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KWC Join the NI Housing Executive ‘Housing Community Network’

Kilcooley Women’s Centre Joins NI Housing Community Network to Build Better Community Relations and Support Public Housing Residents in Ards & North Down

We are pleased to announce that Kilcooley Women’s Centre has  joined the Northern Ireland Housing Community Network (NIHCN). This strategic move is aimed at enhancing community relations, building collaboration, and strengthening partnerships to better support residents living in public housing, particularly in Ards and North Down.

Strengthening Community Relations

Joining the NIHCN aligns perfectly with our mission to empower and uplift women and families in our community. Public housing residents often face unique challenges, and by being part of this network, we aim to:

  • Enhance Communication:
    • Facilitate open and effective communication between residents and the NI Housing Executive and other statutory bodies to ensure that concerns and needs are promptly addressed.
  • Promote Inclusivity:
    • Create a more inclusive environment where all residents feel valued and heard, building a sense of belonging and community spirit.
Enhancing Community Collaboration

Collaboration is at the heart of community development. By joining the NIHCN, we are committed to:

  • Sharing Best Practices:
    • Exchange ideas and best practices with other member organisations to improve our programs and services.
  • Joint Initiatives:
    • Participate in joint initiatives and projects that address common issues such as housing quality, safety, and access to services.
Building Partnerships

Strong partnerships are essential for creating sustainable change. Through the NIHCN, Kilcooley Women’s Centre will:

  • Engage with Stakeholders:
    • Work closely with NI Housing Executive, local councils, and other community organisations to develop and implement programs that benefit public housing residents.
  • Leverage Resources:
    • Pool resources and expertise to create more impactful and efficient solutions to the challenges faced by our community.
    • Collaborate on key priorities such as the cost of living crisis, poverty, food and fuel insecurity and affordable childcare. 

Supporting Residents in Ards and North Down

Our primary focus will be on supporting residents in Ards and North Down, areas where we have deep roots and a strong presence. Here’s how we plan to make a difference:

  • Community Programs:
    • Expand our existing community programs to include more initiatives tailored specifically for NIHE residents, such as educational workshops, health and wellness activities, and financial literacy courses.
  • Advocacy and Representation:
    • Act as a voice for residents, advocating for better living conditions, more resources, and greater investment in public housing.
  • Support Services:
    • Provide direct support services, including drop in support and advocacy services, job training, and childcare, to help residents improve their quality of life and achieve their personal and professional goals.

Looking Ahead

Joining the NIHCN is a significant step forward for Kilcooley Women’s Centre. It provides us with a broader platform to advocate for the needs of public housing residents and to drive positive change in our community. We are committed to leveraging this opportunity to build stronger, more resilient communities where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

We look forward to working closely with our partners in the NIHCN and to the positive impact this collaboration will have on the lives of those we serve.

Stay connected with us for updates on our initiatives and the progress we make in partnership with the Northern Ireland Housing Community Network. Together, we can create a brighter future for all residents of Ards and North Down.

Kilcooley Women’s Centre is dedicated to empowering women and families through community engagement, support services, and advocacy. Our membership in the Northern Ireland Housing Community Network marks a significant milestone in our efforts to improve the lives of public housing residents in Ards and North Down.