News

February 2018

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.

September 2017

Upskilling the workforce

29/09/2017

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.

Gaining valuable experiences over the summer

08/09/2017

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.

August 2017

CCG staff raise money for charity

31/08/2017

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

New sponsor for Gwynedd Football League

14/08/2017

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!”

New houses for Groeslon

10/08/2017

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.


July 2017

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd at the National Eisteddfod

26/07/2017

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.

Finance team highly commended

18/07/2017

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.”

Llys Buddug, Caernarfon

16/07/2017

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.

Encouraging our tenants to recycle

13/07/2017

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.”

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