Bid brings benefits to Blackwood group

Tenants of United Welsh Living+ scheme Fitzroy Lodge in Cefn Fforest, Blackwood are celebrating following news that they have been successful in applying for a grant from the Cefn Fforest Ward Communities First Trust Fund.


The proactive community at the complex set up their own residents association last year in order to help their own community get active and give themselves a voice enabling them to feed thoughts and views into United Welsh efficiently and effectively.


Following their ‘big launch’ in October, which was attended by local MP Chris Evans, the group worked hard on consulting with residents on what items they would like to bid for.   A representative from GAVO supported the group in their application.  They have been eagerly awaiting the news and are delighted to have been awarded £4921.13!


The money will be funding new computers and digital cameras for the complex as the group has set up a Facebook page and are taking part in digital photography classes. It will also be going towards events and trips for the resident’s throughout the year and a Wii Fit package.


The pro-active group is not simply resting on its laurels; they have been out and about at other United Welsh Living+ schemes highlighting the benefits of their work. 


Delwyn Davies Chair of the group exclaimed his joy at the news; “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded this funding from Communities First. The group has had a hugely positive impact on all those who get involved at Fitzroy Lodge and this money will help us to continue this work.  We are planning trips to Swansea, St Fagans, Bridgend and Tenby for starters giving all the members of our community the chance to get out easily safely and above all have fun!”


Jo Green, Head of Living+ at United Welsh added; “United Welsh are thrilled to see that the Fitzroy Lodge Residents Association has come so far in such a short time.  Their proactive approach has increased interactivity amongst their community, and with us. We are keen to support groups such as these to help them to release their potential and to achieve their goals.


Fitzroy Lodge was built in 1980, there are 36 one-bedroom properties in the Living + complex.  Living+ provides housing to people 55yrs of age and over. It is a service that specialises in meeting the lifestyle needs of this group of customers and is committed to developing services as people’s needs change.


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