Ysgol Hafod Lon is a school for pupils with a wide range of additional needs from the Dwyfor and Meirionnydd areas. The bikes will be used to teach the pupils important skills as well as road safety.
Twelve bikes were built by CCG staff as part of a team building exercises at their recent staff day. All twelve have now been donated to different organisations across the county. Four will be used to set up a cycle club at Maesgeirchen, Bangor and the other four have been donated to Gorwel and Women’s Aid shelters.
Carys Bird, Assistant head of secondary at Ysgol Hafod Lon said: “We are very grateful to CCG for their kind donation. These bikes will be a great asset for the school and will enable pupils to be able to learn to ride a bike and more importantly how to can ride a bike safely in their own time when they are at home with their families.
“The children are already delighted and it’s great to see them playing on the bikes. Cycling is a physical activity that can be enjoyed by people of all abilities. We already have a few specially adapted bikes at the school, but it’s brilliant to have these as well for pupils of all abilities to be able to join in.”
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams added: “It’s all about giving something back to the communities we serve. As the largest housing association in north Wales, we house 10% of Gwynedd’s population, this goes hand in hand with our responsibility to strengthen and help improve these communities.
“Mark Colbourne MBE, who won a gold medal for cycling at the London Paralympics was the guest speaker at our staff day this year where these bikes were built, and who knows, these bikes might help create a future Olympian or Paralympian form Gwynedd.”
We have successfully been granted an injunction order with power of arrest, banning an individual from entering Cilgoed and Penywern estates in the Coed Mawr area of Bangor.
Following a number of complaints about anti-social behaviour including noise nuisance and verbal abuse CCG decided to take legal action to protect residents form further anti-social and disruptive behaviour.
Alan Davies, Neighbourhood Services Officer at CCG said: “We have worked closely with our residents to secure this injunction and we are extremely pleased with the outcome of this case. Our tenants at Coed Mawr can now hopefully enjoy peace and quiet, without worrying or feeling scared in their own homes.
“Anti-social behavior can impact greatly on the lives of tenants and local residents, and when complaints are made, we take them very seriously. This case shows that we will take appropriate action to help resolve issues that are brought to our attention.”
One of the witnesses in the case stated: “People shouldn’t have to feel uncomfortable and intimidated in their own home. We are more than happy with the help and support we have received from CCG staff and the situation is now much better. I would encourage other tenants, or people who live in private accommodation and are suffering anti-social behavior on a CCG estate to contact CCG and report the problem – they were so supportive.”
The case was supported by North Wales Police and the injunction order will remain in force until further order of the court.
Our work has once again this year been recognised at RSPCA Cymru’s Community Animal Welfare Footprint (CAWF) awards.
CCG received a bronze award in the Housing Footprint Award category for their work on the pet policy, and good use of fact sheets that have been produced for tenants about looking after their pets which was recognised as good practice by the RSPCA.
Geraint Jones, Neighbourhood Services Manager said: “We were commended again this year for maintaining the standards we achieved last year through developing guidance and fact sheets for tenants who are thinking of keeping pets, as well as encouraging responsible pet ownership to ensure animal welfare.
“Tenants are encouraged to assess the suitability of their property before keeping a pet. We have seen an increase in tenants keeping large dogs, some within blocks of flats and we work closely with RSPCA officers to address these issues.”
RSPCA Cymru’s public affairs manager, Paul Smith added: “RSPCA Cymru is so proud to recognise 15 organisations across Wales, as part of the CAWF scheme.
“CAWF is an established, well-regarded accolade, which continues to pay tribute to the good practice across the country, whether it be with regards to stray dog provision, housing or licensing.
“How we treat our fellow living creatures’ matters so much to people - and this scheme is all about emphasising the practical, tangible but hugely beneficial steps which bodies can take to further animal welfare within their local communities.
“It’s heartening to see so many that go beyond statutory requirements towards animals, despite a challenging financial climate. RSPCA Cymru will continue to work closely with organisations from across the public sector to ensure the welfare of animals is at the forefront of their activities."
A listed building providing supported housing to the over 55s in St Asaph has been taken over by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG).
The 46-unit building, once the home of the Bishop of St Asaph, has been sold by Cheshire-based housing association, Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust to CCG.
This marks the first move outside Gwynedd county for CCG, who currently manage 6300 properties across Gwynedd including; 15 sheltered schemes containing 317 units, nearly 1000 bungalows and flats designated for people over 55.
CCG’s Chief Executive, Ffrancon Williams, said: “With an ever-increasing demand for sustainable and affordable housing across Wales, and particularly among an ageing population in north Wales, we are pleased that this opportunity has arisen for us to buy The Old Palace.
“Managing quality housing for older people is one of CCG’s key capabilities and will put us in good stead to expand and grow as a business. We appreciate the relationship that already exists between the on-site staff and residents and look forward to retaining and promoting this.”
Ian Thomson, Executive Director of Assets at JJ Housing Trust said: “We are delighted that the Old Palace accommodation will continue to be in good hands for the tenants that currently live here. We were impressed by CCG’s track record in managing older persons’ accommodation, particularly so for their active and inclusive management style. Their Supported Housing Team make them highly skilled and capable of supporting older residents to live independently, as long as possible, in their homes.”
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) are looking for tenants to become members of the housing association’s Board.
There are twelve members of the Board, four tenants, four councillors and four independent experts. The Board are responsible for setting the priorities and strategic direction for CCG.
Mark Jones, Board Chair of CCG explains: “We are looking for enthusiastic individuals to contribute to the way in which we run our business. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals who want to develop their skills and experience and who wish to contribute to the future successes of this progressive association.
“It’s important that we attract new blood to the Board all the time, and I would encourage any tenant who is interested to contact us. It is an important role and an important way for tenants to influence the way CCG delivers its services.”
For those who think they lack experience or are worried about travel or child care costs – CCG can provide training and assistance.
If you know a tenant who would enjoy the challenge and who could make a positive contribution to the future of CCG contact the Governance Team on 0300 123 8084 or firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s community benefit generated from a £1.8 million scheme to improve 91 homes at Maesincla, Caernarfon, contractor Wates have donated sponsorship money towards a new kit for the local under 8s football team, Cae Glyn.
Coach Phil Jones said: “Everyone in connection with Cae Glyn utd FC under 8s would like to thank CCG and Wates for their generous sponsorship of the new football kit and training tracksuits. This sponsorship deal has ensured our boys and girls all from the Caernarfon area are now dressed the same for matches and training. This means that the kids get to look and feel like a professional club and give them a sense of belonging to a team. Just seeing the increase in their confidence already makes volunteering worthwhile.”
CCG are investing £30 million to improve the condition of their houses between 2015 – 2020. One of these projects is a £1.8 million scheme which started on 91 homes at Maesincla, Caernarfon earlier this month. The work will include installing new roofs, external rendering, new windows and doors and insulation. It will be carried out by Wates Living Space.
Work by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), to transform 20 small flats into 15 modern and spacious flats at Edmund and Ambrose Streets is nearing completion, with tenants due to move to their new homes this month.
