Tower Blocks in Larne

Tower Blocks in Larne

Tower block residents’ specific living circumstances make them a distinct group that need their own dedicated representation to the Housing Executive. Just as the Rural Forum and Disability Forum represent groups with unique interests within the Housing Community Network, tower block residents also need dedicated support to engage effectively and be a part of the successful HCN framework.

As the independent tenant participation and community development organisation that supports the HCN, Supporting Communities recruited a Project Coordinator and Training Officer in March 2018 to support the development of new community representation where none exists for the tower blocks as well as providing advice and capacity building to those tenants who express a desire to become more involved.

 Sarah Harkness-Robinson, Supporting Communities Tower Block Project Coordinator, meets with NIHE NORTH BELFAST MANAGER MALACHY MCKINNEY (LEFT) AND ANDREW TWIGG, NIHE CONCIERGE SERVICES MANAGER (Right).

Sarah Harkness-Robinson, Supporting Communities Tower Block Project Coordinator, meets with NIHE NORTH BELFAST MANAGER MALACHY MCKINNEY (LEFT) AND ANDREW TWIGG, NIHE CONCIERGE SERVICES MANAGER (Right).

The project aims to:

  • Establish a Tower Block Tenant’s Forum, which will draw representation from across the 33 tower blocks in Northern Ireland and sit as part of the Housing Community Network
  • Provide residents, both Housing Executive tenants and leaseholders, an opportunity to have their say on issues which are unique to them
  • Help the Housing Executive to engage directly with residents, who can in turn influence decisions which directly affect them
  • Provide additional support to existing community groups based in tower blocks themselves or the areas in which tower blocks are located