Emer McElhinneyGood Relations Officer

I have worked in various positions within the community sector across a wide variety of communities including youth, older people, travelling community, ethnic minority tenants within new developments and secured funding for a range of community development projects.

I have also been involved in Good Relations programmes including delivering cultural showcases, storytelling and yarn spinning sessions, in addition to assisting in the development of community gardens and murals. I have worked voluntarily with the City of Derry Drama Festival and promoted good intergenerational relations within Interface areas through this annual festival.

I hold a BA in History and Geography and MSc in Regional and Local Development and Funding and enjoy supporting communities to draw on their local history and heritage to develop their local communities and their capacity to lead forward on new programmes. I am looking forward to the challenge of the Housing Association Integration Programme and strive to improve good relations across tenants of all backgrounds and ages. I look forward to building communities and links across all social housing providers and equipping our tenants with the skills and confidence to continue to build their local communities and ensure that we meet our goal of a socially inclusive society.