The scheme is part of £1.5 million positive regeneration work invested in the Hirael area, which also includes the new Plas yr Wylan flats that were completed earlier this year.
Anthony Dever Construction ltd from Denbighshire were the appointed contractors who carried the substantial modernisation work which included a complete new layout, installing new heating and electrical systems, as well as new kitchens and bathrooms which were installed by CCG’s in-house repair and maintenance team.
An official opening was held last week, which gave tenants, staff and the local community an opportunity to see the transformation for themselves.
Mark Jones, CCG Chairman said: “As the larges housing association in north Wales, our main purpose is to provide people with affordable and comfortable homes. We are delighted with the investment we have made over the last year to help regenerate the Hirael area.
“When the Edmund and Ambrose Streets scheme was approved, there were nearly 200 people in Bangor waiting for a one-bedroom flat and 140 people waiting for a two-bedroom flat. We are very proud to be playing our part in providing much needed housing for the people of Bangor and it was very rewarding to see the difference these new homes will make to the lives of the families.
“The training, employment and community benefits generated from this scheme were outstanding, with contractor Anthony Dever far exceeding their targets. 160 training weeks were given to various individuals on the scheme, and for every £1 spent on the scheme £2 has been reinvested in the Welsh economy.
“It’s a very exciting time for us at CCG, as we continue to grow and provide more new homes to ensure that we can continue to be a part of the solution in providing affordable and good quality housing in areas of high demand. I hope the new tenants will be very happy in their new homes.”
Sion Robert CCG’s Assistant Director Property Management added: “This is the improvement scheme our internal repairs and maintenance team have been a part of, and I’m proud of the team – the quality of the work speaks for itself.
“This scheme allows the team to see what can be achieved, and is the first step towards us achieving our corporate target for growth. It also delivers many value for money benefits to CCG, and I hope we can work on other similar projects in the future.”
As part of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s business transformation project, two new satellite offices will be opening this month in Meirionnydd.
One satellite office will open at Cysgol y Coleg, Y Bala and the other will open at Hafan Deg, Barmouth. These two buildings are owned by CCG and designated offices have been set-up at the two locations.
Sion Hughes, Business Transformation Manager at CCG said: “As part of our business transformation project we are reviewing the way we work and the services we offer our tenants. This includes looking at the location of our offices across the county.
“Opening two satellite offices in the Meironnydd area is a very positive step for us. Increased presence at these two locations will mean greater face to face support for our tenants in these areas, and will enable staff to work more efficiently.
Gethin Glyn Williams, Barmouth Councillor added: “CCG have 154 tenanted homes in Barmouth, and their decision to further develop the service to include a satellite office here in Barmouth is a positive step taken by the company. I welcome this step that brings the landlord/tenant relationship closer and facilitates easier access for residents to meet with CCG staff in the town.”
If you are a CCG tenant, and wish to speak to officers at Y Bala or Barmouth, please contact CCG on 0300 123 8084 to arrange an appointment at one of the offices.
The largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) is proud to be working in partnership with Grwp Llandrillo Menai to develop and improve the skills of their repairs and maintenance workforce.
Initially, CCG collaborated with CITB and Neath Port Talbot Homes to develop a brand-new Level 3 multi skilling qualification for the industry. Having a multi skilled workforce is seen as the way forward for Housing Associations – providing value for money by undertaking maintenance work in the most practical, economical, and efficient way possible.
The aim of the Building, Maintenance, Multi-trade Repair & Refurbishment Operations (BMMRRO) qualification is to develop practical skills across a number of trades – and achieve a respected multi -skilling qualification at the end. It also allows students to concentrate on different modules and can be tailored to the needs of the employer.
Four members of CCG’s workforce have recently started their level three multi-skill qualification at Coleg Llandrillo Menai, where they will follow the one-day-a-week course for 18 months.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “Nurturing and developing skills internally is very important to us as an employer. By offering apprenticeships to young people and courses to some of our more experienced members of the workforce, we are not only investing in the future of the company, but also investing in the wider economy.
“We are very proud to be offering members of our workforce an opportunity to gain this multi-skilled qualification. Due to the nature of the work carried out by our internal repairs and maintenance team it is important that we can teach and develop our own workforce, who are expected to carry out several trades.
“By working with Grwp Llandrillo Menai we can ensure that we are developing the skills and experiences of our workforce in a range of different crafts to ensure that our tenants receive an effective and efficient service from our repairs and maintenance team.”
Daryl Baxter Work based Assessor at Grwp Llandrillo Menai added: "This has been a great opportunity for the college and local business to work in partnership to upskill local tradespeople across North Wales. Due to the success of this initiative, we are hoping to roll it out on a larger scale."
One of CCG’s four workers following the course is Iwan Jones from Tywyn. He started with CCG as an apprentice and is now on his third year at the collage, he said: “What’s good about this course is that I can take what I learn in collage back to work and I also learn loads on the job which I can use at collage. I’m very grateful for the opportunity that I’ve had and it’s great to gain experience in a variety of areas, from joinery to pluming and plastering. I hope to be fully qualified next year.”
If you are a business or a company who thinks your workforce could benefit from the multi-skill qualification, please contact Jennifer Jones at Grwp Llandrillo Menai on 01492 546666 for more information.
18 young people from Caernarfon and Penygroes have been taking part in a summer scheme run by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) to help improve their communities.
The Junior Wardens scheme, which was run in partnership this year with North Wales Police, is a unique scheme that gives children the opportunity to work alongside CCG’s Community Wardens over the summer to teach them about the important work they do in their communities to make them safe and pleasant places to live.
The scheme, now in its eighth year, has seen over 120 children participating from Bangor, Dolgellau, Nefyn, Llanaelhaearn, Y Bala, Pwllheli, Blaenau Ffestiniog, Llanberis, Llanrug, Barmouth, Deiniolen, Bethesda, Caernarfon, Maesgeirchen, Talysarn, Llanllyfni and Penygroes.
Sarah Schofield, Director of Customers and Communities at CCG said: “This scheme gives children a fantastic opportunity to learn more about safety and our work on our estates and to learn about the world of work in Gwynedd. The aim of the scheme is to give the Junior Wardens as many different experiences as possible and to inspire them to think about the careers they could choose when they leave school.
“Some of the activities the children have been doing over the summer include a first aid course, working with the police, home safety tips with the North Wales Fire and Rescue Service, visit the Air Ambulance at Caernarfon Airport and a visit to Caernarfon Crown Court.
“As well as working with different partners, the Junior Wardens have been working with our Community Wardens and local Councillors on our estates; planting flowers and taking part in litter picks. These sessions have given the children the chance to see what happens in their local areas, and how by working together we can make our communities a better place to live.”
Inspector Owain Llewellyn from North Wales Police added: "The Junior Wardens Scheme provides police officers with a great opportunity to work with some of the younger members within our communities and it is encouraging to see more and more young people taking part in this process. It is a mutually beneficial scheme and I’m glad that the young people have enjoyed the activities and hope it will help build on their good citizenship in the years to come."
