The Housing Associations Integration Project (HAIP) is going from strength to strength, comfortably meeting or exceeding programme delivery targets.
The project is supported by the EU’s Peace IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
Project partners are now operational in 37 housing developments/neighbourhoods across the region (3 short of our target of 40), including a number of cross border communities in Co. Donegal. TIDES Training have completed 28 community audit reports to date, providing valuable information and understanding of those communities that we are engaging with.
Over 600 participants have attended community building events that help bring tenants together in communities, often for the first time, and enable them to get to know each other better and help build sense of community in those areas. Additionally, we have had 137 local tenants attending workshops in their local communities to discuss key findings from their community audits and to map a way forward for future engagement with the project.
The project Good Relations Officers are delivering a wide range of activities for those neighbourhoods that have progressed to stage 3 of the project. All stage 3 activities are delivered on an inter community/ cross community basis. Examples include tenants from South Belfast (Clanmil) and Randalstown (Radius) completing joint committee skills training, tenants from 4 neighbourhoods in the North West (Apex) completing a joint cultural study visit to Belfast, tenants from Dungannon and Coalisland (Clanmil) completing first aid training together, and tenants from Ballymena and Randalstown completing healthy eating workshops. Apex Housing have organised the first OCN accredited Good Relations themed training for project participants. This was delivered by TIDES Training and 10 tenants successfully completed the course.
All these activities provide the opportunities for tenants from different areas to get to know and engage with others and provide firm foundations for future relationship building.