We’re working with some of the best organisations across the VCSE sector in Northern Ireland through Techies in Residence. We asked each of them their views on why they got involved in the project, and what they want to get out of it.

 

Shelter NI’s vision is to eliminate long term homelessness and poor housing, ensuring all households in Northern Ireland have the right of access to warm, decent, affordable, safe and secure homes. We are currently fighting a losing battle as homelessness is rising. As well as campaigning for strategic, policy, process and legal reforms to tackle homelessness, Shelter NI provides services to young homeless people and to older and disabled people who need their home adapted to maintain their independence. We plan to grow by reinvesting surplus funds into new initiatives and expanding existing services to meet need in new locations.

  • The aim of the Trusted Trader Scheme is to alleviate some of these stresses, by providing clients with traders who have been proven to deliver reliable, cost effective services in an appropriate manner. This information enables them to make independent decisions regarding their homes with greater confidence.
  • GABLE  works with an average of 500 older and disabled clients applying for an NIHE grant. The main problem is that most applicants find it difficult to select a contractor and increasingly applicants look to us for guidance about selecting a suitable contractor. Many of our clients are vulnerable people in need of a straight forward and simple process that minimises stress.
  • It will increase our reach enabling us to help a greater range of people across Northern Ireland as currently because of resourcing we are limited to the Northwest area only. Ultimately empowering more people to access services which will help them maintain and upkeep their homes resulting in safer and securer home lives.

 

The Techies in Residence programme is an initiative of Social Innovation NI, managed by the Building Change Trust, which in turn has been funded by Big Lottery Fund and also Comic Relief. Innovate NI have been appointed by the Trust as Managing Agent for the ongoing development and delivery of Techies in Residence.