The establishment of a community house in an area in Newtownabbey has been described as a real boost to residents.
The community house was recently built in Bawnmore Park, in the Bawnmore area and it is already being put to good use by local people.
Seamus Kelly, chairman of Bawmnore and District Residents Association, said: “This is an important milestone for the local community, a base from which the association can carry out its work, delivering services for the benefit of people living in this area.
“We are already seeing the value of having this locally based facility, there has been a significant increase in the number of people attending activities such as health related events, that had previously been held in locations outside Bawnmore.
“The premises have been provided by the Housing Executive and funding from the Department for Social Development’s Small Pockets of Deprivation programme will assist with running costs for the Community House.”
Commenting on the new facility, Sharon Crooks, Housing Executive district manager said: “The Housing Executive values its links with local communities, working with local people is at the heart of what we do, so we are pleased to support residents in the Bawnmore area and the community association by providing these premises.
“The opening of community house reflects the dedication and hard work of the association, supported by local people, and demonstrates the benefits of partnership working across the sectors. I wish the association every success in running this facility, as it continues to serve and strengthen this community.”