The group of year seven pupils from Penygroes and year five pupils from Caernarfon spent at least two days a week with CCG’s Community Wardens. Activities included; a visit to Danger Point, a day with North Wales Fire Service and North Wales Police, visits to the National Slate Museum, Caernarfon castle, and much more. The youngsters were presented with certificates at the end of the scheme to mark their achievement and to thank them for their hard work.
Over 20 staff members working for the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) took part in an epic walking challenge in July, raising £1250 for Muscular Dystrophy UK.
Snowdonia Challenge was a three-day walking event, with participants walking 100km of various routes over 3 days through Snowdonia National Park.
Four members of staff managed to walk the three days, with others taking part in one or two days of the challenge. Each route began and ended at Betws-y-Coed.
Paul McGrady, Director of Resources at CCG said: “We are very proud to support such a worthy charity as Muscular Dystrophy UK, and we are delighted that our staff, their friends and family have raised so much money for this charity.
“The decision to support Muscular Dystrophy UK was made by a member of staff who has a relative with a type of muscular dystrophy. One of our aims as an employer is to promote the health and wellbeing of our staff. CCG fully funded our employees to take part in the Snowdonia Challenge to ensure as much take up as possible and to allow our staff to enjoy the fresh air and the beautiful scenery here in Snowdonia.
“Another of our aims is to support the more vulnerable people in society and to promote sustainable communities. Through our fundraising, we hope that we are also achieving this.”
Muscular Dystrophy UK is the charity for the 70,000 people living with muscle-wasting conditions in the UK.
There are over 60 types of muscle-wasting conditions. They cause muscles to weaken and waste over time, leading to increasing disability. The conditions may affect not only the muscles in the limbs, but also those of the heart and lungs, with many conditions significantly shortening life-expectancy.
Clinical trials for some conditions are now underway and it is hoped that these may lead to the introduction of new treatments that can slow the progression of these devastating conditions.
Further information about the charity can be found at www.musculardystrophyuk.org
The Gwynedd Football League have secured new sponsors for the next three years. Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), the largest housing association in north Wales, will be sponsoring the league for the next three-yeas, kicking off from the start of the 2017/18 season.
The league will be known as the Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Football League. Dafydd Owen, League Chairman, said “We are absolutely delighted to have such a prestigious local organisation as our new lead sponsor. Their financial commitment greatly helps the ongoing development of the league which in turn provides highly valued social activity for young people in the local area”.
CCG Chief Executive, Ffrancon Williams said: “We are very proud to be sponsoring the Gwynedd Football League for the next three years. As the largest housing association in North Wales with nearly 6,300 homes across Gwynedd and over 12,000 tenants – it is very important for us to be supporting the development of vibrant and sustainable communities.
“With 13 clubs forming Gwynedd football league, it is an important past time with social and health benefits for many individuals and families, who follow these teams throughout the season. I wish all the clubs the best of luck for the season, and look forward to coming to watch a few of the matches!”
The largest Housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) will begin work on building five new homes at Y Garreg, Groeslon this month.
Bangor-based W F Clayton have been appointed to build the five two-bedroom houses and it is hoped that the work will be complete by Summer 2018. The homes will be energy efficient, as well as meeting the standards for Secure by Design and Life Time Homes.
Each dwelling will have two off road parking and an additional five parking spaces will be created for current Y Garreg residents.
Ian Atkinson, Director of Assets and Infrastructure at CCG said: “It’s great to see the work starting on site. This is our first new build project in the Caernarfon area and is part of our wider scheme to build hundreds of new homes across the county over the next few years.
“Continuing to provide affordable and good quality social housing to local people who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home is a priority for us being the largest housing association in North Wales, and these new houses will help meet the increasing demand in Groeslon.
“We are very pleased to have appointed W F Clayton, a local company from Bangor which will ensure that the investment is retained locally within the county and will bring a number of wider economic benefits to the area.”
Paul Williams Director W F Clayton added: “We are proud to be building these houses on behalf of CCG, and we look forward to working in partnership with them for the first time by building quality, modern homes which will be highly efficient for Arfon residents.
“As a local company, this contract will have a positive impact on the economy as we will be employing local workers and using local suppliers and contractors. We will also be working with CCG to offer apprentice opportunities to local young people from the area.”
The £700,000 scheme will be funded by CCG and the Welsh Government. Caernarfon-based Wakemans have been appointed employer’s agent.
If you are interested in registering your interest in the new homes, contact Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100.
The largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) will have a stall at this year’s National Eisteddfod at Bodedern, Anglesey between 4-12 August.
Activities for the week include; launching the ‘My home, My community’ campaign, promoting affordable homes and new build projects, an opportunity to learn more about job opportunities with us and opportunities for local suppliers, as well as advice on how to reduce money on energy bills and many fun activities for children.
On the Thursday, Anni Llyn, Children’s Poet Laureate will be hosting a workshop on the theme ‘My home, My community’ for children between 2-3pm. There will also be face painting on the stand on Wednesday and Friday between 1-3pm, many games, an art table and an opportunity to build a house out of pieces of wood.
Delyth Lloyd, Head of Communications at CCG said: “We are very excited about the Eisteddfod. It promises to be a brilliant week, filled with fun and we look forward to welcoming our tenants, partners, and indeed, people from all over Wales to our stand to show them the good work that is done by us across Gwynedd.
“Monday will be an exciting day, with the launch of our ‘My home, My community’ campaign. We have been busy collecting stories and old photos from our estates over the last few months, and we will have a digital display on our stand on the Monday.
“We are also appealing on our tenants and private residents who live on our estates to come and see us and share their interesting memories and photos which might date back pre-World War Two, during, or after the War – when most of our houses were built.
“Our workforce recently found an engraved plank of wood dating back to 1926 when they were removing flooring from one of our properties a Penlon Gardens, Bangor. A man called Will Davies from Bethesda had signed the plank back in 1926. We would like to make an appeal to anyone who knows or are related to Mr Davies to get in touch with us or come and see us at the Eisteddfod.
“On the Tuesday, Ffrancon Williams, our Chief Executive will be taking part in a special session on Grwp Cynefin’s stall between 11am – 1pm which has been arranged by Community Housing Cymru. The session will discuss how can we address the challenges faced by rural communities in 2036 and who do we need to work with to achieve the sector’s vision? A guest panel will discuss, with everyone welcome to join in the conversation.
“If you are visiting the Maes, come and see us and say hello – we will have something for everyone on our stand!”
CCG will be located at stand 521 and 522 and will be open between 10am – 6pm every day.
The largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has been highly commended at the Housing Association National Accountancy Awards (HANA Awards).
CCG’s finance team were nominated in the efficiency and value for money category, and were highly commended at the ceremony in London last week.
The HANA awards are the number one awards event in social housing finance, and recognises accountancy excellence in the housing sector.
Paul McGrady, Director of Resources at CCG said: “We were very pleased to receive the Highly-Commended award at the HANA ceremony. The ceremony was branded as "Finance Heroes in the Spotlight", and they received a record number of entries of exceptionally high quality this year. We are very proud that our efforts have been recognised.
