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Templeton Robinson building communities at home and around the world with Habitat for Humanity

Posted on 16 May 2016
Templeton Robinson building communities at home and around the world with Habitat for Humanity

New charity partnership for Northern Ireland’s longest established Estate Agency

Templeton Robinson have teamed up with global charity Habitat for Humanity, working on key projects in Northern Ireland, Africa and Eastern Europe. The new partnership will harness Templeton Robinson’s many contacts within the local construction industry, as well as the company’s wide client base across all five offices.

Since 1994, Habitat for Humanity Northern Ireland’s local work has focused on reconciliation and building strong communities in which everyone can reach their full potential. More than 28,000 volunteers from across Northern Ireland have engaged in practical projects, locally and globally, which break down barriers and help build a shared future.

Key projects that Templeton Robinson will assist on include encouraging contractors on new builds to donate leftover materials to support Habitat for Humanity’s social enterprise, Habitat ReStore, as well as raising awareness of the Kitchen Rescue service which allows purchasers who want to install a new kitchen to have the old one taken out by Habitat ReStore, enabling low-income families to improve their home for less.

Other key activities including projects supporting vulnerable and orphaned children in Malawi will be assisted by Templeton Robinson, in what Senior Partner Beth Robinson says will be a hugely worthwhile partnership.

“Habitat provides holistic support to ensure young people have the life and the future every child deserves, and we’re delighted to be supporting such valuable global projects as well as vital schemes locally which will make an enormous difference to families here.

“Templeton Robinson are in the business of finding homes, not simply houses, and we know the value of a property is more than just four walls and a roof. To enable real change here, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the Re:Furb programme as well as many other crucial projects, we look forward to helping transform empty houses into homes across the community in Northern Ireland.

Jenny Williams, Chief Executive of Habitat NI, said, “We so much appreciate the support of Templeton Robinson and look forward to partnering with them to serve families in need at home and around the world. Home is the start of it, for all of us. By working together, we will enable more families to have the solid foundation a home offers to break the cycle of poverty.”


CASE STUDY

New homes for old kitchens

One of the many initiatives Templeton Robinson will be working with Habitat for Humanity on is the Kitchen Rescue service with the charity’s social enterprise Habitat ReStore provides a new home for old kitchens.

The cost of a new kitchen is beyond the reach of many local families. Habitat ReStore reaches out to customers who are replacing their kitchen, to donate their used, good quality kitchen. The ‘Kitchen Rescue’ team carefully remove kitchens and make them available at low cost to families who would not otherwise be able to afford to improve their kitchen. This also diverts tons of reusable material from landfill, helping build a more sustainable Northern Ireland.
As the busiest time of the year for the property market gets underway, Templeton Robinson will be raising awareness of the service, and advising all purchasers of the work that Habitat ReStore undertake across Northern Ireland.

The Donor
When Jim Fulton from Richill decided to buy a new kitchen, the kitchen company suggested he contact Habitat ReStore to donate his old one.
Mr Fulton says, “The kitchen was obsolete to me but it was still usable. It was going to be no good to anyone in storage. I thought if it could be of benefit to someone then I should donate it to ReStore.

“The Kitchen Rescue team were great. They arrived on time and did exactly what they said they would. I’d recommend it anyone.”

The Customer

When the McGeenan family from Downpatrick decided to improve their kitchen at the beginning of 2016 they knew they could not afford a new kitchen.
Mr McGeenan said, “Originally we were looking only to replace the doors as we thought a whole new kitchen would be out of our price range.”
The family couldn’t believe it when they discovered Habitat ReStore.

“We found a kitchen which was affordable and good quality. We were happy with the service and were able to fit the kitchen for our needs,” said Mr McGeenan.
Habitat ReStore located at the Riverside Centre, Young Street, Lisburn, is open 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. A second ReStore is opening in the next few weeks on Larne Road, Ballymena.

Get in touch to learn more: 028 92 635 647 / facebook.com/habitatrestoreni / habitatni.co.uk/restore