News

September

Junior Wardens Bala Junior Wardens Groeslon

Gaining valuable experiences over the Summer

10.09.18

16 young people from Groeslon and Y Bala 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 is a unique scheme that gives children the opportunity to work alongside CCG’s Community Housing Officers 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 ninth year, has seen nearly 140 children participating from areas across the county.

Sarah Schofield, Director of Customers and Communities at CCG said: “Our junior warden 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 to inspire them to think about their communities.

“Last year we calculated that for each £1 invested in our Junior Warden Scheme, it generated £54 worth of social value such as improved confidence, volunteering opportunities and wellbeing of those who took part.

“As well as working with different partners, the Junior Wardens have been working with our Community Housing Officers 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. We are really proud to be offering Gwynedd youngsters this opportunity each year.”

The group of year five and six pupils from Y Bala and Groeslon spent at least two days a week with CCG’s Community Housing Officers. Activities included; a day with North Wales Fire Service and North Wales Police, a tour of the air ambulance service, team building sessions, estate clean ups 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.

Ethical Suppliers Event Poster

Ethical Suppliers Event

05/09/18

The environments within which businesses are operating are changing. Customers are becoming increasingly socially conscious, and as supply chains become more complex organisations are having to adapt their business models to ensure ethical sourcing throughout their supply chain.
In response to this important issue, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd are hosting an event in association with Gwynedd Council, Anglesey Council, Bangor University and Grwp Llandrillo Menai on Wednesday 3 October 2018.

The event will be held at:
Menai Science Park,
Gaerwen,
Anglesey,
LL60 6AR

from 10am until 2pm (a light buffet lunch will be provided).

The event will be focussed on Ethical & Sustainable Procurement and Social Value, and we have arranged a host of fantastic speakers for the event from:

  • Welsh Government
  • Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA)
  • Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation (YPO)

The aim of the event will be:

  • To provide information on Welsh Government’s Code of Practice – Ethical Employment in Supply Chainsand GLAA’s Construction Protocol
  • To promote and support ethical and sustainable supply chains;
  • To promote the social value that buyers and suppliers can deliver through good, collaborative procurement.

This promises to be a really interesting and thought-provoking event, and will help you to identify, understand and address potential opportunities and risks within your organisation and your supply chains.

Spaces are extremely limited and are currently restricted to a maximum of 2 representatives from each organisation on a first come first serve basis, therefore please RSVP by Monday 17 September 2018 to caffael@ccgwynedd.org.uk

We very much look forward to seeing you at the event.


August 2018

Penmorfa Tywyn Penmorfa Tywyn Visit

Tywyn families open their door to local politicians

21/08/2018

Five families are settling in well in their new homes at Penmorfa, Tywyn following completion of five new houses by the largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG).

The £730,000 scheme of five two-bedroom houses have been built by Tywyn-based Chesworth Brothers. 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.

CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “I’m so pleased to see these new homes being completed to such a high standard, providing comfortable, spacious and above all, affordable homes for Tywyn families.

“We contracted a local company from Tywyn for the build, ensuring that the spend was kept locally within the area, delivering several economic and community benefits.

“It’s important that we continue to build in these rural areas, providing affordable and good quality social housing to people in areas that they want to live. We currently have another scheme on site at the former NHS site in Tywyn and we are hoping to gain successful planning approval to start another development at Aberdyfi early next year. In partnership with Welsh Government the three schemes represent approximately £3.5m investment in much needed affordable homes in the South Gwynedd area.”

Local MP, Liz Saville Roberts visited the scheme earlier this week along with members of Tywyn Town Council. They viewed the new houses and met some of the families who are settling well.

Liz Saville Roberts, MP for Dwyfor-Meirionnydd said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the first tenants to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd’s new affordable housing development at Penmorfa, Tywyn.

“There is a 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 houses are an excellent example.

I wish the tenants all the best in their new homes and pay tribute to all those involved in making this scheme possible.”

The £730,000 scheme was funded by CCG and the Welsh Government.

July 2018

New developments get underway

04/06/2018

Work has started by the largest housing association in north Wales Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) on building a total of 28 new homes at Tywyn, Criccieth and Penrhyndeudraeth.

The schemes, which are a combined investment of £3milion got underway last month. Contractor Williams Homes from Y Bala are building the 10 houses at Waun Helyg Criccieth and the 12 dwellings at the former NHS site at Tywyn.

Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive said: “It’s great to see the work starting at these sites. We have an exciting and ambitious development programme in place and we aim to build 500 homes over the next 5 years.

