Our Social Enterprise Scheme wins top award
Published: Fri, 21 Oct 2016
Our Social Housing Enterprise Awards scheme scooped a top award this week.
Director of Landlord Services, Gerry Flynn and Head of Communities, Jennifer Hawthorne, were presented with a Social Enterprise NI Award after winning the ‘Buy Social – Market Builder’ category, at a gala ceremony in the Stormont Hotel.
Last year, we launched the new Social Housing Enterprise Award scheme, investing £360,000, to develop economically vibrant and self-sustaining communities through the creation and development of social housing enterprises.
As a result of the scheme, so far: 13 new social enterprises and 22 new jobs have been created; 20 individuals gained qualifications; 13 existing social enterprises have been supported; 10 premises have been refurbished
A diverse range of projects benefited from the first round of the scheme, from an alterations business in Sandy Row, a micro-homes idea for young professionals, a digital studio in Derry-Londonderry to an upcycling shop in Fermanagh.
Speaking after awards ceremony, Director Gerry Flynn, said:
“We were thrilled to receive this accolade on behalf of the whole social enterprise team at the Housing Executive who has worked hard to create this excellent scheme.
“Despite significant investments in social housing over many years, there remain profound issues of social and economic deprivation leaving our communities the most likely to be socially disadvantaged and excluded from the wider economy.
“The Social Housing Enterprise Strategy of which the Awards scheme is a vital component seeks to address that dilemma and we are delighted to see tangible results in our neighbourhoods since the scheme was launched.
“The second round of successful applicants are about to be announced and this time they will share in a £500,000 fund. We look forward to seeing the development of more economically vibrant social enterprises in the near future.”