"Ensuring value for money is one of the key principles of our corporate plan, and it was very satisfying to see CCG staff, and the finance team in particular receiving credit for their ongoing work in this field. Our continued savings and efficiency has allowed us to generate savings that we reinvest into the business, to continue to build much needed affordable social houses for the people of Gwynedd and to improve the homes of our tenants.”
Following a fire incident at one of our properties at Llys Buddug, Caernarfon yesterday morning we are glad to hear that no-one was injured. Our staff have visited the site and we are currently investigating the circumstances behind the fire.
The largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has invested £8,000 in the installation of five new bin storage units at Llys Dyfrig, Llys Arthur and Llys Bedwyr at Tan y Bryn, Bangor to improve the safe storage of bins and to encourage recycling.
CCG worked in partnership with Gwynedd Council who had expressed a need to implement a waste recycling strategy for Tan y Bryn. As well as the new bin stores, a number of recycling bins were provided to encourage tenant to recycle their waste, reducing the amount of waste being taken to landfills. The new bins were delivered to each site on completion of the bin storage units.
Alan Davies, Neighbourhood Services Officer at CCG said: “We have had several issues with waste and recycling, with small bins being blown away by heavy winds, especially over the winter months, causing mess and disruption; things had to change.
“We made the decision to provide a secured unit to keep all bins safely stored, but we also worked in conjunction with Gwynedd Council’s refuse and recycling teams to provide larger waste bins, which would reduce the risk of the bins being blown away in heavy winds, and provide the tenants with fewer bins at both Llys Arthur and Llys Dyfrig. Having so many bins on both sites made the areas unsightly and would often attract fly tipping of large items, which could not be removed by the Council, resulting in additional costs for CCG to remove and dispose.
“The bins location at Llys Arthur has also been changed, as for several years our cleaning contractors had to physically take 12 bins down a set of steps to the main road on collection day, and return them once they had been emptied, which was not practical at all. We decided to relocate the new, larger bins, which means that the cleaning contractor no longer had to physically move the bins, whilst still keeping the bins easily accessible, and within a short walking distance.
“I’m pleased to say that since the work has been completed we have already seen an immediate reduction in the amount of household waste being left on these particular areas.”
In view of the tragic events at Grenfell Tower, London, we are mindful that many of our tenants and residents in our housing blocks will be looking for reassurances about their own safety.
CCG has not insulated any of our properties with the same cladding or material used in the recent Grenfell Tower disaster. All installations of external wall insulation to our flats that are three storeys or higher include fire breaks which are designed to prevent the spread of fire. All these products have been rigorously tested and meet all the necessary statutory requirements.
We are keen to reassure you that we take the safety of our tenants, residents and staff very seriously and have comprehensive measures in place to reduce the risk from fire.
These measures include the maintenance of gas and electrical supplies, provision of fire detection in individual flats and regular housekeeping checks to ensure escape routes are free from potential sources of ignition and combustible items.
Fire risk assessments are carried out on all blocks of flats by industry specialists and our fire management of blocks are periodically checked by North Wales Fire & Rescue. Any recommendations for improvements from these visits are carried out within recommended time scales.
All tenants can play their part by making sure that you are familiar with the evacuation policy for the property and promptly report any fire safety related problems, such as faulty smoke/heat detectors or self-closing doors, to CCG.
For information about keeping safe at home tenants are also advised to visit the North Wales Fire & Rescue Service’s website.
A Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) tenant has received special recognition for her work in the community by being highly commended at the prestigious National Inside Housing Awards.
Margaret Bracegirdle from Penygroes was nominated in the tenant lifetime contribution category at the UK Housing Heroes Awards for her voluntary work on behalf of Gwynedd tenants over the years. She received the recognition at an award ceremony in Manchester last week.
The Housing Heroes Awards recognise the hard work of people in the housing sector, and many of the awards celebrate the ‘unsung heroes’ of the housing world.
Margaret was a CCG Board member for six years, and was a member of the Shadow Board whilst CCG was being established seven years ago. She played an important role in the transfer of the housing stock from the Council to CCG.
Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive said: “I have known Margaret for 15 years, and seen her progress from championing tenants’ issues through to representing tenants’ interests on the Board of CCG, and nationally through the Welsh Tenants Federation and TPAS.
“She is a dedicated and hardworking individual who has given tirelessly of her time to the housing sector. She always sought fairness for tenants as a whole and her contribution as Board Member and Tenant and Resident Partnership member at CCG has been invaluable to us and greatly assisted us to progress as a business, putting tenants at the heart of what we do.
“Congratulations to Margaret, we are very proud of you and thank you for all your hard work over the years representing tenants!”
Over the years, Margaret has also been Chair of TPAS Cymru – the organisation who look after tenant rights, and locally she has worked hard on behalf of Penygoes tenants by playing an active role in her work with Trem yr Wyddfa Tenant and Resident Society.
Margaret added: “It was a brilliant night with good company, myself and everyone there from CCG were so please that I was highly commended. It’s something I'll never forget, I was so shocked.
“I have always worked on behalf of tenants, helping them when things go wrong. I really enjoy helping other tenants and enjoyed being a Board member up until my retirement September of last year. It’s so important that tenant’s voices are heard.”
A ten-year renewal programme by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) and Gwynedd Council is due to start in Deiniolen next month.
Under the £6 million scheme, the potable water infrastructure on many CCG estates across Gwynedd, which also include privately owned homes, will be replaced by a new system to meet current standards.
These estates are made up of a mixture of both CCG and private homes on CCG estates.
Michael Evans, Land and Estates Officer at CCG said: “We are very excited to see this work begin, and proud to be working in partnership with Gwynedd Council and Welsh Water on these important improvements.
“The work will provide our tenants and private residents who live on our estates with the highest quality drinking water for decades to come.
“Currently, the pipes that bring water into of the houses on our estates are the joint responsibility of CCG and Gwynedd Council. By laying a new water main in the road, Welsh Water will then be responsible for the pipe which will mean that if there are any problems it will be much easier for them to fix.
“Over the next 10 years we will be improving the water infrastructure on carefully selected estates. Tenants and private home owners will be contacted well in advance of when this work needs to be carried out on their property.”
Pentre Helen, Deiniolen will be the location of the pilot scheme, which will see an investment of over £500,000 take place over 16 weeks.
Local company Gelli Civil Engineering Cyf, from Tremadog have been appointed to carry out the work on behalf of CCG and Gwynedd Council. The work will include installing a new pipe from the footpath into people’s homes.
Welsh Water will also be working in partnership with CCG and Gwynedd Council, installing the new water main in the road.
One of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s empty buildings at Maesgeirchen, Bangor has recently been transformed into a community café. ‘Caffi MaesG’ is a joint venture between Communities 1st, Partneriaeth Maesgeirchen Partnership (PMP), MATRA and CCG.
The café has been open each Wednesday and Friday afternoon, with the intention to increase the opening hours, if there is sufficient interest and support within the community.
The café is run by volunteers with the help of Jennifer Williams, the Café Co-ordinator and Eiriona Rees Hughes from Communities 1st. As well as offering drinks and cake, the opportunity to chat with neighbours, there is also free wi-fi, a book swap scheme and a variety of activities for children in the school holidays. The café also offers work experience opportunities and training sessions such as ‘Come and Cook’ and Food Hygiene courses.