“Continuing to provide affordable and good quality housing for people who would otherwise face difficulties in securing a home is a priority for us and these new homes will help meet the increasing demand in these areas.

“We are also very pleased to be working with two local companies, Williams Homes and Brenig Construction Ltd on these developments which will ensure that the investment is retained locally within the county and will bring a number of wider economic benefits to the areas.”

The 10 houses being built at Criccieth are a mixture of two and three bedroom homes, with four two bedroom homes and eight flats designated for people over 55 years old being built at Tywyn.

Owain Williams Director Williams Homes added: “We are proud to be building these properties 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 Dwyfor and Meirionnydd residents.

“As a local company, we have a policy of using Welsh products and companies where we can, we don’t just employ people because they are the cheapest, they must fit our supplier / sub-contractor profile which takes into account all kinds of other aspects, from local employment and travel distance to using local products and suppliers. We are also very proud and passionate about the timber we use, and we will be using Welsh timber where possible on these two schemes.”

A further 6 homes are being built at Penrhyndeudraeth by Brenig Construction Ltd from Colwyn Bay in a package deal agreement. These homes are a mixture of two and three bedroom houses and will be available on social rent.

All three schemes are being funded by CCG and the Welsh Government and are due for completion in February / March 2019.

If you are interested in the new homes, please register your details with Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team by calling 01286 685100.

May 2018

Data Protection (GDPR) Privacy Notice

25/05/2018

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) is a controller of personal information for the purposes of the General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’).

Details of how we use your information, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access the information we hold on you, can be found in our Privacy Notice.

The privacy notice tells you what to expect when CCG processes your personal information, the principles behind the new GDPR Act, how we control and manage your data so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data. We keep our privacy notice under regular review and will place any updates on our website; you will be notified of any major changes to this policy.

For further information on how to request your personal information and how and why we process your information, you can contact us using the details below:

Data Protection Officer, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, PO Box 206, Bangor, Gwynedd, LL57 9DS

0300 123 8084 / GDPR@ccgwynedd.org.uk

The Information Commissioner (ICO) is also a source of further information about your data protection rights. The ICO is an independent official body, and one of their primary functions is to administer the provisions of the GDPR.

You have the right to complain to the ICO if you think we have breached the GDPR. You can contact the ICO at:

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

0303 123 1113 / http://www.ico.org.uk/

New affordable homes register to help people secure their dream home

18/05/2018

Would-be homeowners and tenants in North Wales and Powys are being urged to join a new online affordable housing register to increase their chances of securing their dream home.

The Tai Teg register has been launched in a partnership between the region’s housing associations, local authorities, and the National Park Authority to simplify how people apply for an affordable home.

A number of schemes are available for those in employment and earning between £16,000 and £45,000, with some options catering for those earning up to £60,000.

Grŵp Cynefin is leading the project. In addition to Grŵp Cynefin, partners include The Snowdonia National Park Authority, as well as seven local authorities: Conwy County Borough Council, Denbighshire County Council, Flintshire County Council, Gwynedd Council, Powys County Council, Wrexham County Council, and Isle of Anglesey County Council.

The other associations involved are Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Pennaf Housing Group, North Wales Housing, Wales & West Housing, and Cartrefi Conwy.

An affordable home is one that is provided at less than market value, either for rent or purchase. Tai Teg does not include social housing, with people advised to continue to access the relevant council housing register in their area.

Grŵp Cynefin chief executive Shan Lloyd Williams said: “Tai Teg will streamline the process of registering for and securing an affordable home in North Wales and Powys.

“I urge individuals who are seeking to rent or purchase an affordable home to sign up. Even if you have registered in the past, you must re-register but your original registration date will remain.

“A number of innovative schemes are available that will help people get onto the property ladder or secure a rented home. Interested parties can also find out more about the criteria and available properties on a dedicated website for Tai Teg.

“We would also like to speak to developers about how affordable homes can play an important role for them on their individual sites.”

The register will be used to comment on planning applications and support local authorities and housing associations to plan for future developments.

To find out more and register interest in a home, visit www.taiteg.org.uk.

Growing Business relationships to promote housing solutions in north Wales

15/05/2018

The largest housing association in north Wales Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) held a successful event in partnership with Development Bank of Wales last week giving small and medium businesses an opportunity to learn about future partnership development opportunities.

CCG are aiming to build 500 new homes over the next five years, and are keen to work with local business on these exciting opportunities.

