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Specialist fitness studio opens

Published: Fri, 5 May 2017
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Attending the opening (l-r) George McGowan, from Old Library Trust; Ken Breslin, our local representative and; Connor Smith, our Social Housing Enterprise team.
Healthy living
A new specialist health and well-being studio for people with chronic and long term illnesses in Derry~Londonderry, has been funded by our Social Housing Enterprise programme.
The Old Library Trust, based in the Creggan area of the city, recently set up the ‘Lifestyle Hub’ within its Healthy Living Centre.
George McGeown from Old Library Trust said:
“We were delighted to receive £20,000 from the Housing Executive which allowed us to fully equip our new studio so that we can provide a wide range of health, well-being and fitness programmes to assist those living with chronic or long term illness.
“Our vision is that we will begin to trade on a more commercial basis and attract members of the local community into the studio as well. In the future the Lifestyle Hub will act a as catalyst for training and education for those interested in health, well-being, exercise and fitness delivery.
“The Healthy Living Centre is committed to developing the Lifestyle Hub as a social enterprise and would like to thank both the Housing Executive for the funding and Brian O’Neill at the North West Social Enterprise Hub for their support and guidance.”
Established in 2001, the Old Library Trust (OLT) set up a Healthy Living Centre in the Triax area of Creggan offering a wide range of programmes and services around social, physical and mental health. The Centre adopts a community development approach and engages in services for families and individuals of all ages, abilities and backgrounds.
Our Social Enterprise Manager Paul Carland said:
“We are delighted to support this worthwhile initiative which will benefit local people with long term illnesses and the local community in the form of new training and employment opportunities.
“The third round of the Social Housing Enterprise programme is now open to applications. We are encouraging individuals and local groups with a good idea which will create a more vibrant community, to get in touch.”
Since its launch in 2015, we have 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 grants for a range of social enterprise initiatives including: community cafés, mental health support services and furniture upcycling initiatives.
If you’re interested in finding out more about the Social Housing Enterprise programme please contact our team on socialinvestments@nihe.gov.uk