Dylan Thomas from CCG’s Community Involvement Team said “It’s great to support an initiative like this, which offers somewhere on the estate for people to socialize and which also provides an opportunity to learn and develop new skills through volunteering and training sessions. Two of the volunteers who have helped at the café, have moved into employment with local companies, which is great news. If you are in Maesgeirchen, remember to call in – everyone is welcome.”
Over the coming weeks, there are plans in place to offer internet access, set up a Food Bank collection point, establish a Food Co-op and set up a Fareshare Scheme - where food from local supermarkets can be shared out.
If you are interested in volunteering at the café, just call in for a chat or contact the Community Involvement Team on 0300 123 8084 or email@example.com Training will be provided to anyone who is interested.
The largest Housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has started work on building five new homes at Penmorfa Tywyn.
Tywyn-based Chesworth Brothers have been appointed to build the five two-bedroom houses and it is hoped that the work will be complete by Spring 2018. The homes will be energy efficient, built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, as well as meeting the standards for Secure by Design and Life Time Homes.
Ian Atkinson, Director of Assets and Infrastructure at CCG said: “It’s great to see the work staring on site. This is our first new build project in Tywyn and is part of our wider scheme to build hundreds of new homes across the county over the next few years.
“Continuing to provide affordable and good quality social housing to locals who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home is a priority for us as one of the largest housing associations in North Wales, and these new houses will help meet the increasing demand in Tywyn.
“We are very pleased to have appointed Chesworth Brothers, a local company from Tywyn which will ensure that the spend is kept locally within the county and bring a number of wider economic benefits to the area.”
Mike Chesworth, Director of Chesworth Brothers added: “We are proud to be building these houses on behalf of CCG, and we look forward to working in partnership with them for the first time by building quality, modern homes which will be highly efficient for Tywyn residents.
“As a local company, this contract will have a positive impact on the economy as we will be employing local workers and using local suppliers and contractors. We will also be working with CCG to offer apprentice opportunities to local young people from the area.”
The £700,000 scheme will be funded by CCG and the Welsh Government.
If you are interested in registering your interest in the new homes, contact Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100.
Llanbedr Community Centre has recently been transformed, the work was supported by a grant of £10,000 from the largest housing in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s Community Investment Fund.
In addition to the grant, a new kitchen was fitted in the centre for free by CCG contractors Gareth Morris Construction (GMC). GMC have built 12 new houses on behalf of CCG at Wenallt Uchaf, Dolgellau and this work is one of the community benefits generated from the contract.
Iolyn Jones from the Centre’s committee said: “The condition of the building was causing us problems and it was deteriorating from year to year resulting in less use being made of the centre.
“After receiving this money from CCG, and other substantial grants from the Lottery and others, the community centre has been expanded to create more rooms, a new kitchen and improve the condition of the original building. The hall can now split in two and can offer people the use of a projector and large screen for meeting and film nights. A training room has also been created which offers IT facilities. Access to the centre is also now suitable for disabled people, and a new disabled toilet has been fitted.
“We have already received a number of enquiries to hire the centre and we are confident that the community will be making much more use of the new building in future. We are very happy with the standard of the work by GMC and how easy it was to arrange, and would like to thank them and thank CCG for their financial support.”
Llanbedr Community Centre is a charity which is managed by trustees, and a committee was been set up to improve the facilities and resources in the village.
Paul McLachlan, Business Improvement and Compliance Manager at GMC said: “As a company we are very proud to have supported this important community project by providing them with free labour to fit a new kitchen. Two of our operatives worked on the site for three days, and it’s great to see the new kitchen looking so good. We hope that this kitchen will be a valuable asset for the centre for years to come.”
Dylan Thomas, Community Involvement Manager at CCG added: “Over the years, 240 projects have received grants worth over £1 million from our Community Investment Fund. This money has made a huge difference to communities across the county, including the community centre at Llanbedr.
“If you have any ideas about improving your community, CCG can offer grants for community and voluntary groups.
“Groups can apply for funding towards events, providing training, improving local facilities or towards a project that will improve their local environment. For more information about the Fund and to apply for a grant, please contact our team on 0300 123 8084 or email firstname.lastname@example.org”
As the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) owns over 3 million square meters of land across the county.
Of that 3 million, 390,000 m2 is grass land which needs to be cut on a regular basis and CCG are pleased to announce that a new £700,000 contract for this work has been awarded to Gwynedd Council.
Gethin Armstrong, Repairs and Maintenance Client Manager at CCG said: “We own many open spaces across our Gwynedd estates, and it is very important to us that we maintain our estates to ensure they are kept neat and tidy to provide a comfortable environment for our tenants and the wide communities.
“We are pleased that our £700,000 grounds maintenance contract has been awarded to Cyngor Gwynedd over the next two years. This work will include grass cutting 390,000 m2 of grass, seven times a year over the summer season, across the whole of Gwynedd.
“We will be working closely with the Council over the next two years on maximising contract benefits to ensure that communities not only see the visual benefits from this contract, but also community and economic benefits.”
The contract includes a £53,000 spend on cutting the gardens of some of our most vulnerable tenants as well as cutting the grassed areas around 320 of our sheltered housing units. The grass will be cut and collected at least seven times a year (dependant on the weather) and in some areas, could be up to eight or nine times if there is a real need.
We are currently working with the Council and other organisations to identify sites where we can develop wild flower meadows which encourages bio diversity to attract natural habitat for birds and insect as well providing ascetically pleasing surroundings for tenants and the wider general public.
Gwyn Morris Jones, Head of Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Department said: “We are very pleased to be working together with Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd. This contract was out to open tender, and we are delighted that the Council is to continue to provide the Ground Maintenance Service on behalf of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd. This contract, which will be operational for a period of two years in the first instance, will mean that staff from Gwynedd Council’s Highways and Municipal Department will cut grass and maintain land owned by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd across the county.”
The contract, which started in April will continue over the summer months and will follow the same schedule in 2018.
Work by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) on twelve new houses at Wenallt Uchaf, Dolgellau is nearing completion, with tenants moving to their new homes at the end of the month.
Families moving into homes were given an opportunity last week to see their new homes for the first time.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “As the largest housing association in north Wales, our main purpose is to provide people with affordable homes. This is our first new build project in the Meirionnydd area and is part of our wider scheme to build 200 new homes across Gwynedd over the next four years, many of these we hope will be in the Meirionnydd area.
“Continuing to provide affordable and good quality social housing to locals who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home is our priority and it was a pleasure to see how happy and excited the new tenants are to be moving into these beautiful new houses. It makes our work worthwhile.”
The new houses at Wenallt Uchaf are a mixture of two and three bedroom homes which will help meet local demand in the area for affordable rented homes. The name of the development, Wenallt Uchaf, was chosen by Dolgellau Town Council.
The houses have been built by north Wales-based Gareth Morris Construction (GMC). The homes are energy efficient, built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, as well as meeting the standards for Secure by Design and Life Time Homes.
Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor and Meironnydd said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the first tenants into Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd’s new affordable housing development at Wenallt Uchaf, Dolgellau.
“There is a real shortage of affordable housing throughout the county and this new scheme contributes to fulfilling that need. We need to keep building affordable homes for local young families and these are fantastic properties.
“I know the new residents will really enjoy living here and contributing to the wider Dolgellau community. I wish the tenants all the best in their new homes and pay tribute to all those involved in making this scheme possible.”
The scheme was funded by CCG and the Welsh Government’s smaller properties grant programme.
Housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) in partnership with CITB have recently taken part in the Build a Career scheme with Ysgol Ardudwy, Harlech pupils.
The purpose of the scheme is to encourage employees across north Wales to work with schools on improving the image, raising the profile and bettering youngsters understanding of the building sector and the opportunities within the sector that are available to the next generations.
Two workshops were held with the level 2 BTEC construction year 10 and 11 groups at Ysgol Ardudwy.
Llyr ap Gruffydd, Business support and training officer at CCG said: “As the largest housing association in north Wales, which will continue to grow over the next years, it is important to us that we advertise the range of jobs that are available within the building sector and CCG so that we can nurture young people for the future to try and keen our pool of staff as local as we possibly can.
“We had two brilliant days with the pupils and it was great to work with CITB, Ysgol Ardudwy and our contractors Sustainable Building Services Ltd (SBS) on this important scheme. The pupils received useful practical experiences and a chance to learn about the industry and an interesting and different way, rather than sitting behind a desk.”
The workshops gave pupils an opportunity to build a large structure using pyramid triangles, and an opportunity to learn more about the building industry and housing associations in general. As well as these workshops, the pupils were taken out to a CCG building site at Waun, Harlech with CCG contractors, SBS to see the examples of building work for themselves.
Ceri Murray, who teaches technology at Ysgol Ardudwy added: “We had two worthwhile days with CITB, CCG and SBS. The pupils had practical experience of working together and a chance to get to know the different roles within the building sector.
“They were also able to visit a building site at Waun, Harlech with CCG’s contractors SBS to see the external work that is taking place, it was an eye opener for a lot of the pupils. The school would like to thank everyone for their time, and we look forward to working together in the future.”
CCG hope to work with Ysgol Ardudwy on further opportunities over the next three year as well as other schools in Arfon and Dwyfor from September onwards.
As the largest housing association in North Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has secured their first package deal with Watkin Jones Homes, a subsidiary of Watkin Jones Group, one of the UK’s leading construction and development companies, based in Bangor.
Contracts for the Plas y Coed development were officially signed last week, which means that 10 out of the 51 homes built by Watkin Jones Homes will be transferred to CCG once the building work is completed.
The 10 properties will be a mixture of four one-bedroom flats, four two-bedroom and two three-bedroom homes and will help meet the high demand for affordable housing in the area.
Ffrancon Williams, CCG’s Chief Executive, said: "We are very excited to be working with Watkin Jones Homes on this development. They are an award-winning developer recognised for their design, quality and sustainability and we look forward to working with them on similar opportunities in the future.
"As CCG continues to grow over the next few years we hope to strengthen our relationship with developers from across north Wales to help meet the housing needs and provide people with affordable quality homes in their local communities."
The Plas Y Coed scheme has been funded by £720,000 of Welsh Government social housing grant and £520,000 of private finance through CCG. They will be available on social rent and it is hoped that they will be completed by October 2017.
Berwyn Evans of Watkin Jones Homes, commented: "We are extremely proud to announce our affiliation with CCG in developing part of this prestigious development near Bangor. Plas Y Coed is situated close to the picturesque Porth Penrhyn and Hirael Bay overlooking the Menai Straits.
"When completed later this year, the scheme will provide a number of apartments within a Grade II listed building, as well as newly built contemporary homes providing some much-needed affordable housing in an extremely desirable location."
If you are interested renting one of the affordable flats or homes from CCG, register your interest with Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100 or email@example.com
If you are interested in buying one of the open market homes, contact Watkin Jones Homes on 01745 538177 or visit www.watkinjoneshomes.co.uk
In his role as one of the officers on the Tenant Funds Team at Cysgod y Coleg, John makes cups of tea and coffee during their coffee afternoons which are held every two weeks and also plays a key role in preparations for the annual Christmas lunch in the communal room.
Congratulations to Eilwen Charters from Hafan Elan sheltered housing, Llanrug who’s received a Community Star for her work in the community.
Eilwen was nominated for the "Good Neighbour" award by Diane Morris Supported CCG’s Housing Coordinator, because she goes the extra mile and is always willing to help and lend a hand to others.
She has been working hard to improve activities at Hafan Elan and she is always willing to support and prepare the activities that are held in the communal room such as the lunch club, bingo, entertainment, fitness classes and much more. Eilwen also volunteers weekly at the local Age Cymru shop and gives a lot of her time for the benefit of others.
Dylan Thomas, Community Involvement Manager at CCG said "Congratulations to Eilwen for winning this award. I would like to thank her for her hard work, which has made a big difference to the lives of our tenants at Hafan Elan. It is very important to us that people like Eilwen get the recognition they deserve.
"There are four different categories in the CCG community star awards; good neighbour, green award, young people’s award and good idea award. If you know a tenant who deserves a Community Stars Award, call the Community Involvement Team on 0300 123 8084 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org"
As the development of twelve new homes by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd at Wenallt Uchaf Dolgellau is nearing completion, three young people have been learning the tools of the trade on site with local contractors.
Hayley Daniels, Tanni Rogers and Cai Rutigaliano are all students at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor studying construction under the Creative Solutions scheme. Hayley and Tanni are training to be plasters whilst Cai is training to become a plumber.
CCG’s business support and training officer Llŷr ap Gruffydd said: “Offering training and employment opportunities is always important to us when working with contractors on schemes like Wenallt Uchaf.
"As well as developing new affordable homes, CCG is committed to ensuring that the wider community benefits from our projects.
"Working together with Coleg Meirion Dwyfor and GMC, we were able to offer work placement opportunities to these students. Three new apprentice opportunities were also created and work experience placements offered to unemployed people. The feedback from everyone has been very positive."
The students spent several days on site with main contractor Gareth Morris Construction (GMC) and local sub-contractors rendering, pinking and installing internal radiators.
Hayley Daniels who is 19 and lives at Wenallt, Dolgellau said: "It’s very important for us to have the hands-on experience on site, and it was a great opportunity to work on a new build site right on my door step, I could literally walk to work every day!
"We were given the opportunity to have a go at machine plastering, this was a new and different experience for us. I have really enjoyed being on the site and I hope I can find work locally in the future after completing my course."
The new houses at Wenallt Uchaf are a mixture of two and three bedroom homes which will help meet local demand in the area for affordable rented homes. They will be competed in April 2017.
Alex Geraint Jones, a brick work lecturer at Coleg Meirion Dwyfor Dolegllau said: "It has been a superb and valuable opportunity for the students to work on a new build site, locally. Living in such a rural area, it can be difficult to find work experiences locally for the students, resulting in them having to travel further afield.