The event, which was held at the Celtic Royal Hotel, Caernarfon, gave businesses an opportunity to learn about CCG’s future development plans and technical requirements, learn about the financial support that is available, such as loans, and learn about the public procurement process.

Ffrancon Williams, CCG’s Chief Executive said: “We have an ambitious and exciting development programme in place which requires working in partnership with many local companies to deliver high quality affordable housing for the people of north Wales.

“It was great to see so many companies at the event, and it goes to show that there is a real interest and eagerness out there to develop and progress with these schemes.

“To date we have built and acquired 112 houses and we are very proud of our track record, with our development Wenallt Uchaf at Dolgellau receiving special recognitions at the CIH Tai awards last year in the best affordable housing category. We are determined to play our part in helping the Welsh Government reach their target of building 20,000 affordable homes over the term of this government and to provide much needed housing of high quality standard to our customers.

“The message for the evening that the business took away with them was that we are here for the long term and we are here to support the local economy – come and talk to us about any partnership development opportunities.”

The Development Bank of Wales has a £40 million property fund to support development projects in Wales.

Mark Morgan and Claire Sedgwick Property Development Executives at the development bank who attended the event added: “We were delighted to have been invited to this event. It was a great opportunity for us to showcase our work and to promote what we can offer to the property sector in North Wales.

“We can provide development loans from £150,000 to £4 million for residential, mixed use and commercial developments. Perhaps the most attractive element of our funding is the

If you were unable to attend the event and are a company planning on building new homes in the next five years, CCG would be interested in hearing from you. Contact CCG on 0300 123 8084 or caffael@ccgwynedd.org.uk.

Iwan wins apprentice of the year title

03/05/2018

Gwilym Iwan Jones, a 22-year-old multiskilled apprentice who works for the largest housing association in north Wales Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has been named apprentice of the year at the CIH Cymru awards.

Iwan, who is from Tywyn has been working for CCG since September 2015, whilst studying for a multiskilled qualification at Grwp Llandrillo Menai’s Coleg Llandrillo.

The judges recognised his hard work, drive and dedication as well as his skills and positive outlook on life.

Elgan Evans, Iwan’s working supervisor at CCG said: “Iwan really takes pride in his work and is obviously passionate about what he does. This is reflected in the great standard of work he produces.

“It’s been a pleasure to see Iwan develop and mature into a polite young man and an excellent worker over the last year and it was great to see his work being recognised on a national stage. Everyone at CCG are really happy for him and proud of what he has achieved.”

The Level 3 multi skill qualification was a brand-new qualification developed by CCG, CITB, Grwp Llandrillo Menai and NPT Homes in 2015. The aim of course is to develop practical skills across several trades. It also allows students to concentrate on specific modules and can be tailored to the needs of the employer.

Work based Assessor Daryl Baxter said: “Iwan was one of the first students recruited on to the multiskilled apprenticeship programme, he joined straight from school and has proved to be an excellent student. He rarely takes time off, works exceptionally hard and is now a valued member of the team at CCG.

“We are very proud of the partnership that’s developed between the college and CCG since 2015, we look forward to working with many more apprentices to help them develop, gain skills and employment locally just as Iwan has done, we are very proud of him.”

Iwan is now in his final year as an apprentice, and has gained experience in a variety of areas, from joinery to pluming and plastering. He hopes to qualify in June and work as a full time operative.

CCG has an exciting and ambitious training and development programme which offers young people a range of opportunities such as graduate schemes, apprenticeships with training provided by Grwp Llandrillo Menai, long term and short term work placements.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities CCG have on offer visit our website www.ccgwynedd.org, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

April 2018

Tackling modern slavery

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Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has joined forces with partners to raise awareness amongst staff of modern slavery.

Over 40 of the housing association’s officers from senior management level to front line staff received training earlier this week from Unseen, a leading UK charity who work directly with survivors of modern slavery and trafficking. The training was also supported by North Wales Police and Dr Sue Hurrell from the Welsh Government.

Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive said: “We are a housing association with a social heart and are proud to be working with partners to play our part in tackling modern slavery issues. Unfortunately, this is an issue that is on the increase and being seen locally. Several of our officers’ work in the community every day and hopefully following the training, they are now in a strong position to help spot the signs and support victims.”

CCG was the first housing association to sign up to the Welsh Government’s code of practice – Ethical Employment in Supply Chains, and have taken a leading and proactive role. The training gave officers a greater knowledge of human trafficking and slavery and how to correctly identify and spot the signs of potential exploitation and learn how to support those who have been trafficked.

