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Honesty cafe funding boosted

Published: Mon, 6 Jun 2016
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Pictured (l-r) are our Area Manager, Owen Brady, with North Down Community Network Chair, Isabelle Hamilton, our Chair, Donald Hoodless and Niall Eastwood of our Social Housing Enterprise team.
Raising a cup at the Community Cafe
A new Community Café in Bangor operates on an honesty basis where people pay what they can afford.
The social enterprise, which is located in the Flagship Centre, was developed by North Down Community Network to support local people’s social well-being. It recently received a £1,000 grant from our Social Housing Enterprise Investment scheme to purchase equipment and promotional items for the café.
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.
The Community Café offers the Bangor community a welcoming environment, an opportunity to make new friends and a place to find out about useful services.
Our Chair Donald Hoodless, along with North Down Community Network Chair Isabelle Hamilton, supports the Community Café in Bangor.
Community Cafe Donation box
Isabelle Hamilton, Chair of North Down Community Network, said:
“The café is able to offer a low cost option for people to enjoy a ‘café society’ experience for a couple of hours during the week and a chance to find out about other services they may need. 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.”
The café opens one day a week (Tuesday) 11am – 1pm and the occasional Saturday with the help of six volunteers and a member of NDCN staff. It is also able to offer befriending scheme hosted by the Bangor Salvation Army
Ward Erwin,  our Social Investments Manager, said:
“I am delighted the group received this start-up grant. The Housing Executive is 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.
“I’d like to encourage communities, their local organisations and others to apply for the next phase of the Investment Scheme when it opens later in June.”