bric Programme assists with Manor Park makeover

Manor Park in Lisburn is enjoying a welcoming new entrance feature thanks to a pioneering Good Relations project in the area.

bric Programme assists with Manor Park makeover

The new-look entrance feature at Manor Park, Lisburn

Facilitated by the EU PEACE III funded Building Relationships in Communities (bric) Programme, the area has now been enhanced with a purpose built wall and granite name plaque which was officially unveiled recently at a special ceremony.

 Manor Park Community Association utilised the services of the bric Programme to help them put an identity feature in place following changes to Housing Executive budgets in the area.

 The Programme is a unique partnership between the Rural Development Council, Housing Executive and Tides Training and is currently operating in almost 90 social housing areas across Northern Ireland as it aims to build and cultivate good relations across the province

 As part of its good relations focused work the bric Programme provides a range of services within the social housing sector including mentoring, mediation, re-imaging projects and study visits.

 Speaking at the event, Sandra Prince, Chairperson of Manor Park Community Association, said:

 “Our thanks are extended to the bric Programme for their support and guidance during our time on the project.

 “The Good Relations and learning focus has been educational and rewarding and we look forward to continuing to use the skills and information we have learned from the programme.

 “We are also hugely grateful for the bric Programme’s assistance in helping us visually enhance the area with the beautiful and eye-catching new entrance feature they have provided for us.”

 Kerry McIvor, BRIC Programme Manager, said:

 “The bric Programme is delighted to have been able to work with the Community Association here in Manor Park.

 “Through our work we are able to make groups, individuals and organisations realise how vital Good Relations are in everything they do and how co-operation and working together can achieve even greater outcomes.

 “Manor Park has been a resounding success on the bric Programme and we are very pleased to be able to further assist them with this wonderful new entrance feature.”

 Raj Thompson, Housing Executive Good Relations Officer, said:

 “The Housing Executive is delighted to be associated with the bric Programme and the invaluable work it does to help empower local residents as they work to achieve their goals of creating neighbourliness and inclusiveness in all aspects of community life.