Housing Executive celebrates Shared Neighbourhood Programme

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Sunday, March 11th, 2012

Some members of the Shared Neighbourhood Programme

A group of Newry locals joined groups from Brownlow, Lissize, Fivemiletown and Enniskillen this week to celebrate the work achieved by the Housing Executive’s Shared Neighbourhood Programme. The event, hosted at the Executive’s South Area Office in Craigavon, highlighted the successful work being done by community groups. The group’s work was aided by the Shared Neighbourhood Programme, a programme which aims to “develop shared areas where people choose to live with others, regardless of their religion or race, in a neighbourhood that is safe and welcoming to all”, according to the Housing Executive. Head of the Housing Executive’s Community Cohesion Unit, Jennifer Hawthorne, said, “The Housing Executive is delighted to be able to celebrate the vital contribution being made locally by groups who work tirelessly to improve community relations and cohesion where they live and work.” She continued, “A lot of excellent work is being done by these groups to develop relationships between and within communities. Today’s event provided an opportunity for those attending to highlight the benefits, and identify the challenges, offered by the Shared Neighbourhood Programme. It also provides us with feedback on how best we can support this vital work.” According to the Housing Executive, “the community groups are helping to develop an awareness of the diverse groups to be found in local communities and to recognise the valuable contributions these groups make to our society”. For more information on Housing Executive initiatives, you can visit their website here.
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