Residents of Respond Housing Association enjoyed a day of fun and activities on June 27th 2008 in Árd na Ghleanna, Tramore. The day was held to celebrate the Árd na Ghleanna Community Building which offers a range of services and facilities to the local community. A large crowd attended the event including local councillors, community and voluntary groups, Local Authority members, HSE personnel and Respond Residents.
According to Aoife Walsh, Respond National Communications Officer:
“Respond is pleased to celebrate the Árd na Ghleanna Community Building and all that it offers to the neighbourhood. Respond provides a range of services in the centre including childcare services, pre-school and after-school services, PEEP, Youthreath, Low Income Counselling, IT in the Community and much more. We are thrilled with the support we have received from local residents to date and we hope this continues in the future.”
Those who attended the community day in Árd na Ghleanna partook in a range of activities and events. These included fun games, face painting, story telling sessions, arts and crafts, DJ, music and dancing. With more than one hundred in attendance, the event brought neighbours and families together in a fun atmosphere. Information sessions on the various services being offered by Respond and other community groups also took place in the Community Centre throughout the afternoon.
“Respond has gained more than 25 years experience in housing, estate management and community development and our primary focus has always been on building communities, not just homes” added Ms Walsh. “The presence of a community building on our estates is one step to achieving this goal. The majority of Respond developments throughout Ireland contain centres that offer services to residents. These include affordable childcare, pre-school and after-school services, homework clubs, summer camps, volunteer initiatives, computer training and community education.”
Respond is Ireland’s largest provider of social housing with more than 4000 units of accommodation nationwide and a further 1500 under construction. With more than 520 units in Waterford city and county, the organisation has provided housing to more than 1,000 people in Waterford since it was founded in the city in 1982. With a head office in Airmount, Dominick Place, Waterford, Respond employs more than 350 people nationwide in a variety of different areas. These include community development, estate management, family resource and childcare, education, research and development, architecture and design, production, administration, human relations and legal affairs. If you would like further information on Respond, please visit our website or call 051 840200.