News

August 2019

Community Investment Fund – Neuadd Goffa Mynydd Landygai


Mynydd Llandygai Memorial Hall recently received funding through CCG’s Community Investment Fund to purchase a CCTV system to fit outside the Hall.

Mynydd Llandygai provides a valuable resource for the community, a number of community events i. e History society, Zumba fitness classes, parent and child classes and many more acitivites.

This is what Karen who is a member of the memorial hall’s committee had to say about the grant received:

“Thank you so much CCG for the grant towards our project. As a small community it's hard to know where to start to find funding towards a community venture. We decided to ask for funding towards a CCTV system as our small village Hall was being frequently targeted by vandals. Having received the grant, and installed the system, even though it's still early days, we haven't had any problems and the cameras seem to be an excellent deterrant. As the system can be accessed through mobile phones, we can check on the building anytime of day knowing our Hall and its users are safe and that in the event of any incident we have evidence for the Police if need be."

The closing date for the next round is October the 15th, we encourage any group who are looking for funding towards a Community project to complete an application form. If you have any ideas for a project or want more information about the Investment Fund, you are welcome to get in touch with the Community Involvement Team by sending an email to Community@ccgwynedd.org.uk or by calling 0300 123 8084.


16 young people from Pwllheli and Bangor 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, running since 2010, has seen over 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 their communities and the jobs they might like to do when they leave school. The aim of the scheme is to give the Junior Wardens as many different experiences as possible and inspire them to think about their communities.

“As well as working with the Police, Fire, Ambulance and Court Services, the Junior Wardens have been working with our teams and taking part in litter picks on the estates. 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 offer Gwynedd youngsters this opportunity every year.”

The group of year five pupils from Pwllheli and Bangor spent one day 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, fitness and safety on the water sessions in Plas Heli Pwllheli, visiting the Solar Panels in Plas Newydd, visiting a farm making Glasu ice cream in Edern, a day with ‘Wild Elements’, 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.

Hope Roberts, Bangor said: “I had trouble sleeping the night before as I was so excited.”

Rebeca Roberts, one of the Junior Wardens parents added: “I feel that this scheme is a great idea, everyone enjoyed themselves and Efa is sad to see the scheme come to an end.”

PHOTOGRAPHS

1. Bangor Junior Wardens with Gareth Roberts CCG Community Housing Officer and PCSO Manon Roberts (from left to right) Toby Hogan, Maddie Edwards, Carter Scahill, Cian Wyn Owen, Hope Roberts, Jamie Williams, Sophie Perry, Tiago Joaquim

2. Pwllheli Junior Wardens with John Glyn CCG Community Housing officer (from left to right) Callum Finnie, Seren Ynyr Roberts, Jessica Richardson, Akira Taylor–Hood, Megan Bryant, Jasmine Riddell, Efa Thomas, Ifan Rhys).

Providing affordable homes for rural communities

We have joined forces with local contractor R L Davies to build 9 affordable homes at Clwt y Bont.

The £1.6 million-pound scheme will provide much needed 9 affordable social rented homes for Clwt y Bont and the surrounding area.

The properties are a mixture of six 2-bedroom houses and two 3-bedroom houses. A specially adapted bungalow will also be built to meet the needs of a local family.

Daniel Parry, Assistant Director of Assets at CCG said: “We are very proud to be working with R L Davies on this development in an area where demand is extremely high. They are a local and experienced firm based at Colwyn Bay who will deliver many economic benefits to the area through this exciting scheme, including job and training opportunities.

“As a progressive and growing organisation, we are aiming to build 550 new homes across North Wales by 2022. As we continue to strengthen our relationship with contractors and developers we aim to meet the housing needs and provide people with affordable quality homes in their local communities.”

Delyth Davies from R L Davies added: “We at RLD are delighted to be appointed as main contractor by CCG to construct these 9 affordable homes at Clwt y Bont. These new affordable properties, which will include a special needs bungalow for a local family, will be a great asset for the community and will assist CCG in reaching their vision to provide 550 new affordable homes to those in housing need by 2022.

“Our community is important to us as a company and we look forward to being able to offer work packages to local companies, local employment as well as work experience and work placement while promoting the Welsh language throughout.”

It is anticipated that the houses will be ready to let in autumn 2020. If you are interested renting one of these homes from CCG, register your interest with Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100 or opsiynautai@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

The scheme is being funded through Welsh Government grant and private finance through CCG.

July 2019

Dinas Mawddwy

Woodland gifted to local community organisation

A local community organisation in Dinas Mawddwy have taken on the ownership and development of a woodland in the centre of their village.

The woodland was previously owned by housing association Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), who gifted it free of charge to Cwmni Nod Glas as part of their land disposal strategy.

Cwmni Nod Glas cyf is a social enterprise, with the aims of making the Mawddwy community more sustainable.

The woodland forms part of the old estate called Y Plas, a mansion that was completed in 1872, but demolished in the '60's. There are still some remains of the old walled garden on site and a small avenue of Yew trees.

Chair Elwyn Jones said: “Our intention for the woodland is to give local people the opportunity to have their say as what can make it a more pleasant place; a place where projects can be undertaken if that is what the interest is and to manage it so it can benefit all who use it.”

Ffrancon Williams, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Chief Executive added: “We are always keen to form new partnerships and to work with community organisations for the benefit of the communities we serve. The environment, culture and wellbeing are all key themes of our new corporate plan and I’m confident that Cwmni Nod Glas use of the land will deliver many of these benefits.”