"We look forward to working with CCG on future opportunities for our students on their other sites."
Paul McLachlan, Business Improvement and Compliance Manager at GMC added: "We are proud to be working in partnership with CCG and Coleg Meirion Dwyfor, providing young people with life skills, valuable experiences and the opportunity to learn new skills.
"It was a privilege to have three young enthusiastic workers on site, and we wish them the best of luck for the future."
The £1.5 million Wenallt Uchaf scheme has been funded by CCG and the Welsh Government.
A listed building providing supported housing to the over 55s in St Asaph is soon to be taken over by North Wales’ largest housing association, CCG (Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd).
The 47-unit building, once the home of the Bishop of St Asaph, will soon to be sold by Cheshire-based housing association (subject to contract) by Johnnie Johnson Housing Trust, to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.
This heralds the first move outside Gwynedd county for CCG, who currently manage 15 sheltered schemes containing 317 units manage nearly 1000 bungalows and flats designated for people over 55 dispersed across Gwynedd.
CCG’s Chief Executive, Ffrancon Williams, said: “With an ever-increasing demand for sustainable and affordable housing across Wales, and particularly among an ageing population in north Wales, we are pleased that this opportunity has arisen for us to buy The Old Palace. Managing quality housing for older people is one of CCG’s key capabilities and will put us in good stead to expand and grow as a business is a key part of our growth ambition. We appreciate the relationship that already exists between the on-site staff and residents and look forward to retaining and promoting this.
Ian Thomson, Executive Director of Assets at JJ Housing Trust said: “We are delighted that the Old Palace accommodation will continue to be in good hands for the tenants that currently live here. We were impressed by CCG’s track record in managing older persons’ accommodation. Particularly so for their active and inclusive management style. Their Older People’s Team and scheme co-ordinators make them highly skilled to support our older residents to live independently, as long as possible, in their homes.”
A Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) tenant has received special recognition for his work in the community by winning a Community Star Award.
Mr Brian Williams from Penthyn Avenue, Bangor was nominated by local Councillor, Nigel Pickavance, for the “Good Neighbour” award for his tireless work to help others in Maesgeirchen.
Brian (or Brian Bach to his friends) is always happy to help others, and his long-term contribution as a trainer at Maesgeirchen’s Boxing Club for almost 40 years earned him the award.
During this period Brian, has trained hundreds of youngsters in very basic facilities in an empty garage on the estate. Despite the lack of proper facilities many of Brian’s students have become Welsh champions, three of which were titled on the same evening in Cardiff.
Brian leads through example, and even today at 69 years of age he can be seen jogging up the steep hills in Maesgeirchen with the youngsters trying to keep up with him. He’s taught youths in Bangor how to box, life skills and discipline.
Councillor Nigel Pickavance said: “It's was a pleasure to nominate someone as worthy as Brian Bach for the CCG Community award, not only for his stand out commitment to the young people of Maesgeirchen but for care and help he gives to the residents on the estate, especially the OAP's. Thank you Brian for all your hard work in Maesgeirchen over the years.”
Dylan Thomas, Community Involvement Co-ordinator at CCG said “Congratulations to Brian for winning this award. I would like to thank him for his hard work, which has made a big difference to the lives of his neighbours and the community. It is very important to us that people like Brian get the recognition they deserve.
“There are four different categories in the CCG community star awards; good neighbour, green award, young people’s award and good idea award. If you know a tenant who deserves a Community Stars Award, call the Community Involvement Team on 0300 123 8084 or e-mail email@example.com”.
Brian Williams was presented the award by Gareth Roberts, CCG Community Warden for the Bangor area.
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) are celebrating the news of being named ‘Best Client’ at the NHMF Awards ceremony that were held last Tuesday at Birmingham.
The National Housing Maintenance Forum is a well-respected organisation that promotes best practice in housing Maintenance in the UK. CCG beat other, long-established, housing organisations throughout the UK to win this prestigious award, in a hotly contested category.
The award recognises the good work that has been achieved through CCG’s ambitious £136 million improvement programme.
Ian Atkinson, Director of Assets and Infrastructure at CCG said: "This award is a testament to how far we have come as an organisation. Over the last six years CCG has pumped more than £136 million into the economy to deliver our Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) improvement programme.
"We provide employment, training and new business opportunities as well as maximising community regeneration, creating a legacy for our tenants and the wider economy and communities we serve.
"It was always a priority for us to ensure that the local economy and local people could benefit from our WHQS investment programme. Creating our own model was not an easy task; however, the impact this has had on our customers, contractors and the communities we serve has been quite remarkable and I’m so proud of what we’ve achieved. I would like to congratulate our Assets team on this win, it is thoroughly deserved."
CCG received the recognition for the innovative model it developed for its £136 million Welsh Housing Quality Standard (WHQS) investment. A five-year programme to improve tenants’ homes and to ensure its 6,300 properties reach WHQS.
The Judges’ commented: "This carefully documented and externally audited project has brought work and training opportunities to the local area. The learning from the project will be used to improve existing homes and build new ones."
Work on Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s block of nine new flats in the Hirael area is nearing completion with tenants moving to their new homes next month.
The new development at William Street includes six two-bedroom flats and three one-bedroom flats. The new flats have been named Plas yr Wylan, following suggestions from the local community.
Families moving to the new homes were given an opportunity last week to see their new homes for the first time.
Molly and Robert Jones who currently live in a privately rented three-bedroom house will be moving into a two-bedroom flat at Plas yr Wylan. Robert said: "We are over the moon about the new flat. Downsizing to a smaller property will take a lot of financial pressure off.
"Molly is currently studying to be a nurse, and we have both been working several jobs just to keep a roof over our head.
"The new flat is very spacious and warm are can’t wait to move in and start decorating. We can’t thank CCG enough, it’s going to make a big difference to our lives."
The flats will be energy efficient built to Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 standards, as well as meeting the standards for Secure by Design and Life Time Homes.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: "As the larges housing association in north Wales, our main purpose is to provide people with affordable homes. We are currently investing over £1.5 million in two schemes to help regenerate the Hirael area.
"When the Plas yr Wylan scheme was approved, there were nearly 200 people in Bangor waiting for a one-bedroom flat and 140 people waiting for a two-bedroom flat. We are very proud to be playing our part in providing much needed housing for the people of Bangor and it was very rewarding to see the difference these new homes will make to the lives of the families.
"We will be building much more new homes in the future to ensure that we can continue to be a part of the solution in providing affordable and good quality housing to people who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home."
The scheme was funded by CCG and the Welsh Government’s smaller properties grant programme.
Plans by the largest housing association in North Wales to build 45 new homes on a former school site in Caernarfon have been given the green light.
Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s plans were approved yesterday by Gwynedd Council’s planning committee with outline planning permission granted.
CCG’s Assistant Director of Assets, Daniel Parry welcomed the decision: "This is very good news for us. As the largest housing association in north Wales it is important that we continue to provide quality affordable homes for local people.
