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Funding Opens Door To Employment

Published: Fri, 26 May 2017
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The 4Rs Reuse Workshop
4rs Derry Derry ~ Londonderry
A recycling social enterprise in Derry~Londonderry is improving the employment prospects of young people in the city, thanks to funding from the Housing Executive.
The 4Rs Reuse Workshop, based near the city’s amenities site at Pennyburn industrial estate, received a £20,000 investment award from the Housing Executive’s Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Established in 2013, the 4Rs social enterprise upcycles unwanted furniture and electrical goods for resale while providing training opportunities in the process.
Manager Joe Brolly said: “We were delighted to receive this funding from the Housing Executive which is being used to provide training for 30 people in woodwork and engineering NVQ Level 2 courses.
“The participants are young people from the local area who have left school without any or very few qualifications. Attending our workshop allows them to gain a qualification helping to improve their employment opportunities and gain access to further education, while also building up their confidence and self-esteem.
“Our workshop will also benefit from an increase in the number of items being sold in the retail unit, thereby generating more income to sustain the social enterprise and hopefully creating more employment opportunities.”
Housing Executive Social Enterprise Manager Paul Carland said: “We are delighted to support this worthwhile initiative which will benefit local young people and improve their employment prospects.
“The third round of the Social Housing Enterprise programme is now open to applications within Housing Executive communities. We are encouraging individuals and local groups with ideas which will help create a more vibrant community, to get in touch.”
Since its launch in 2015, the Housing Executive has invested nearly £1million - creating 37 new jobs and supporting a further 24 existing posts - in communities through its Social Housing Enterprise programme.
Dozens of local projects across Northern Ireland received investment awards for a range of social enterprise initiatives including: community cafés, mental health support services and furniture upcycling initiatives.
Social Housing Enterprise applications are now open with awards available of up to £10,000, up to £20,000 and up to £50,000. The deadline for applications is Friday, June 16 at 4.00pm
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Social Housing Enterprise programme or for an application form, please visit the social housing enterprise investment scheme section of our website.
or contact our team via email socialinvestments@nihe.gov.uk.