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Our social enterprise building hope in Derry

Published: Mon, 24 Apr 2017
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Gerry Deeney, our Assistant Area Manager West with Donna Hutton and Gary Campbell TRIAX Neighbourhood management team.
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The Bogside and Brandywell Initiative are hoping to create a number of new jobs in the city, with a new social enterprise funded by us.
The initiative will see the creation of a pallet recycling enterprise in the area, which will upskill those within the local community who are of long term unemployed.
The BBB Initiative operates in the Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area, which comprises the Bogside, Brandywell, Bishop Street, Creggan and Fountain Street areas of Derry City.
Our Social Enterprise Programme has provided £10,000 to help purchase new premises and secure a full time employee to help progress the already flourishing business. Already 46 items have been sold as a result of the Bogside and Brandywell initiative since it began operating in June last year.
Colm Barton, the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative Development Worker said:
“Already there has been investment through our own resources into this initiative to get it off the ground. It has been very encouraging to see the progress in such a short period of time.
Our Assistant Area Manager West Gerry Deeney with TRIAX Neighbourhood management team and staff making garden furniture from used pallets.
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“The Housing Executive have been fantastic in providing not only financial support, but expert advice and guidance as to how to move our business forward. The Social Enterprise Programme offers an opportunity for community based businesses to succeed and provide a positive influence within their area.
“We hope to create a number of jobs indirectly through our initiative, as well as provide training for people within the Triax Neighbourhood Renewal Area. It is hoped the Bogside and Brandywell Initiative will encourage future businesses based in the area to succeed.”
Connor Smith from the Housing Executive added:
“We are pleased to continue our partnership with the Brandywell and Bogside Inititaive and we hope this investment helps to tackle unemployment in the area.
“This also shows the Housing Executive’s commitment to fostering vibrant communities through the social enterprise investment scheme.”