The Brilliant Resilience Project: Celebrating Rural Housing Week

July 9, 2021

This week (5 – 9 July 2021) is the National Housing Federation’s Rural Housing Week, an opportunity to highlight the fantastic work that housing associations do in rural communities. In December 2020, as part of our Supporting Rural Communities grants programme, we supported the Northern Ireland Rural Housing Association with The Brilliant Resilience: Portraits of rural Fermanagh during the time of Covid.

Three ladies looking at the camera

The project addresses social isolation with older adults living in rural Co. Fermanagh, and builds resilience during and beyond the Covid-19 pandemic.

Stephen Fisher, CEO of Rural Housing Association said: “Rural Housing Association would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to The Prince’s Countryside Fund for the funding provided to enable us to run The Brilliant Resilience project in Fermanagh. This project has helped reconnect rural communities after an extremely challenging period of lockdown restrictions, when many living in rural areas were impacted by feelings of social isolation and loneliness. By bringing people together again we can help build resilience and create more connected and vibrant rural communities.”

A cross stitch sampler and an embroidered cushion

Building on existing traditional skills and interests, stories and heritage specific to this rural community, the project will support local residents to engage in arts-based activities including knitting, crochet and photography as a means to address social isolation and loneliness often prevalent in rural communities. The project creates space for conversation, support their creative activity specific to Newtownbutler’s rural culture, and builds capacity for social enterprise to ensure sustainability.

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