Gemma Davis, Training Coordinator at Unseen charity added: “At Unseen we are working towards a world without slavery. We work in partnership with communities, business, governments and other organisations to stamp out slavery for good.

“Our training is aimed at professionals whose work may bring them into contact with potentially trafficked persons or those who have the potential to be trafficked, enslaved and exploited. It was great to spend a day at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd giving staff the tools they need to help work towards a world without slavery.”

If you believe a person is being trafficked and is in immediate danger, call 999 straight away. You can also report suspicions of trafficking by calling 101 or visiting your local police station.

The 24/7 Modern Slavery Helpline offers information and advice. Potential victims, statutory agencies, frontline professionals, businesses and members of the public can call 08000 121 700 for specialist support and guidance.

March 2018

CG take on first female apprentice

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We have a repairs and maintenance workforce of about 70, and their latest recruits is 17-year-old Zoe Adamkiewicz from Anglesey and 18-year-old Ifan Gwynn from Cwm y Glo.

Ifan and Zoe are studying electrical installation Level 2 at Coleg Menai Bangor, a four-year course to become qualified electricians. Zoe is the first female apprentice to join CCG’s repair and maintenance workforce and the only female studying the course at Coleg Menai.

Zoe said: “I’ve always wanted to work with tools and I enjoy being outside on site. I was a bit nervous about stating at college and on my placement as I knew I’d be the only girl but I soon realised that I could do everything just as well as the boys.

“Ifan and I are the only students in our class who have a work placement this year, and I think it’s giving us a great opportunity to learn and develop. It has helped me confirm that this is definitely the right career path for me.”

This is the first-time CCG have taken on first year apprentices who spend a day a week gaining work experience with qualified electricians. This is valuable work experience that prepares them for their full-time apprenticeship next year.

Llyr ap Gruffydd, CCG’s Business Support and Training Officer said: “We have an exciting and ambitious training and development programme here at CCG which enables us to offer young people a range of opportunities. Our building experience career development programme can offer opportunities such as graduate schemes, apprenticeships, long term and short term work placements.

“It’s great to see Zoe and Ifan settling in well and enjoying their experience. We hope we can offer more opportunities like this in the future across the wide range of career paths the housing sector has to offer.”

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities CCG have on offer visit our website www.ccgwynedd.org.uk, like our Facebook page and follow us on Twitter.

Local company help local centre

23/03/2018

Local company W F Clayton are building five houses new houses at Y Garreg, Groeslon on behalf of CCG. As part of this work, they have complete a week of work for free at the local community centre, repairing and improving the building as a community benefit.

The work included treating dry rot, re-plastering two rooms, painting and installing new door frames and skirting boards.

Alun Wyn Jones, Chair of the Centre’s committee said: “We as a Committee really appreciate the excellent work that has recently been completed by W F Clayton. We were very fortunate to be able to make the most of the community benefit on offer through Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd’s scheme to build five houses at Y Garreg, Groeslon.

“The hall is an important asset in the village and is used by a number of community groups such as Cylch Meithrin Groeslon (playgroup) and the dance and bowling club. A lot of residents will benefit from this improvement work. We are very grateful to W F Clayton and Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd.”

CCG’s Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams added: “It’s great to see our contractors giving something back to the community, and as a housing association with a big community heart we always do what we can to ensure that communities benefit from our work, not only through the new housing we provide.

“W F Clayton have gone beyond our requirements and have given hours of free labour and worth hundreds of pounds of material to improve the centre which is obvious at the heart of the community at Groeslon. I congratulate them on this and I’m very pleased with what they have achieved.”

The scheme to build five new houses at Y Garreg, Groeslon is a £700,000 investment funded by CCG and Welsh Government grant. It is expected that the houses will be completed in June 2018.

Going Digital

21/03/2018

Antur Aelhaearn a co-operative company which was established back in 1974, is aiming to bring the village of Llanaelhaearn into the digital age, thanks to a grant of £1,000 from our Community Investment Fund.

They will use the grant to digitalise all the paperwork, minutes, correspondence and photographs for all the local groups and organisations in Llanaelhaearn, including the local school and the church. All the information will be uploaded onto the website – Llanaelhaearn.com, with the paperwork archived in Caernarfon.

Lynda Cox, Antur’s Secretary said: “We feel that we have to move with the times and protect the history of the village and the memories of its residents, before they disappear and are lost forever. We are very grateful to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd for their support.”

