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Creating vibrant communities takes teamwork

Published: Mon, 10 Oct 2016
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We handed over the keys for a new van scheme to Cathal McCauley, from Teamworks, a home maintenance social enterprise based in Shantallow and one of the group’s drivers, Mickey Moore.
A community group that provides a home maintenance service and cleans up neighbourhoods in the Londonderry~Derry area has expanded its business.
Thanks to a Social Housing Enterprise Award, Teamworks, based in Shantallow, Derry, secured £20,000 from the first round of our Social Housing Enterprise programme which aims to create economically vibrant communities through the creation and development of social enterprises.
The business offers a number of services in the local community including; joinery, painting and decorating, clearing overgrown pathways, removing graffiti and repairing fences. The group also offers home security services such as fitting door locks.
Cathal McCauley, Director of Teamworks, said:
“The award has meant that we can employ an assistant manager to look after administration and that means we can take on even more work.
“Up until now we couldn’t afford a decent van, we used old vans which regularly broke down or hired vans and paid hire fees. Having a reliable van has been all the difference to our business and it’s all thanks to our social enterprise award.
“Expanding the business means we can employ more staff and provide training opportunities for people in the area.”
Paul Carland, our Social Enterprise Liaison Manager, said:
“We are delighted to support this excellent business which is already making a big difference to people’s lives in the local area.
“The Social Housing Enterprise Awards scheme was set up to help groups like Teamworks grow and this in turn will help create vibrant neighbourhoods for local people to live in.”
To find out more about our Social Housing Enterprise programme, follow the link.