On Thursday 24th June 2012 the Minister for Social Development, Nelson McCausland MLA, made a visit to four new recently completed houses built by Lisburn Community Self Build in Glenavy Gardens, Old Warren Estate, Lisburn.  This was the second time Minister McCausland has witnessed the development of this social housing scheme which was the culmination of a joint project between Lisburn Community Self Build, Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE), Connswater Homes and Ulster Community Investment Trust (UCIT).  This scheme involved land purchased from NIHE, the purchasing of the homes for social housing by Connswater Homes and financial support from UCIT. 

The significance of this scheme is that Lisburn Community Self Build as a social enterprise ensures that all surplus profits are re-invested back into the community through the Resurgam Community Development Trust.  Lisburn Community Self Build is a social enterprise which employs only two staff but is supported by a huge pool of volunteers from within communities to both assist in the building schemes and also provide training for young people.   This model of good practice has been recognised by Lisburn Community Self Build receiving the Queen’s Award for voluntary service in 2011, an honour for the business and the community volunteers who support and benefit from it.

Following the visit to Glenavy Gardens, Minister McCausland and other elected representatives, including Health Minister Poots, made their way to Laganview Enterprise Centre where he met with the Board of the Resurgam Trust and heard first-hand how the Trust has developed ideas to increase social housing provision and also develop relationships with government to investigate opportunities for future schemes, including asset transfer. 

Minister McCausland commented: “I am delighted to revisit Glenavy Gardens to view the completed houses and commend Lisburn Community Self Build for their community approach to this social housing scheme.  The project is evidence of a community based organisation working with statutory bodies across a number of themes including housing, volunteering and social enterprise.  I look forward to learning about future regeneration plans for this area of Lisburn.”

Lisburn Community Self Build would like to thank Minister McCausland for his support throughout the scheme and for his continued support for social enterprise and community regeneration.