Colin Neighbourhood Partnership will be hosting a community information event about housing rights, welfare reform, and family support. Taking place on Tuesday 13th February from 11:00am – 2:00pm in the Dairy Farm Shopping Centre in West Belfast, the aim is to give people a better sense of the assistance available from community and statutory agencies in light of benefits changes coming to Belfast later this year.
Many major Housing Associations will be attending the event, offering advice and support on the changes that Welfare Reform and Universal Credit may have on tenants and their families.
Community Safety Officer with Colin Neighbourhood Partnership, Michael George, said: “We have discovered that there is a real need to get information out there to local residents about the forthcoming changes that welfare reform may bring. Universal credit has already been introduced in Limavady, Ballymoney and Strabane with rollout in West Belfast taking place in June this year. Colin Neighbourhood Partnership has organised this information day so that the local community can receive relevant and up to date information on a very important issue that may affect individuals and local families.”
“As this event is taking place over the mid-term break, we will be providing 100 free passes for kids to Roar and Explore, the Dairy Farm’s new indoor play area. This will allow parents to take their time talking to organisation’s stands. Simply visit Colin Neighbourhood Partnership’s stand on the day to avail of this offer.”
“As it’s also Pancake Tuesday/Shrove Tuesday we will be offering freshly cooked pancakes to those attending. So come down to the Dairy Farm on Tuesday 13th February, get lots of valuable information, and enjoy some tasty free pancakes.”
Organisations attending include NI Housing Executive, Clanmil, Radius, Choice, and Habinteg Housing (all will be bringing housing & finance support). Advice NI, Belfast City Council’s Waste Department, Conservation Volunteers NI, PCSP, Community Restorative Justice, Colin Safer Neighbourhood Project, Belfast City Council Parks Dept., Urban Villages, Footprints Women’s Centre and Colin Neighbourhood Partnership. Belfast City Council and Urban Villages will be attending with information on the upcoming proposed developments on the Stewartstown Road, particularly the plans for the extensive town centre park. There will also be advice available on home safety and waste management.