Gayle on camera for #cityofcare tells us how the Oliver Bond residents hope to change their inadequate housing conditions in the flats: "We're stronger now than we've ever been. So, it's not about the complaints anymore now, it's about our living conditions, and health, and our well being, and our mental health".
"We want regeneration to make the place a better place for us to be in, a better community, a safer place for our children and our grandchildren growing up, and a better place of living. We've got a lot of issues in our homes with like drafty windows and molds, low water pressures, broken pathways, parking facilities, play facilities". Natasha on camera for City of Care
"Where we are living might be falling around us, but we are not" says Natasha, determined to keep campaigning for Oliver Bond residents right to adequate housing and working with Dublin City Council to make this happen.
Jannette on camera for City of Care expresses her thoughts very clearly on the regeneration of Oliver Bond House, wishing for Dublin City Council representatives "to sit down with people who live here before they put their plans together and ask".
"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle" (Martin Luther King, Jr). This quote reminds us that change lies in challenging norms, as well as summoning our determination and courage to stand up in the face of adversity and persist in making a difference, big or small. The very same vision of equality, solidarity and justice of Liz on camera for City of Care, ready to fight the battle for a “fair regeneration” of the Oliver Bond flats.
In September 2021, Oliver Bond residents – with the support of Robert Emmet Community Development Project (RECDP) – adopted their constitution and appointed people into positions to represent residents on the Oliver Bond Regeneration Forum to ensure that they have a key role in decision making. RECDP Executive Director Austin Campbell, on camera for City of Care, tells us what’s next!
This project has received funding from the European Commission Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Individual Fellowship (G.A.890603).
Please cite as: Manzo, L.K.C. (2019) CITY-OF-CARE, the University of Milan, Italy.
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