Cramsie Court’s a ‘treasure’

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Poodle skirts and slicked back hair do’s were the fashion last week for people living at Cramsie Court in Ballymoney.

They were among 200 people from Clanmil Housing’s Independent Living Schemes who travelled from all over Northern Ireland to the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum in Cultra for a 1950’s themed celebration to mark the third year of the Treasure House Project.

Treasure House is a unique five year Big Lottery funded project that gives older people living at Clanmil’s housing schemes a chance to take part in workshops and experiences at Northern Ireland museum sites on a monthly basis. The project is designed to help prompt memories and start conversations with an aim to combat loneliness and social isolation.

Almost 200 tenants attended the summer celebration including tenants from Cramsie Court, where they got the chance to dress in their best 50’s attire and enjoy entertainment and workshops including a fashion show, and jewellery and “mocktail” making.

Peter Southall, a tenant from Clanmil Housing’s Cramise Court is a regular at Treasure House sessions. He told us all about the project and what it means to him. He said: “All of my friends and I really enjoyed the 1950’s themed celebration at the museum. The Treasure House sessions are great days out, but the celebration events are always something special.”