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Social enterprise in bloom

Published: Fri, 31 Mar 2017
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Tina McCloskey, Community Co-ordinator for the Glens Community Association and Martina Forrest, Housing Executive  at the Glens Community Garden, Limavady.
Thanks to Housing Executive funding
A social enterprise initiative based in Limavady is set to spruce up the Glens Estate, thanks to the Housing Executive.
The Glens Community Association have received monetary investment through the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Programme of £1,000 to provide a gardening and outside home maintenance service for residents in the area.
The money was used to purchase gardening equipment to enhance the local area. Lawnmowers, garden blowers, hedge trimmers and essential clothing items have been secured to take the project forward.
The Glens Community Association offers a wide range of resources across the local community. Classes such as IT courses, gardening and sewing are available, as well as website designing and inclusion programmes for young people in the Glens Estate area. The Association offers a weekly advice clinic regarding benefits and money matters, with the local neighbourhood policing team providing crime prevention advice to residents.
Tina McCloskey, Community Co-ordinator for the Glens Community Association said: “We have been approached by several residents who cannot cut their grass and maintain their gardens. This social enterprise programme means that volunteers based in the local community can carry out this responsibility and install civic pride in the Glens Estate.
“This programme also will help with training of new skills and increase confidence in those people who are looking to secure employment. The new equipment purchased through the Housing Executive’s Social Enterprise Programme means that those volunteers involved have first-hand experience of using lawnmowers, hedges trimmers and other similar equipment. The community garden which is the focal point of the estate, will now receive much needed refurbishments.
Tina McCloskey, Glens Community Association with Martina Forrest, Housing Executive
“The funding secured from the Housing Executive is for everyone in the local area. This maintenance programme will not only train residents with new skills to take forward, but also improve the aesthetics of the Glens Estate.”
Our Executive Causeway Area Manager Mark Alexander said:
“The Social Enterprise Investment Fund aims at fostering vibrant communities through initiatives created by people who live in the local area. The Glens Community Association have the area they live at the forefront of their activities, and it is hoped the garden maintenance initiative will enhance the surroundings.
“The training opportunities available to residents, will ultimately have an extremely positive impact on residents seeking new challenges or employment opportunities.”