Derry City and Strabane District Council, in conjunction with the Northern Ireland emergency services, have launched a campaign to encourage householders to visibly number their homes.
Council allocate all postal numbers and street names within the Derry City and Strabane District and home owners have a responsibility to ensure that properties are marked with their allocated house or building number.
Council allocated 1080 new postal addresses last year which represented an increase from 2016 when 811 were assigned.
The campaign was launched by Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor Maolíosa McHugh, at his own home in Castlederg where he urged householders to review the numbering of their home.
“I am pleased to be able to launch this important campaign which could make a lifesaving difference if the emergency services are trying to locate your home,” he said.
“I would encourage all householders to review the numbering of their home to make sure it is clearly visible and readable from the roadside and, where necessary, to number the gate of your home as well as the front door.
“When the police, fire or ambulance service are called to a property for an emergency, every second can be critical so it is imperative that they can find your home, and your neighbours’ homes, quickly and conveniently.”
Tommy Barr, Assistant Group Commander, Community Protection, NIFRS added:
“Northern Ireland Fire & Rescue Service welcomes this initiative. In the event of a fire or other emergency vital time is wasted if properties are not clearly numbered and we would encourage all householders to ensure that their homes can be easily located.”
Laura Coulter, Area Manager for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service, also welcomed the initiative.
“When ambulance crews are called to life threatening incidents, every second counts,” she said. “Sat Nav advances will bring us to particular roads in a quicker time but, particularly in rural areas, our crews can sometimes be delayed as they try to identify house numbers.
“We would ask that everyone supports this campaign and prominently display their house number to assist all the emergency services who may have to call to your house.
“There are other things you can do to assist us, such as waiting for us on the road, having house lights on but the singular most important thing is to number your home.”
For more information on home number and street naming contact Derry City and Strabane District Council Health and Community Development department on 028 71 253 253.
Mayor Encourages Local Women to Get Involved in She Shed Programme
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Graham Warke, visited the New2You Centre in Pennyburn this week to launch the She Shed Programme, which provides construction courses for local women.
In partnership with the Housing Executive and funded by their Social Enterprise Strategy, She Shed will include six-week courses in upcycling, joinery, and household electrical maintenance.
The innovative female empowerment programme also involves a link up with local schools, highlighting the construction sector to females as one with future employment opportunities. Some local construction and IT firms will also provide those taking part with information on careers in their respective sectors.
Mayor Warke said that the programme is an excellent opportunity for local women to take that first step in learning more about careers in which females would not typically be strongly represented.
“I’m really impressed with the She Shed initiative. It’s a great chance for females who may be unsure about breaking into trades such as construction to learn more about the skills involved and what jobs are on offer.
“Sometimes making that first step can be the hardest one, but this programme empowers women and massively builds their confidence and their skills base. They can learn alongside like-minded, driven people.
“I’d strongly encourage anyone who sees the courses available and thinks it might be for them to get in touch and get yourself signed up.”
Eddie Doherty, Area Manager of The Housing Executive, said: “The She Shed engages females from Housing Executive communities in creative community upcycling activities and other useful classes. This helps build confidence and connection among women who may otherwise never meet or who may not have considered personal development. For this reason, the Housing Executive is delighted to support this community programme under its Social Enterprise Plus Programme.”
The programme will be overseen by Nuala Griffiths, General Manager of New2You. Nuala has a background in the construction sector and explained that the programme is a way to support and encourage women from all backgrounds and show them there are training and education opportunities open to them.
“With courses in upcycling, joinery and household electrical maintenance we feel there is a great range there that will interest a lot of local women who have perhaps often thought about pursuing a career in these areas.
“At the She Shed programme we have a safe environment where all of our participants can learn more about the skills involved and about the jobs and opportunities that could be available to them down the line.”
To sign up, email email@example.com or telephone 02871360453. Courses cost just £30 for 6 weeks.
Mayor seeks submissions for public Thank You to frontline workers
Derry City and Strabane District Council has put a call out seeking submissions for the creation, delivery and production of piece of physical artwork or an activity aimed at acknowledging the efforts of health workers and other frontline service staff during the pandemic.
As society plans some tentative steps back towards life as we knew it pre-Covid, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke, is keen to show the city and district’s support and respect to key staff service staff after the difficult 2020/21 years.
This Mayoral initiative is aimed at acknowledging the commitment of workers across all frontline services and to also look ahead with hope and positivity for the future.
The theme of the initiative is one of Thanks, recognising the contribution that the frontline service staff has made, the role they played but while also remembering the hardships and suffering the community has gone through.
Artists and community groups and initiatives are being encouraged to submit their ideas on how this can be done.
Encouraging applications, the Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Alderman Graham Warke said he was looking forward to seeing a diverse range of ideas. “Basically we are seeking proposals that will link with the overall theme. It can be anything from an installation, an experience or animation that will fit the message and also showcase the artist. This is a hugely exciting project and one which I am really pleased to be involved with. I am looking forward to seeing what type of submissions we receive and to hopefully be in a position to announce details of the successful applicant later this year.”
For further details of the specification and the selection criteria for the submission and to obtain an application form and more details please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to a series of specified criteria, the budget for this initiative is set at £3,000 from the Mayor’s Budget. It is anticipated that the piece must be installed and completed during the current Mayor’s term of office.