Archive | September 2012

Councillors visit new older person’s bungalows in Rhymney

The Leader and Deputy Leader of Caerphilly County Borough Council, and local ward members were taken on a tour of the new Living+ bungalows delivered by United Welsh.

 

The new bunglaows provide housing for people 55years of age and over. Living+ 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.  A total of eleven modern bungalows were built in the close in Rhymney on a site United Welsh acquired through the Council’s land release for affordable housing provision.

 

Completed in the summer 2012 all eleven 2-bed bungalows were filled very quickly.  One resident likened living there to “winning the lottery”.  The development of the quiet cul-de-sac was greatly supported by Caerphilly Council and Welsh Government.

 

On their tour the Leader of the Council Harry Andrews and Deputy Gerald Jones, who is also the Cabinet Member for Housing, met Mrs and Mrs Meredith who live in the Close;  They spoke very highly of their new home and how happy they are in it – they had even baked Welsh cakes for the occasion.

Speaking of the visit Gerald Jones Deputy Leader of the council, and Cabinet Member for Housing said;

 

“The former St David’s Sheltered housing scheme was decommissioned back in 2008, so it’s great to see the site has now been transformed into this modern, fit for purpose development. We identified a strategic housing need for older people’s bungalows, so the council approved the disposal of the site to United Welsh. This scheme helps showcase the excellent partnership work that has been achieved to deliver affordable housing on public sector land which will benefit the local community.”

 

Anthony Whittaker Chief Executive of United Welsh added; “These bungalows are a testament to what can be achieved when we work together; United Welsh, Caerphilly County Borough Council and Greenhill Construction with the support of Welsh Government have delivered an outstanding life-changing development.  The community here cherish their new homes and neighbourhood. “

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Together

Developing ‘Together’

The ‘Together’ project is looking at the ways we currently work with our tenants across the organisation.  The aim of the project is to bring together all the activities currently available under one umbrella – ‘Together’. Tenants and residents will then be able to become a member of ‘Together’.  This membership will make it easier for them to move between activities and provide them with an increased level of support with access to networking opportunities, fundraising and training opportunities.

We have recently held two events to see what our tenants and partners think about the work we’ve done so far on the ‘Together ’ project; ‘Let’s Get Together’ for tenants and residents and ‘In The Mix’ for partners and colleagues.

Tenants and residents were able to give us their views and enjoy a good night out when we held our first ‘Lets Get Together’ event in August.

The event was held at Llanhilleth Institute which is a fantastic community venue.

More than 70 tenants and residents from a wide variety of Living+ schemes, Supported Housing and General Needs properties came along.

All the tenants who were invited have either already been volunteering to help improve their communities and work more closely with United Welsh, or have expressed a wish become more involved.

The night was a great success with lots of opportunity for tenants and residents to share their experiences and ideas, and later on a chance to have a bit of a dance.

We then held an ‘In The Mix’ in early September with partner organisations who work closely with our tenants and residents.  This was an opportunity for like-minded organisations to share best practice and ideas, and also a chance for us to get valuable feedback on the ‘Together’ idea.

The event was a great success with lots of feedback on what we currently do well and also how the ‘Together’ project could help to improve the way we work with our tenants and residents.

For more information about the ‘Together’ project please contact Claire Jenkins on cjenkins@uwha.co

Completion of the demolition

Huw Lewis, Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage instigated the completion of the demolition of the historic former Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital marking the final phase before the building of the new Beeches Village begins.

The Beeches Village is being delivered through an innovative partnership between South Wales based housing association United Welsh and new homes and housing regeneration specialist Lovell, with the support of Caerphilly Council and Welsh Government.  The site will deliver 82 much needed new two-, three- and four-bedroom homes, a mixture of sale and rent, in addition to new green spaces and public areas. The mixed tenure nature of this site will deliver ‘Caerphilly Miners’ Hospital . 

The Minister for Housing Regeneration and Heritage led a demolition event heralding in the new phase of the development and notably marking the historical importance of the site. The £9.6 million scheme is due to be completed in Summer 2014.

The Minister said, “I’m happy to be here today and delighted that work to build these much needed properties is now able to begin. Providing good quality, affordable homes for people across Wales is one of my key priorities. That work is made easier when innovative partnerships such as the one behind this project identify ways to help us meet the growing demand.”