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First Mid Ulster Networking Event takes place

Published: Thur, 30 Nov 2017
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From left Niall O'Kane, Carntogher Comm. Ass., Phyllis Clarke Fivemiletown Estates, Michael Dallat NIHE, Castlecaulfield Horticultural's Bob McClure & Bernie McKenna, Mid Ulster Chair Kim Ashton, Comghal McQuillan NIHE, Aiden Campbell, South & Rural Comm. Networks
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First Mid Ulster Networking Event takes place in Cookstown
We recently hosted the inaugural Mid Ulster Networking Event at Killymoon Golf Club, Cookstown
The event, which the Housing Executive organised, was the first time that statutory and voluntary organisations from across Mid Ulster will come together to address a number of important issues concerning the local community.
Our staff were joined by Mid Ulster District Council, Supporting Communities and the Rural Community Network as well as various organisations from the area to provide information for groups and individuals.
A number of social enterprises and local groups provided advice and guidance for budding businesses in Mid Ulster, to hear about some of the difficulties and successes when starting out.
Some of the local community associations giving presentations were Castlecaulfield Horticultural Society, Carntogher Community Association and Fivemiletown Estates Group.
Our Mid Ulster Area Manager Michael Dallat said:
“The aim is to encourage community groups to explore collaborative working with statutory agencies. It is hoped that locally based organisations will be able to network with like minded groups and individuals.
"By sharing creative ideas and experiences, this will ultimately benefit the Mid Ulster community.
“We have a great variety of success stories based in Mid Ulster telling their experiences to encourage future projects from the area.
“There will also be a round table discussion taking place for tenants and residents to discuss issues impacting Mid Ulster.
“We are pleased to have so many community associations and statutory agencies in attendance  and we hope this will be the first of many Networking Events taking place in Mid Ulster hosted by the Hosing Executive."
Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Kim Ashton, added,
“The networking event is a great opportunity for us to hear first-hand from our community groups about all the good things going on in Mid Ulster. It allows the groups to exchange stories, get to know one another and share good practice.
"Doing this will not only benefit the groups themselves but also the area as a whole as it gives us the opportunity to address a number of important issues concerning the local community.
“To have such an important captive audience including many statutory and voluntary organisations together in one room can really help make a difference for the betterment of Mid Ulster.”