessity of the work of the social housing movement in Northern Ireland but also to see the value and importance of housing need beyond Northern Ireland.”
There are 1.6 billion people in the developing world who do not have a decent place to live, with 20 people dying every minute from conditions related to poor housing, according to Habitat.
The organisation serves a family in need every four minutes.
The Shack Attack event takes place this Saturday and Sunday (August 1st and 2nd) during the four-day Sunflower Festival.
If you want to get involved, check out the website To sign up to the two day event each team member must pay a £60 deposit. This includes parking, a Shack Attack survival packs, meals during the event and a four day festival and stay pass. Maximum of six per team. Families are welcome. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.