New extension to community hub is open for business

A MAJOR new extention to one of Enniskillen’s busiest buildings  is complete.
Community hub Fermanagh House is located at the Broad Meadow and the new addition to the building is now open to the public.
The extension adds and additonal 800 square metres of space which will provide a base for more regional and local charities and community and voluntary organisations.
The renovation has doubled the amount of office space and meetings rooms as the biggest conference room can hold up to 150 people.
The second biggest conference room, which includes a terrace overlooking Broadmeadow and Enniskillen Castle is surely one of the most attractive meeting rooms in Enniskillen. Lauri McCusker from Fermanagh House is keen to put the new extension to use, and is happy with the improvements. 
“We are delighted with the new space. The feedback in recent days as we have shown people the additional facilities has been incredible. Our new tenants are starting to move in and are very excited at the new space.
The Fermanagh House extension project will ensure increased services can be provided linking both people and communities across Fermanagh and helping regional and voluntary sector service providers to provide services here.  
A range of new services and facilities will be included in the new space including a dedicated community education resource and hot desks for regional groups and fledgling community initiatives and enterprises wanting a presence in the county.”
Fermanagh House has a proven track record as a successful social enterprise, an effective one stop shop for the community and voluntary sector, making services more accessible for local people. Currently the building hosts over 60 different user groups each month meeting the needs and demands of a wide range of interests.
“The additional space will ensure we can meet the demand for appropriate office space and meeting rooms and exhibition space here in Enniskillen. The extra space will also attract more organisations to deliver their services in Fermanagh. 
“The building is a resource for the entire community and is utilised by many groups, charities and community voluntary organisations allowing services to be utilised locally. Some organisations based in Fermanagh House include Fermanagh Citizens Advice Bureau, Cedar Foundation, Start 360, Volunteer Now, Shopmobility NI, Livability and Bryson Energy,” added Mr McCusker.
Opened in 2007, Fermanagh House is a social enterprise owned by local grant-making charity, The Fermanagh Trust, and income from the facilities helps us reach even more local groups and charities with grant making. 
The Fermanagh House extension is one of the first capital projects to get off the ground thanks to support through the Stormont Executive’s Social Investment Fund.
“The plan is to ensure the facility is busting at the seams and continues to be utilised and valued by people across Fermanagh and beyond,” added Mr McCusker.

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