Information about the end of the Right to Buy & Right to Acquire in Wales

Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018

06/03/2018

Your right as a CCG tenant to buy or acquire your home will end on 26 January 2019. This is because of a new law introduced in Wales called the Abolition of the Right to Buy and Associated Rights (Wales) Act 2018.

However, the Right to Buy, the Right to Acquire and Preserved Right to Buy will end on the 24 March 2018 for ‘new homes’ – which is a property that has not been let as social housing for the six months before 24 March 2018 (e.g. new build property).

These changes – that may affect you – is explained in the Information about the end of the Right to Buy & Right to Acquire in Wales booklet (click here for alternative large print, easy read or a number of other languages from the Welsh Government website). This is a guide explaining what you need to know about the end of the Right to Buy and the Right to Acquire and what you should do if you are thinking about applying to buy your home from us.

This booklet does not give legal advice – you should seek legal advice if you want to buy your home before the abolition date comes into force and your rights are abolished.

The end of the Right to Buy and Right to Acquire will not affect your tenancy in any other way. For more information about the Right to Buy click here.

Tenants get skilled-up

05/03/2018

Six CCG tenants have successfully completed a Tenant Board Academy and are awaiting results for their Level 2 Accreditation ‘Preparing for Board’ through Agoriad Cymru.

All CCG tenants were encouraged to put their names forward in a campaign to recruit new tenant Board members last year.

CCG’s board is made up of twelve members; four tenants, four councillors and four independent experts. The Board are responsible for setting the priorities and strategic direction for CCG.
In the past, CCG have experienced difficulties in recruiting tenant board members, but following a successful campaign, six tenants put their names forward.

A Tenant Board Academy was set-up offering three days of training to the six to prepare them for the Board assessment. The training gave them an opportunity to learn more about the role and responsibility of being a board member.

Mark Jones, Chair of CCG’s Board said: “I am extremely pleased with the result of the Tenant Board Academy. It's been a great pleasure to be able to offer the opportunity for tenants who are interested in becoming tenant Board members to complete a Level 2 accredited qualification. It's also great news for CCG that six tenants put their names forward, and also completed the three-day course.

“Following the academy, two tenants have been recommended for Board which is a great result for CCG. I’d like to thank all six tenants for their dedication and commitment. It’s very important that tenant’s views are represented on the Board, and this investment to developing our tenants shows CCG’s commitment to ensuring that tenant’s views are always heard.”

February 2018

Bangor families move in to their new homes

27/02/2018

The largest housing association in North Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) has recently welcomed six new families to their new homes at Porth Penrhyn, Bangor.

The Plas y Coed development, a package deal with Watkin Jones Homes, meant that 10 out of the 51 homes built by Watkin Jones Homes would be transferred to CCG once the building work is completed.

Four two-bedroom houses and two three-bedroom houses were completed last month and keys were handed to the new tenants.

Ffrancon Williams, CCG’s Chief Executive, said: “I’m very pleased to see these new homes being completed to such a high standard. They are going to provide much needed affordable homes for Bangor families. It has been great working in partnership with Watkin Jones Homes on this development and we look forward to working with them on other opportunities in the future.

“As CCG continues to grow 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 10 affordable houses bought by CCG have been funded by £720,000 of Welsh Government social housing grant and £520,000 of private finance through CCG.

Rachel Davies and her two young children are one of the local families who have recently moved in: “I was in tears when I got the offer letter, I had to read if four times just to believe it. The house is perfect for us, it has a large garden, it’s quite and enclosed and I feel that my children can play safely here.

“We were previously living in temporary accommodation after the owner of our private let decided to sell the house. We have moved over ten times in the last eight years, so I really hope this house can be a forever home for my family.

“It meant the world to me getting this house, it’s my kids future and I couldn’t be happier.”

A further four one-bedroom flats are expected to be completed by May.

Charity golf day held for Macmillan

12/02/2018

Over 60 members of staff, contractors and suppliers of Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) came together last year to compete in a charity golf tournament at Henllys Hall, Beaumaris golf club, raising £2,400 for Macmillan.

The tournament was jointly arranged by our main materials supplier Travis Perkins Managed Services. Many of our other contractors and suppliers supported the event, including; Wates, ASM, W F Clayton, A+D Environmental, Aspect heating, Valor, Mira, Weber, Stelrad, Falconers, SBS, A Dever, Worcester, Procare, Supreme Concrete, Wakemas, Seddon, Dinas, Owen & Palmer.

