United Welsh’s Living+ team have been recognised for their hard work in delivering outstanding services to our Living+ tenants having achieved the code of practice from the Centre of Housing and Support. The accreditation requires a significant amount of work to prove we are reaching high standards in housing related support.
The Code of Practice is an externally assessed “kite-mark” accreditation specifically designed for support services.
The aim of the Code is to ensure that services delivered to vulnerable people meet the standards and quality expected, and to provide organisations with the opportunity to benchmark their services against nationally recognised service standards.
It is also a key principle of the Code to ensure that the customers themselves are an integral part of the services they receive, both in their development and delivery.
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.”
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. “