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Working for the Community

Published: Wed, 2 Nov 2016
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Crafting change in Leafair
Leafair Men
We are supporting a social enterprise providing employment and volunteering opportunities in Leafair.
The social enterprise, which is within the Men’s Health Group, was developed by Leafair Community Association to support local people’s well-being by providing an outlet for the skills they have.  It recently received a £20,000 grant from our Social Housing Enterprise Investment scheme to purchase equipment to further their plans with the social enterprise.
The Leafair Social Enterprise offers men from the community a place where they can showcase the skills they have developed over many years work.  The can put them to practical use by training others and creating items to sell and reinvest in the enterprise. They are producing benches, tables, bird boxes, picture frame and at the moment Christmas decorations.  All of the items will be for sale and orders are welcome.
Jennifer Hawthorne, our Head of Communities, said:
“We are committed to building vibrant and self-sustaining communities across Northern Ireland.  Investments such as this in Leafair Community Association Men’s Group are a valuable means of doing so.
“This award will help address issues of employability, the environment and building inward investments locally.  We hope in turn that our tenants’ quality of life and that of the wider community will be enhanced.”
Peter McDonald, Leafair Community Association, said:
“This is another big step in the development of the Men’s group in Leafair Community Association.  We have a broad programme supporting the health and well-being of the local community of which the Men’s Shed forms an important part.
“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.”
Aimed at building services and creating new jobs in local housing communities, the award’s scheme forms an integral part of our Social Enterprise Strategy.  Thirty four other local projects across NI received grants from us totalling £363,000 in the first tranche of funding for a range of social enterprise initiatives