CCG’s Commercial Operations Manager, Paul Painter said: “The tournament was a great opportunity for staff, contractors and suppliers to come together to raise money for charity and to have some fun. This is the fourth time we’ve held the tournament and it is great to see it growing from year to year.”

Hughie Owen, Project Manager from Travis Perkins Managed Services added: “We are proud to arrange this tournament in partnership with CCG every year, and it is part of the community benefits we as a contractor deliver. It’s great to support such an important charity as Macmillan who fund services on a local and national level to provide support to people with cancer. I’d like to thank everyone that was involved in making the day such a success. I’d like to especially thank Beaumaris Golf Club and all the individuals that helped on the day.”

Eleri Brady from Macmillan received the cheque from CCG and Travis Perkins this week. She said: “I was delighted to receive this donation on behalf of Macmillan. Money raised from the golf day will be used to help local people affected by cancer. None of the work we do locally would be possible without the generous support of local events like this. I would like to thank CCG and Travis Perkins for organising the event.”

December 2017

Dolgellau development Highly Commended

20/12/2017

We have recently received high praise at the Welsh Housing Awards in the new development category.

Wenallt Uchaf, a development of 12 houses situated above the town of Dolgellau was highly commended by the judges at the CIH Awards, which saw three developments being shortlisted.

The development which is a mixture of two and three bedroom homes was completed earlier this year and let to local residents on social rent to help meet the demand for affordable homes in the area.

Ian Atkinson, Director of Assets and Infrastructure at CCG said: “I’m so pleased that these fantastic properties have gained recognition as being one of the best new developments in Wales this year. We knew from the outset that these homes were going to be very special. It’s a development that we, the residents, the local community of Dolgellau and all stakeholders involved are extremely proud of.

“In terms of building new homes, it’s very encouraging to gain recognition at this National level. CCG will also be undertaking further exciting developments in north Wales as we aim to build and acquire 300 properties over the next three years.

“I’m very proud of everyone involved in this scheme, from CCG staff to GMC the contractors that worked with us on this development, Cadarn the engineers and Dewis the architects.”

The judges recognised the development for its breath-taking design and location, for the partnership working with Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) and with Gywnedd Council and for the training and employment opportunities and community benefits that were generated from the development. Most of all it was commended for the difference these homes are already making to the lives of the families living there.

The scheme was funded by CCG and the Welsh Government’s Housing development programme.

CCG gives the gift of Christmas

15/12/2017

We have proudly worked with two local charities to ensure that all children in Gwynedd receive a Christmas gift this year.

Staff donated over 150 gifts, including four brand new bikes and pyjamas that were kindly donated by local business Aykroyds & Sons. The gifts have been shared between two local charities; Women’s Aid and Gorwel and will be distributed to the families who use their services.

Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “The idea of collecting Christmas gifts for families in Gwynedd came from a member of staff, and I’m really pleased to see staff using their initiative and eager to help the communities we as a social landlord serve. Staff pulled together to make the relevant arrangements and I’m so proud to see such generosity from staff towards those who are most in need at this time of year.

“I hope these gifts will put a smile on the faces of many children in Gwynedd and make Christmas that littles bit easier for their families.”

Ruth Crump from Aykroyds & Sons, who donated 300 pairs of pyjamas added: “We realise that Christmas can be a difficult time for some families, and we are really pleased that we have been able to support CCG’s campaign of distributing gifts to families in Gwynedd who are in need this Christmas.”

Jamie Crank who works at Bangor and District Women’s Aid said: “On behalf of the women and children that we support, would like to say thank Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd and Aykroyds & Sons for the support and donations that have kindly given.

“These gifts will help many families in need at this difficult time of year and the generosity and community support is very much appreciated.”

Early Christmas presents for Ysgol Hafod Lon

06/12/207

We are delighted to have donated four new bikes to Ysgol Hafod Lon, Penrhyndeudraeth.

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.”


Injunction order granted on Bangor property

04/12/2017

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.

November 2017

Good work recognised by the RSPCA

30/11/2017

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."

Branching out to Denbighshire

22/11/2017

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.”


An exciting opportunity for Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd tenants

21/11/2017

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 governance@ccgwynedd.org.uk

October 2017

New kit for Cae Glyn utd FC

24/10/2017

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.

A complete transformation for Hirael flats

16/10/2017

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.”

Improving our services for Bala and Barmouth tenants

05/10/2017

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.

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