Fold Host Annual Scheme Awards & Tenant Forums

15 March 2016

Fold tenants and residents from across Northern Ireland have been recognised in Fold Housing Association’s annual Scheme Awards which were presented as part of the Associations’ Tenant Forums held in Armagh, Coleraine and Templepatrick recently.  Over 500 tenants and residents gathered with Fold staff for the Wellbeing themed events. Participants heard guest speakers from Fold’s Corporate Charity, the Alzheimer’s Society and enjoyed entertainment provided by comedy actress, Patricia Gormely.

John McLean, Fold’s Chief Executive said, “Fold’s Scheme Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognise the individual, teams and activities that take place in all our schemes throughout the year, from fundraising to gardening, volunteering to the best outing and good neighbours, they are all about the people and causes that matter to our tenants and make a positive contribution to community life.  Judging is very difficult due to the high standard of entries from Schemes across the country.  We congratulate the winners, runners up and highly commended awardees.”
 
Addressing the packed audience at the Forum Mr McLean spoke about future developments at Fold.  He added, “We are pleased that the installation of PV solar panels in 90 sheltered and supported housing schemes, where renewable generation is proven to be viable, is well under way.   This means that all tenants will benefit from the pooled savings on energy costs as we seek to reduce fuel poverty and Fold’s carbon footprint.
 
He concluded, “We are delighted with the very positive tenant view on our rent being good value  and with the continued support for our Tenant Engagement Programme. Tenant panels are providing valuable feedback which is having a real and positive impact how we can enhance our service offering."
 
The annual forum and scheme awards event concluded with lunch and a chance to relax and have a good chat and catch up with Fold residents and staff from across Northern Ireland.

Pictured Above: Rathfriland - Bronte Fold's Margared Qua, with tenants Drew Kennedy, Lil Johnston and Bob Millar who scooped the Best Kept Garden Award at the Armagh Forum

Pictured Below: Tenants at the Forum at Armagh;  Fold's Chief Executive with tenants Norah Thompson and Albert Galway celebrate Fold's 40th Anniversary; Glenravel Fold who scooped the Living Well Award at Coleraine and Norah Thompson who won the Good Neighbour Award at Templepatrick 
 
Please visit our facebook page to see photos and albums from all the Tenant's Forums.   Please, post a comment, like and share.

 Scheme Awards Winners for 2015
Category Armagh Forum Coleraine Forum Templepatrick Forum
Best Kept Garden
Bronte Fold, 
Rathfriland
Tullamurry Fold,
Portstewart

Neillsbrook Fold,
Randalstown

Good Neighbour
Martin Kirk,
Hillbank Fold, Omagh
Dominic O'Donnell &
Donald Harkin, Ballynascreen Fold
Draperstown
Norah Thompson,
Loughview Fold,
Holywood
Community Pride
Christine Quinn,
Hillbank Fold, Omagh
Rathain Fold, 
Coleraine – Christmas Dinner
Dean Crooks Fold,
Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast –
Gardening Club
Working Together Glen Fold, Newcastle &
Shimna College
Glenravel Fold, Ballymena &
Women’s’ Aid
Dean Crooks Fold,
Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast –
Let’s Make an Opera
Best Fundraising Event N/A Ballynascreen Fold, Draperstown – Alzheimer’s Society
Forthriver Fold,
Belfast – Memory Walk for Alzheimer’s Society
Living Well Glen Fold, Newcastle – Exercise ClassNeillbrook Fold, & Maine Fold,  Randalstown – Trip to Glasgow Glenravel Fold, Ballymena – Various activities Kingsway Fold, Dunmurry – Music,
Movement & Mirth
Most Original Outing  N/A Foyle Fold, Derry-Lononderry - Parliament Buildings, Stormont Neillsbrook & Maine Fold, Randalstown - Trip to Glasgow

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