Archive | January 2012

The Green House Competition

United Welsh and its partners are offering the chance for two families to take part in a unique competition and live rent free for a year*!  The Larch and Lime House situated on the former steelworks site ’The Works’ Ebbw Vale are two unique eco-homes. 

They were built as prototype social housing and have been recognised for groundbreaking innovation winning multiple national sustainability awards.  United Welsh, and partners Blaenau Gwent Council, bere:architects and Pendragon Design and Build worked collaboratively as part of the National Eisteddfod festival celebrations 2010 to build a house to showcase the ‘Passivhaus’ concept, with the support of BRE and the Welsh Government

The homes have been kitted out with monitoring equipment and are now ready for lucky winners to move in and live rent free for a year whilst taking part in the green monitoring project.

Larch House is a 3-bed property which was the UK’s first zero carbon passivhaus; it would suit a family with two children.

Its neighbour Lime House is a 2-bed property which would suit a family with one child.

The competition will be open to those living in Blaenau Gwent or with connections to the area.  The information about the competition can be found on

*Live rent free for one year terms & conditions apply


Election time!


After bringing news of her standing last year, we are pleased to announce that Chris Rutson, Head of Support Services has been elected South East Regional representative on the CHC National Council, and also re-elected to the Board of Cymorth.


She said; “After having served on the CHC National Council for three years as Chair of the CHC Support Services Forum, I am delighted to be able to continue in my new role to support CHC and the invaluable work it does in advocating for housing and vulnerable people. I am also looking forward to serving on the Cymorth Board while we negotiate our way through the changed environment following the SP review.”


Christmas round-up

United Welsh tenants and staff were very busy over the festive period. The Living+ and Housing with Care schemes were extremely active.  There was lanterns and carols at Cole Court in Caerphilly, Christmas Fayres and much carolling with local primary schools.


Children from Coed y Garn Primary in Nantyglo and Cwrt Rawlin Primary in Caerphilly wowed tenants of Llys Nant y Mynydd and Plas Hyfryd with their superb Christmas carolling.  The Christmas fayre at Llys Nant y Mynydd was in conjunction with social enterprise Vision 21.  There was an array festive delights to choose from; Christmas cakes to mince pies, pickled onions to pickled cabbage and wonderful handmade chocolates and homemade Christmas puddings.


The Support Services team led a Christmas Present Plea with SMK which saw bags of presents being donated by contractor and staff and taken to local Women’s services.  This kind generosity really does make a difference at Christmas.