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This award celebrates contributions that have made a positive difference to the life of a tenant(s) or community. Each of the shortlisted nominations have expressed in their own words why they should win. Although the winner will be chosen by you through your public vote.
The House in the Wells, a hostel for men over 18 years who are homeless and suffer from addiction has recently joined forces with a local cancer charity, The Pink Panthers. The collaboration came about following the death of 2 residents from cancer within a short period of time. The aim of the project is to forge a partnership relationship, promote awareness of cancer and the need for screening and engagement with primary care services.
Street Soccer NI uses the power of football to transform the lives of people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Street Soccer's principal partners are East Belfast Mission, the Housing Executive, and the IFA. The charity runs projects throughout the week in Belfast and Derry/Londonderry which involve football activities with additional support in housing, employability, and more. During the summer of 2016 Street Soccer began its first women's project. The project has involved weekly training and support and participation in two international tournaments. Street Soccer plans to bring the first NI women's team to the Homeless World Cup in 2017.
Anthony McGrath is a Housing Officer and has been employed with the Housing Executive for 8 years. He supports tenants/customers that live in Omagh town as well as the surrounding rural area.
In this story it is clear that he went above and above the call of duty to support someone overcome significant obstacles in order to improve their quality of life.
Earlier this year Anthony assisted a tenant who had been living in terrible conditions. Over a long period of time, using gentle persuasion and patience, Anthony was able to persuade the tenant to engage with the Housing Executive and the other supporting agencies. As a result of Anthony’s interception, the tenant’s quality of life has been immeasurably enhanced. He has assisted them to sustain their tenancy, with the appropriate Floating Support in place when needed.
Northern Ireland Housing Executive - Omagh Men's Shed
Omagh Men’s Shed allows men in the local area to engage in practical work experience and enhance their life skills. This story focuses on one of their participants; John O’Wheelie, who joined the programme 2 years ago after he suffered 2 strokes and was left unable to speak.
This year John addressed the Housing Executive’s Community Conference and he credits Omagh Men’s Shed with aiding his journey to recovery.