BKN Up-cycling receives funding boost
Published: Fri, 3 Jun 2016
A treasure trove of beautiful objects awaits at BKN Up-cycling’s shop in Nugent’s Entry, Enniskillen.
The social enterprise, which was developed by the Beacon Centre in Fermanagh, one of the many mental health services operated across Northern Ireland by Niamh (the Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health), promotes wellbeing through art and recently received a £10,000 grant from our Social Housing Enterprise Awards to help in its expansion.
Thirty four other local projects across NI are also celebrating after receiving grants totalling £363,000 for a range of social enterprise initiatives from us.
Aimed at building services and creating new jobs in local housing communities, the individual awards ranged from £500 to £50,000. The scheme forms an integral part of our new Social Housing Enterprise Strategy.
BKN Up-cycling was set up to give those recovering from mental ill-health the opportunity to develop existing skills and learn new ones in the up-cycling environment.
This green enterprise aims to reduce waste as it re-uses objects which might have ended up in land-fill through up-cycling. Items which have been up-cycled include chairs, suitcases, desks, bottles and off-cuts of wood.
Yvonne Fallis, BKN Up-cycling co-ordinator, said:
“For those who volunteer within BKN, having the chance to use their skills to create beautiful objects from waste materials is an important step in regaining purpose, building confidence and contributing positively to the local environment and economy. We were delighted to receive this funding from the Housing Executive’s Social Housing Enterprise. It will contribute greatly to the ongoing success of this vital project in Fermanagh.”
Ward Erwin, our Social Investments Manager, said:
“We are committed to building vibrant and self-sustaining communities throughout our housing stock and these investments are a valuable means of doing so.
“By helping address issues of employability, the environment and building inward investments locally, we hope that our tenants’ quality of life and that of the wider community will be enhanced.
“We estimate that 40 new jobs are being created through our investments, along with 16 new services introduced and technical support provided to another eight local groups to develop business plans
“Also, I’d like to encourage communities, their local organisations and others to apply for the next phase of the Investment Scheme when it opens in June.”