We are Supporting Communities
We are an independent charitable organisation that champions tenant and community participation by developing groups, supporting active citizenship and building cohesive communities.
We promote best practice in community participation in Northern Ireland through a grassroots approach to community development, providing tailored support, advice, information and training to new and existing community groups, statutory and voluntary organisations.
We work to empower society through engaged, confident, sustainable and inclusive communities.
“It is important to remember that building houses is important but it is the building of lives around housing that is crucial. The work that Supporting Communities has done over the years is up there with the best.”
Lorraine Campbell, our Chairperson, contributes this account of how her own personal and professional story has intertwined with the development of Supporting Communities over the past 40 years. Here’s to forty more years all around!
Sheenagh McNally kicks off our 40th Anniversary blog series with some personal reflections on her own 25 year career with Supporting Communities.
CO3 Award winners in 2018 took part in a study visit to Stockholm which broadened horizons and reinforced home truths.
Kerry Logan is our newest Community Development Officer covering Lisburn and Castlereagh, North Down and Ards. We asked her to tell us about a typical day in her new job.
Bernie Burns is recognised for her lifetime of dedication and tireless efforts to improve the Drumellan Estate in Brownlow. From everyone at Supporting Communities, we wish Bernie a very happy retirement!
As Rethinking social housing Northern Ireland continues to get underway, steering group member Colm McDaid encourages tenants and residents to make their voices heard.
Murray Watt reflects on the consequences for all charities when a high profile scandal sparks public distrust and reminds us all of the importance of good governance to keep everyone safe.
Our guest blogger this month is Kellyanne Davoli, who writes about her experience of being part of the "Boardroom Apprentice" pilot programme where she served on the board of Supporting Communities.
Happy 2018! To start the year off right, we're posting some reflections on the practice of Tenant Participation from our Senior Training Officer, Aidan Kearney on his recent trip to Wales for the TPAS Cymru conference.