Executive puts emphasis on good relations

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The Housing Executive has been putting good relations at the heart of its social housing programme in Newtownabbey, with several Building Relationships in Communities (BRIC) projects taking place across the borough.

Building stronger communities is one of the key themes of the Housing Executive’s 42nd annual report, which was published last week.

The document reveals that the Executive carried out work in 88 estates across Northern Ireland as part of the BRIC programme.

Whiteabbey Community Group has successfully completed the Shared Neighbourhood Programme, aimed at supporting areas to develop shared housing neighbourhoods.

The community group has now been selected as a Community Advocate to further improve the area as a shared community and share learning with other groups embarking on the BRIC project.

“I am delighted that Whiteabbey Community Group has progressed onto the BRIC programme in recognition of their proactive approach and genuine commitment to building relations and improving the quality of life for all within the diverse Whiteabbey community,” said NIHE’s Chris Davis.

New Mossley has also signed up to the BRIC programme and community workers there are currently working on developing a good relations plan for the estate. Young people from the estate are also taking part in good relations training alongside a group from Bawnmore.

According to the annual report, the Executive carried out schemes to improve over 26,000 homes across Northern Ireland during the past year, including heating installations, kitchen replacements, external maintenance and double glazing.

“We remain committed to delivering quality services, as we continue our work to support communities, urban and rural, working with them through our strategies to tackle homelessness, community safety, good relations, health, supporting people and energy efficiency,” said NIHE chairman, Donald Hoodless.

The Housing Executive’s annual report can be downloaded at www.nihe.gov.uk