Exercise class initiative wins award
Published: Mon, 13 Jun 2016
Parents in North Belfast are being offered the opportunity to exercise while their children are being looked after, thanks to our Social Enterprise Award.
Kelly Molloy is behind the Wee Chicks Fitness initiative in north Belfast, which was successful in securing £1,000 from the first round of our Social Housing Enterprise Award.
“I wanted to offer affordable fitness classes and provide crèche facilities to carers of children. It’s difficult to find time to work out when you have children so this is the perfect solution. I only charge a small fee, making the classes accessible to everyone.
“My plan is to get people moving and improve their overall health by providing nutritious recipes on social media. The social enterprise award helped towards the setting up of the classes and crèche facility.”
Thirty-five local projects - from community cafes to mental health support services - across Northern Ireland received awards totaling £363,000.
Ward Erwin, our Social Investments Manager, explained:
“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 tenants’ quality of life 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 - details will be posted on the Housing Executive’s website.”