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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.


Fitzroy residents make an impact

Tenants of Fitzroy Lodge the United Welsh Living + scheme in Blackwood have formed a new Residents Association.  Launched on Friday 14th October with a day packed full of activities at the Living + scheme in Cefn Fforest, the tenants welcomed special guests Chris Evans MP for Islwyn and Jocelyn Davies AM for South Wales East along with Caerphilly’s Mayor Vera Jenkins.

 Local MP Chris Evans visited the scheme in the Sirhowy Valley in the morning where he had the joy of listening to Blackwood Primary school’s choir and amazing Celtic band.  The children all wore Welsh rugby tops in support of Saturday’s semi-final and sung a very rousing rendition of Calon Lan.  The MP for Islwyn praised the young musicians and congratulated the tenants of Fitzroy Lodge for their drive and ambition in setting up the group. 

At the event were officers from Communities First, Gwent Association of Voluntary Organisation and Community Police Officers – all on hand to speak to the residents of Fitzroy Lodge and their guests from Living + scheme Glan Yr Afon.

The Residents Association ‘Big Launch’ was kindly supported by many businesses in the local community; including Angelo’s Store, Talk of the Town, Hairdressers, Planet Aroma, Cwm Bakery, Bosco Nero,  Pentllwyn Manor, Clive’s Bakery, Forresters Inn, Sam’s Brasserie and Phoenix Community Transport.  Their support enabled the newly formed group to put on a day full of activities for the launch.