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Posted on Wednesday 2 December 2015 by Shelter NI

Tony McQuillan, Director, Shelter NI; Elaine Way CBE, Chief Executive Officer Western Trust Health and Social Care; The Deputy Mayor of Derry & Strabane, Councillor Thomas Kerrigan; Stella LePoidevin, Area Manager, Shelter NI; Ray Cashell, Chairperson, Shelter NI; and Willie Carlin, Grants Manager, Northern Ireland Housing Executive.

On 23rd November, Shelter Northern Ireland relaunched its GABLE project. The event was held in new premises at unit 24, Orchard Road Industrial Estate, Strabane.

Elaine Way CBE, Chief Executive Officer Western Trust Health and Social Care officially launched the new GABLE project services.

The GABLE project is a long standing service funded by Supporting People, Northern Ireland Housing Executive. It provides services to around 500 older and disabled people living in the private sector every year who need to adapt their home with a Disabled Facilities Grant (DFG). In the context of supporting older people to maintain their independence, while working with households, GABLE staff became aware of other needs which were not being addressed.

These new services have been designed to include a comprehensive examination of needs. GABLE staff will follow up the needs assessment with a discussion with the household, spelling out the service options but leaving the choice of service to the household.  In particular the services include:

A “Helping Hands Service” (HHS), this will provide a first response to deal with urgent problems that could lead e.g. to trip or fall hazards; it is being piloted for one year to residents in the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. There is a charge for this service.

A “Trusted Trader Scheme” (TTS), this service provides a list of bonafide Architect and Tradesmen that from now on can be accessed by the general public.

A “Disabled Living Equipment” (DLE), a supply of various daily living aids including wheelchairs and temporary ramps.

The HHS is part funded by the Big Lottery Awards for All Fund. GABLE also received a small grant from Northern Ireland Housing Association Charitable Trust (NIHACT) to help with the set up costs of the DLE and is working in partnership with British Red Cross to provide wheelchairs on loan free of charge, in Strabane & surrounding areas. Donations received towards the wheelchairs will go directly to the British Red Cross.

Stella LePoidevin, Area Manager, Shelter NI gave an explanation of GABLE services and she was very delighted with the great interest showed by the audience and questions raised.

More details about the new services can be found by phoning the GABLE office on 028 7188 2147 or visit our office in Strabane. GABLE will continue to provide support for applicants to the Disabled Facilities Grant.

Shelter Northern Ireland is a charity that campaigns to combat homelessness, provides services, including supported accommodation and floating support.

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