United Welsh Head of Support Servcies Chris Rutson has been seconded for part of the week to Cymorth as their Interim Director. Cymorth Cymru is the umbrella body for organisations working with vulnerable people in Wales. Its members assist people to find and keep a home and build the life they aspire to, working with people who are vulnerable, isolated or experiencing housing crisis.
Chris is excited about her new role and its challenges. She took some time to pen for us what she will be doing and what it means to her.
“The new role is Interim Director of Cymorth, leading and managing the organisation while the Board makes a permanent appointment. The key priorities will be ensuring momentum is maintained on the representation and lobbying work of Cymorth, delivering on the Business Plan and supporting the team. Having been a Board member of Cymorth for 7 years and chaired the HR sub group, it has been a relatively straightforward transition for me and I have thoroughly enjoyed my first few weeks.
It is my belief that our society fails to give people equal access to a good life and that the services our sector provides play some part in redressing that. I believe that Cymorth fulfils a crucial role by assisting its members to support vulnerable and disadvantaged people. I am looking forward to working with the Cymorth Board and team to deliver the priorities while the Board decides on future direction, and also bringing some new ideas to strengthen the organisation.
Living+ Tenants of United Welsh, the South Wales based housing association got together to launch their 2013 calendar at Llanhilleth Institute in Blaenau Gwent and celebrate with a Christmas tea dance.
Living+ is United Welsh’s housing provision for people 55years 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. The Living+ team runs 14 schemes which offer peace of mind, comfort and a sociable environment to its tenants.
Tenants of the 14 schemes have worked with their Scheme Manager to deliver a calendar for 2013. Each scheme has selected their own images which represent their community and the people living there. From award winning gardens to a bowling team the calendar represents the diverse nature of this audience but gives the whole of the Living+ community the unity of working together.
The calendar was launched at a festive tea dance bringing all the Living+ communities together to celebrate their achievement. Over 100 tenants attended the event which included a number of songs from the Beaufort Male Voice Choir, a tea dance and singalong supported by the age positive charity WRVS.
The Mayor of Blaenau Gwent, Cllr Graham Bartlett, opened the event and before its close Santa visited to deliver the calendars.
Jo Green, Head of Living+ at United Welsh said; “The day was truly a success for United Welsh and our Living+ tenants as the first social event specifically aimed at all our Living+ communities. United Welsh are pleased to support initiatives such as this which brings all our Living+ communities together.”