Tenant Forums & Scheme Awards 2015

31 March 2015

Our annual Tenant Forums which were held this past week in the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown for our schemes in the North West  and West,  and the Beechlawn Hotel, Belfast for our Schemes in Greater Belfast, the South and East.

We had two fantastic days themed around Health and Wellbeing. Over 350 residents and staff gathered to hear guest speakers from Cancer Focus and Folds Corporate Charity, the Alzheimers Society.
John McLean, Folds Chief Executive addressed packed audiences at both events.  He said, 'Fold performed well in the past year in terms of housing management and development performance. We were amongst the highest performing larger associations in void and income management.  And our development team achieved the largest number of new starts in the Northern Ireland Social Housing Development Programme.'
'We were particularly pleased with the engagement and support of tenants through our Tenant Focus Groups.  Tenants are having a say in how we can enhance our service offering.'
He added, 'We are pleased to report that the finances of your associations are being managed effectively and safely in these challenging economic times.'
He concluded,'We were pleased to see energy and fuel supply companies confirm price reductions.  However the medium to long term trend in pricing is upwards. Fold is therefore considering the rollout of Solar PV Panels across all sheltered and supported housing sites where renewable generation is proven to be viable. Should we proceed, all tenants will benefit from the pooled savings."
Our Director of Housing, Eileen Patterson, gave a lively presentation on the many benefits of growing older and at our North West event two residents, Irene Peartree and Isabel McAuley, shared their personal stories about how they came to live independently in Fold accommodation.
At the Belfast event we were given a wonderful performance from tenants at Deans Crook Fold, Belfast, along with children from Strandtown Primary School whom,  together, had taken part in a National Museum NI programme ˜Let's Make an Opera''. They concluded with an action song which involved audience participation.
Both events finished with lunch and a chance to relax and have a good chat and catch up with residents and staff from across Northern Ireland....trips were being tipped and outings organised and holidays highlighted!
We announced the winners of Folds Scheme Awards, or as we like to call them Folds ˜Oscars''. Judging this year was, again, very difficult due to the high standard of entries from Schemes across Northern Ireland. The Awards were presented by Fold Board members Jill England MBE and David Crothers.  Congratulations to all Winners, Runners Up and Highly Commended awardees.
North West

Best Kept Garden
Winner -Rathain Fold - Coleraine
Highly Commended -Glenravel Fold - Ballymena &Neillsbrook Fold - Randalstown
Volunteering Award
Winner Jean Mullan  Deerfin Fold - Ballymena
Runner Up -   Christine Quinn Hillbank Fold - Omagh
Best Fundraising Event
Winner “ Deerfin Fold - Ballymena
Runner Up - Neillsbrook Fold - Randalstown & Maine Fold - Randalstown
Positive Contribution to Community Development
Winner “ Rathain Fold “ Coleraine
Promoting Health & Social Wellbeing
Winner “ Deerfin Fold
Intergenerational Work
Winner - Glenravel Fold - Ballymena
Best Outing
Winner - Neillsbrook Fold - Randalstown
Top Macmillan Fundraiser
Winner - Tullaghmurry Fold “ Portstewart
Good Neighbour Award
Winner - Betty Moffett “ Neilsbrook Fold - Randalstown
Runner Up - Mr & Mrs Henry “ Portcaman Fold - Bushmills

Greater Belfast

Best Kept Garden
Winner - Oran Fold - Portadown
Runner Up “ Malton Fold - Belfast
Best Fundraising Event
Winner - Malton Fold - Belfast
Positive Contribution to Community Development
Winner “ Quoile Fold - Downpatrick
Intergenerational Work
Winner “ Kingsway Fold - Dunmurry
Best Outing
Winner “ Malton Fold - Belfast
Runner Up “ Kingsway Fold -Dunmurry
Top Macmillan Fundraiser
Winner - Malton Fold - Belfast

Good Neighbour Award
Winner “ Bobby Hagen  Kingsway Fold - Dunmurry
Runner Up “ John Beck “ Ardrigh Fold - Glengormely
You can see all the Awards pictures on our Facebook Album at www.facebook.com/foldni

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