"There is a high demand for affordable homes in Caernarfon with over 150 people on the current waiting list for 2 and 3 bedroom homes in the Hendre area of Caernarfon alone. This is a step in the right direction in being part of the solution in providing much needed housing for the people of Caernarfon.
"We will now be starting the procurement process with a view of partnering with housing developers. Hopefully a full planning application will then follow over the next 12 months which will enable the building work to begin shortly afterwards."
CCG hopes to develop the site to accommodate 45 units. These will be a mixture of properties including two, three and four bedrooms houses and bungalows. The types of units planned will reflect the need on the local housing register.
Arfon MP Hywel Williams also welcomed the decision: "I’m very pleased that this housing scheme has now been given the go-ahead. There is a real need in Caernarfon for new, high quality houses for local people.
"This site has been lying unused for far too long. Local people and local councillors have been pressing hard for something to be done.
"I’d like to pay tribute to all those involved in securing this much-needed scheme and I look forward to seeing the work begin."
A £2.3 million two-year scheme to improve north Wales’ largest housing associations homes is nearing completion. Under the scheme, 111 non-traditional Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) homes have been transformed.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: "As the largest housing association in North Wales, we aim to be a leading provider of quality affordable homes. That’s why this scheme is a big piece of work for us.
"Non-traditional homes are homes that were built in Gwynedd following the second world war as part of the ‘homes fit for heroes’ campaign, and were built using alternative building methods, a "prefab" approach. It’s great to see the difference this work has made to people’s lives" he added.
Following the war, there was a shortage of material and houses, resulting in houses being built quickly from material such as Swedish timber frame or trusteel steel frame.
The significant improvement work was carried out by Willmott Dixon, and included; external rendering, insulation, re-roofing, chimney works and more.
Under the £2.3milion scheme, 111 housed were transformed in the following areas across Gwynedd; Deiniolen, Llanberis, Garndolbenmaen, Llannor, Llanbedrog, Bangor. Brithdir, Dyffryn Ardudwy, Harlech, Y Bala, Tywyn and Aberdyfi.
Five of these 111 house were Swedish timber frame houses that were built in the 40ies at Maes Gwylfa, Deiniolen. We went to meet Mrs Beryl Griffiths to see the difference the work has made to her life:
"My home is wonderful, it’s nice and warm day and night. All my family and friends who come to visit tell me the house is like new. CCG staff and Willmott Dixon workers have done a brilliant job and I can’t thank them enough."
Mrs Griffiths, who is 101 years old has been a CCG tenant for nearly 70 years. She and her family are the only tenants to ever have lived at the house since 1948.
"My husband William Griffiths fought in the second war for 6 years, we were given the house when he returned. We are the first, and only people to have lived in this house.
"Before the work was carried out, the house was cold and draughty. I would have to use a lot of blankets in the winter to keep myself warm, now I only need one. I’m content and happy here, and enjoy listening to the radio and watching the soaps in a warm and comfortable home.
"Over the years a lot of people have asked me what’s the key to a long life. Well I say to them I drink a cup of boiling water every morning. And until I was 90 years old I walked every Sunday from Deiniolen to St. Helen’s Church, Penisarwaun. I would walk in all weather, rain or snow. I would never miss a service.
"This house has been a home to me and my family forever and I’m glad that CCG have invested in it for the future."
Patrols have been increased on a Bangor housing estate due to complaints about motorbikes being ridden irresponsibly.
Over recent weeks North Wales Police have had an increase in calls regarding off road bikes in the Maesgeirchen area and officers are working closely with housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Gwynedd County Council and community leaders to identify those
PCSO Michael Sambrook from the Safer Neighbourhood Team said: "We have increased patrols in the area to deter and detect further offences relating to the illegal use of motorcycles.
"It is illegal to ride a motor vehicle – be it a motorbike, quadbike, scrambler, mini moto etc on the public highway without insurance – this covers streets, roads, pavements, footpaths and adopted walkways. The only place where off-road vehicles can be lawfully ridden is private land with the direct permission of the land owner or at an organised and supervised off-road centre.
"Breaking the law can have serious consequences – you can not only run teh risk of seriously injuring yourself or others, but you also risk having your vehicle seized and receiving a heavy fine."
Police have the power to seize bikes and cars which are used in a way which causes harassment, alarm or distress. A warning is given first but if that fails to be effective and the vehicle is used in an anti-social manner again, it will be seized under Section 59 of the Police Reform Act. Vehicles can also be seized if the rider is not insured or has no road tax.
PCSO Sambrook added: "We would like to thank members of the community who have already contacted us regarding these issues. We are also urging anybody who witnesses the illegal use of motorcycles or quad bikes in the area to contact us. Please try to include as much detail as possible to assist us and the local authority to take appropriate action."
Geraint Jones, Neighbourhood Service Manager, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd said: We are proud of our relationship with North Wales Police when it comes to tackling anti-social behaviour, and we do all that we can to support their investigations.
"Tenants who are convicted for a criminal offence, could face further civil action from CCG in respect of their tenancy. In some cases, there may not even be a conviction, as we can act upon evidence if the behaviour causes nuisance."
Anybody with information is asked to contact North Wales Police on 101 or via the live web chat, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. In an emergency always dial 999.
Following months of research and consultation with tenants and staff, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) will be opening a new office at Parc Penamser, Porthmadog at the end of January.
Staff from the Pwllheli office and Penrhyn depo will be relocated to two new units (A6 and A7) at Porthmadog at the end of the month.
CCG will still have a presence in Pwllheli, which means greater support for the housing association’s tenants in the Dwyfor area. It is also hoped that the larger office at Porthmadog will offer more employment opportunities in the region.
The new satellite office at Pwllheli will be located at Canolfan Felin Fach, Penlan Street, and will offer appointments five days a week.
Sion Hughes, Business Transformation Manager at CCG said: "As part of our business transformation project we are reviewing the way we work and the services we offer our tenants. This includes looking at the location of our offices across the county.
"Opening a new office at Porthmadog is a very positive step for us, and we welcome the move as a business. The new office will be open to tenants who want face to face service, and it is a very comfortable environment for them to call in and see us. We look forward to the new office opening this month."
Housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s development of 12 new houses at Wenallt Uchaf, Dolgellau is nearing completion.
The new houses will be a mixture of two and three bedroom homes and will be available on social rent Easter 2017.
A drop-in session will be held at CCG’s office, Ffordd Arran, Dolgellau on Tuesday 10 January between 1pm – 4pm. Staff will be on hand to offer advice about how to register your details on the housing register and to help people fill in an application form on the day.
The new houses are being built by Gareth Morris Construction from Llangollen and will be energy efficient, built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, as well as meeting the standards for Secure by Design and Life Time Homes.
CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “This is our first new build project in the Meirionnydd area, and I’m glad to see the work progressing so well. I would encourage anyone who is interested in renting one of these houses to come and see us at our Dolgellau office.
“Continuing to provide affordable and good quality social housing to locals who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home is a priority for us as one of the largest housing associations in North Wales.”
An officer from Gwynedd Council’s housing options team will be present as well as CCG’s development officer who can share information about the work.
For more information contact CCG on 0300 123 8084.