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Task Team ready to tidy up north Belfast

Published: Fri, 4 May 2018
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Task Team’s Philip & Dean with Louise Hunter, Ashton Centre & Rona Simmonds GEMS graduate with NIHE
A social enterprise with a vision to improve the appearance of homes, businesses and open spaces in north Belfast through its repair and maintenance service is looking to the future after being given funds of £40,000 by us.
Task Team, which was first set up in 2016 by the Ashton Community Trust, received the funding from our Social Housing Enterprise programme, which delivers financial support to individuals and groups who are developing a business or providing a service to residents of Housing Executive areas.
As well as helping local residents and businesses in the New Lodge, Glenbryn, Tigers Bay, Ardoyne, Oldpark and Carrickhill areas spruce up their properties, Task Team are creating two new jobs and developing ongoing apprenticeship opportunities, giving local people a chance to learn practical skills that will lead to employment.
The social enterprise plans to expand its services to companies and businesses throughout Belfast, so that profit can be reinvested for future growth, while making it possible for Housing Executive tenants to avail of low-cost services.
“We have been providing this much-needed service to north Belfast residents since 2016,” said Ciara Rea, Head of Corporate Services at Ashton Community Trust.
“We could see the potential to grow and develop the business so we applied for funding through the Social Housing Enterprise programme.
"There is a big demand for the high quality, low-cost services we provide, helping tenants with painting and decorating and minor repairs that would be their own responsibility as part of a tenancy agreement.”
Task Team's Philip & Dean completing the painting of a customer’s hallway
“Thanks to the Housing Executive, we can plan for the future, delivering much-needed services, employing key staff and providing practical training.”
Liam Gunn, Area Manager for north Belfast said:
“Social enterprises like Task Team show a real commitment to improving the environment and wellbeing for local residents.
"Their business model, which is based on moving towards self-sustainability, and their exploration of diverse income streams, is to be encouraged and welcomed.
“We’re delighted that our funding ensures they can continue to deliver much-needed services, sustain employment and support learning and development opportunities for the people who live in the area.”