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Chair of NI Housing Executive (Nicole Lappin) visits KWC at Kilcooley Square

NI Housing Executive Chair, Nicole Lappin, Explores Kilcooley Women’s Centre’s Impact

Today, Kilcooley Women’s Centre in Bangor had the honor of hosting a VIP guest – Nicole Lappin, the Chair of the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE). The visit was a testament to the critical work being done at the centre to support NIHE tenants in the area and uplift and elevate the entire community. From providing crucial services to families, women, and children to building community cohesion and empowerment, Kilcooley Women’s Centre is a leading organisation delivering the transformation in the Kilcooley area.

A Comprehensive Approach to Support & Tackling the Cost of Living Crisis

During her visit, Nicole Lappin had the opportunity to witness firsthand the diverse range of services offered by Kilcooley Women’s Centre. From early intervention programs to the Bangor social supermarket, community cafe, and wellbeing initiatives, the centre and the organisational teams leaves no stone unturned in its mission to address the multifaceted needs of the community.  The team explained the huge challenges faced by families locally, including the lived experience of hardship, heating or eating choices and the knock on effect this is having including school attendance, health inequalities and mental health challenges.  Colleagues within the NIHE  agreed to continue to collaborate with the centre to explore new and innovative ways of supporting people locally, and at the earliest opportunity when crisis hits .

Supporting Families, Women, and Children

At the heart of Kilcooley Women’s Centre’s work is a commitment to supporting families, women, and children. Through tailored programs and services, the centre provides vital resources and support to empower individuals and strengthen family units. From parenting classes to childcare and early years assistance, the centre ensures that families have access to the support they need to thrive.

Early Intervention Programs

Early intervention is key to addressing issues before they escalate, and Kilcooley Women’s Centre is at the forefront of providing proactive support to individuals and families. By offering early intervention programs, the centre aims to prevent crises and equip individuals with the skills and resources needed to overcome challenges and build brighter futures.

Building Community Cohesion

Community cohesion lies at the heart of Kilcooley Women’s Centre’s ethos. Through a range of initiatives and activities, the centre creates a sense of belonging and connection among residents, promoting social inclusion and unity. From community events to collaborative projects, Kilcooley Women’s Centre brings people together to create a stronger, more resilient community.

Empowerment through Wellbeing and Employment Support

At Kilcooley Women’s Centre, empowerment is more than just a buzzword – it’s a way of life. Through wellbeing programs and employment support services, the centre equips individuals with the tools and confidence to take control of their lives and pursue their goals. Whether it’s mental health support or skills training, Kilcooley Women’s Centre empowers individuals to unlock their full potential.

A Bright Future Ahead

Nicole Lappin’s visit to Kilcooley Women’s Centre was a powerful reminder of the impact that community organisations can have on the lives of individuals and families. As Chair of the NI Housing Executive, her support and endorsement of the centre’s work underscore its importance in the local community. With Kilcooley Women’s Centre leading the way, the future looks brighter for Bangor residents, filled with hope, opportunity, and empowerment.

Get Involved

If you’re inspired by the work of Kilcooley Women’s Centre and want to get involved, there are plenty of ways to support their mission. Whether it’s volunteering your time, making a donation, or spreading the word about our programs and services, every contribution makes a difference. Together, we can continue to build stronger, more resilient communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

Nicole Lappin’s visit to Kilcooley Women’s Centre was a testament to the centre’s dedication to supporting NIHE tenants and building community empowerment. As we look to the future, let us continue to lobby for more support organisations like Kilcooley Women’s Centre in their mission to create positive change and build brighter futures for all in the Ards North Down region. 

For more information on centre services contact the team on 028 91478292.