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Fold Housing Association recognised for commitment to training

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Eileen Patterson, Director of Housing Services at Fold Housing Association, collects the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) award for Excellence in Developing Skills and Capacity on behalf of the organisation.
Rebecca Kincade on March 9, 2016 - 8:46 am in News

Fold Housing Association was recognised for its commitment to employee development as it scooped two awards at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Awards 2016 ceremony on Friday evening at Belfast City Hall.

The awards, which celebrate excellence in housing and related services across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, saw a record number of applications this year as activity in the sector gains momentum.

Fold was celebrated for its Excellence in Developing Skills and Capacity, an award which is presented to employers in the housing sector who have developed a culture of learning and improvement.

In partnership with front line staff, Fold has developed and delivered a bespoke training programme targeted at enabling and equipping staff with the competencies they will need to meet the many diverse challenges they will face working in social housing.

In addition, the award of Young Professional of the Year was presented to Fearghal Burke, a Housing Officer with Fold. Fearghal joined the organisation in March 2013 and since then has shown a real commitment to providing a high quality service to tenants.

Fearghal (26) from Crumlin holds a BSc in Housing Management from Ulster University. He has already demonstrated his ability to take on a more senior role within Fold as required, undertaking additional responsibilities with professionalism and maturity.

John McLean, Chief Executive of Fold Housing Association said: “These awards are a testament to the work that is being done within our organisation, particularly on the skills and training side, and the fantastic projects we have completed this year. It is important to take this opportunity to recognise the hard work and commitment of all of our staff who have continually delivered high quality homes for our tenants in areas where they are most needed.”

Nicola McCrudden, CIH director for Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland said: “These awards exhibit the excellent work being done by organisations and individuals to support people in housing need in our communities. This year the standard was extremely high and we have been impressed by the innovation shown by the housing industry in what is very challenging times. I am confident that the achievements of the winners and finalists will inspire others to deliver the best possible services for tenants and communities.”


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