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Party Time at Fountain Street

Published: Thur, 14 Jul 2016
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Our Chairman Donald Hoodless (centre) meets Fountain of Fun cartoon characters, local children, Gina Devine (far left) and Lorna Brady (far right) from Fountain Street Community Development Association. Also in attendance is Niall Eastwood from our Social Investments team.
Chairman with characters
A Strabane community group is expanding its children’s party business, thanks to our social enterprise award.
Local people in the Fountain Street area are being offered affordable party packages and costume hire from ‘Fountain of Fun’.
The community group has also recently opened a secondhand shop ‘New2You’, stocking clothes and furniture.
Fountain Street Community Development Association is behind the initiative which was awarded £10,000 in the first round of the Social Housing Enterprise Investments awards
The group’s Project Coordinator, Gina Devine, said:
“People find it hard to pay for expensive party venues for their children, but we offer a more affordable rate. We provide a complete package of entertainment, cards, face-painting and cartoon characters. Our party packages are proving really popular and we’re hoping there will be plenty of interest in our new shop as well.
“Without funding from the Housing Executive we wouldn’t have been able to set up Fountain of Fun. Our aim is to start making our own money so that in the future we won’t have to rely on funders.
“Our aim is to help regenerate this area and offer a number of services to local residents. We have lots more ideas that we plan to get off the ground in the near future. There has always been a terrific community spirit in the Fountain Street area and we want to build on that.”
Our chairman Donald Hoodless was recently given a tour of the Fountain of Fun facilities and met community representatives and local residents.
Our Strabane Office Manager, Noel McNulty, said:
“This social enterprise is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to support this project. We would encourage other local groups or individuals with a good idea to apply for the next round of the Social Housing Enterprise Investments awards.
“The enterprise investments scheme is aimed at developing economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through the creation and development of social housing enterprises.”
Ward Erwin, our Social Investments Manager, said:
“The 34 awards in the 2015 Round have already brought about tangible changes within the successful communities and, with awards ranging from £1,000 up to £ 50,000 available, there are real opportunities for local people to create something which could bring about lasting benefits to their community.
“Even where an individual or community organisation has an idea which is new and innovative but not yet fully developed, we do encourage them to contact us. In addition to ourselves, there are a number of organisations with whom we are collaborating who could help bring that idea to reality.
“If you want to see the difference we have made in communities across NI then check out our film.
Are you interested in setting up a social housing enterprise business in your estate? Then the Housing Executive wants to help.
Applications are now available online.
The scheme will remain open to applications until the 22 August 2016, with phased awards being made in November 2016.
More information is available at on our website.