Bronte Fold receives award

Rathfriland - Bronte Fold's Margared Qua, with tenants Drew Kennedy, Lil Johnston and Bob Millar who scooped the Best Kept Garden Award at the Armagh Forum. Pic by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
Rathfriland - Bronte Fold's Margared Qua, with tenants Drew Kennedy, Lil Johnston and Bob Millar who scooped the Best Kept Garden Award at the Armagh Forum. Pic by Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye
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Tenants from Bronte Fold, Rathfriland have been recognised in Fold Housing Association’s annual Scheme Awards which were presented as part of the Associations’ Tenant Forum held in Armagh recently.

Over 500 residents gathered for the Wellbeing themed event, one of three being held across Northern Ireland.

Participants heard guest speakers from Fold’s Corporate Charity, the Alzheimer’s Society and enjoyed entertainment provided by comedy actress, Patricia Gormely.

The winners of Fold’s Scheme Awards were announced with Bronte Fold scooping the award for Best Kept Garden which recognised tenant involvement within the scheme that turned a patch of ground into a beautiful garden which has flowers all year round.

John McLean, Fold’s Chief Executive said: “Fold’s Scheme Awards provide us with the opportunity to recognise the individual, teams and activities that take place in all our schemes throughout the year, from fundraising to gardening, volunteering to the best outing and good neighbours, they are all about the people and causes that matter to our tenants and make a positive contribution to community life.

“Judging is very difficult due to the high standard of entries from Schemes across the country. We congratulate the winners, runners up and highly commended awardees.”

Addressing the packed audience at the Forum Mr McLean spoke about future developments at Fold.

He added: “We are pleased that the installation of PV solar panels in 90 sheltered and supported housing schemes, where renewable generation is proven to be viable, is well under way.

“This means that all tenants will benefit from the pooled savings on energy costs as we seek to reduce fuel poverty and Fold’s carbon footprint.”

He concluded: “We are delighted with the very positive tenant view on our rent being good value and with the continued support for our Tenant Engagement Programme.

“Tenant panels are providing valuable feedback which is having a real and positive impact how we can enhance our service offering.”

The annual forum and scheme awards event concluded with lunch and a chance to have a chat with Fold residents and staff.