Selective Travel Management Partner with Habitat NI to revive an old Methodist Manse

The Excitment is Building with the Selective Travel Management 

Staff from Selective Travel Management, headquartered at Murray’s Exchange in Belfast, donned hard hats and hi vis jackets recently as they took up the challenge of helping to give a new lease of life to an empty landmark building in the heart of Ballymena.

Seven volunteers from the award-winning business gave practical support to the innovative plans of Habitat NI and Ballymena Methodist Church to transform an unused manse at Ballymoney Road in the town into a much needed multi-purpose community space and three one-bedroom apartments.  Once completed, the new flats will provide affordable accommodation for vulnerable young people. 

The church is underpinning the cost of the ‘Living Rooms’ project but, thanks to its partnership with Habitat NI, is already generating support and donations of materials and labour from individuals and groups, making this a true community venture.

The volunteers from Selective Travel Management were delighted to be part of the ground-breaking project. Angela McCabe, General Manager, said, “This is an inspirational project and we certainly felt inspired to do our bit to help make it happen. The physical challenge of site-clearing and general building was a far cry from our usual role of organising global travel for corporate clients, but we were all up for it and we have returned to the office ready to encourage others to have a go too!”
Keith Graham, Managing Director of Selective Travel Management, who has championed the firm’s proactive stance on Corporate Social Responsibility, says, “I’m always proud of my colleagues, but never more so than when I see how much energy and enthusiasm they can bring to a task.  It is terrific to be invited to be part of something so special and we’re looking forward to fielding more teams to work with ‘Living Rooms’ and other Habitat NI projects in future.”

Pictured on site are, from left Zoe McMahon, Gina Doe, Samantha Daly, Francis McCabe, Angela McCabe, Kirsten Licence (front) and Laura Madill.

To find out how to get involved with this and other Habitat NI projects contact info@habitatni.com.