Now that the site has been secured for the community Cwmni Nod Glas (CNG) will be holding a series of consultations in the village and an event in the woodland over the next couple of months in order to understand what the local residents would like to do. After all responses have been collated, an action plan will be created, and the long-term goal is that a group of residents will help to achieve the plan with support from other organisations.

Arfon Hughes CNG Secretary said: “The process has taken a while to complete, but we are grateful to Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd for the opportunity to secure this fantastic community resource for all residents now and in the future.”

Liz Mutch, a development officer with community woodland organisation Llais y Goedwig added: “A community asset transfer of a woodland is a relatively new concept in Wales. Llais y Goedwig will be producing a case study of this project so that other organisations and community groups can learn from this process.”

Partnership AGM Come and join our Tenant and Residents Partnership

Our Tenant and Residents AGM was held at Galeri, Caernarfon on 27 June. Our Partnership ensure that the opinion of tenants and residents are heard and considered when making decisions about the services we offer our customers.

The Partnership have had a busy year working with us on a number of important projects:

  • The new website that will be launched in October
  • The re-brand project
  • Our Corporate Plan for 2019 – 2022
  • Our researchable repairs policy
  • Review our Customer Participation Framework to ensure our customers can influence the Services you receive.

All our tenants and residents are welcome to join the Partnership, the meetings are held across the county, and we reimburse travel costs, can arrange taxis and provide a lunch and can cover child care costs to enable you to attend meetings.

The Partnership meetings gives people an opportunity to shape the services you received, as well as on opportunity to learn about the company and future plans.

If you would like to know more about the Partnership’s work, or if you would like to attend our meeting, contact our Community Involvement Team for a chat: cymunedol@ccgwynedd.org.uk

May 2019

Ambiwlans Awyr Raising £1,500 for Wales Air Ambulance

We've raised nearly £1,500 for our charity of the year, Wales Air Ambulance.

Wales Air Ambulance was chosen by staff members as their charity for 2018/19. The £1,500 was raised through various actives, including a bonus ball scheme, a summer exercise challenge and donations form contractors working on our schemes.

Wales Air Ambulance Fundraising Manager, Lynne Garlick said: “We would like to say a very special thank you to all the staff at CCG for their generous donation. Each year, we have to raise £6.5 million to sustain this lifesaving service. It’s only through the kindness of the people of Wales that we are able to continue saving lives 365 days a year. With each mission costing on average £1,500 every donation really does make a difference. Thank you for supporting us.”

Delyth Williams, our Assistant Director for People Services added: “We are very proud to support such a worthy charity as Wales Air Ambulance, and we are delighted that our staff, their friends and family have raised this money for the charity.

“The decision to support Wales Air Ambulance was made by our staff who vote for the charity they wish to support each year. The charity was chosen because it delivers such a vital service, especially in rural areas like Gwynedd, and many staff members have experienced the service first hand or through friends and family. Staff came together to come up with fundraising ideas, and I’m proud of their efforts.”

Local children’s cancer charity, Gafael Llaw have been chosen by our staff for 2019/2020.

April 2019

Tai Steshon Garden

A brand-new learning garden was unveiled by pupils from Our Lady’s RC Primary School in Bangor last week — showcasing the remarkable change in appearance of what used to be a regular fly-tipping hot-spot.

The transformation project was funded by Fly-tipping Action Wales as part of its #NoMoreRubbishExcuses campaign and Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG), who worked closely with the pupils to clear and revitalise the area, which CCG own and manage.

Located on the outskirts of Tai Station housing estate, the 12m by 5m Learning Garden is a 10-minute walk away from the school and provides not only a new learning resource for the children, but also a safe, outdoor classroom environment for the school to use during the summer months.

Boasting a meadow of wild flowers, bug hotels, new garden benches and even a wildlife pond, the learning zone took just 8 weeks to design and create — with the pupils having vital input from start to finish.

Site preparation work began in January this year, with members of the CCG team and local council removing masses of rubbish, over-grown weeds and household waste from the site.

Wild Elements, a local social enterprise dedicated to getting people outdoors, held regular gardening sessions with the pupils during school hours to guide them through the entire transformation process.

The Confucius Institute of Bangor also supported the project — enabling the pupils to visit Treborth Botanic Gardens on a school trip, where they conducted research to inform their own garden design.

Senior Environmental Project Officer at Fly-tipping Action Wales, Jayne Carter, said: “The piece of land is unrecognisable compared to how it looked a few months ago — all thanks to the fantastic efforts and cross-team collaboration demonstrated by everyone involved in the project.

“The Garden is a brilliant example of what can be achieved when community organisations pull together to tackle the issue of fly-tipping and the project has so far successfully prevented offenders from disposing their unwanted waste at the location.

“As with much of Wales, fly-tipping is a continuous problem in Gwynedd, so it’s more important than ever to educate our younger generations with the correct ways to dispose of waste legally and responsibly.

“The pupils at Our Lady’s RC School have shown such passion and determination for the project and we are thrilled that they were able to show off their hard work alongside CCG and all of the other partners involved at today’s event.”

Catrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Housing Association Estates Manager, Michael Evans, added: “This is the second fly-tipping hot-spot in six months that we’ve revitalised into a facility of benefit to the local community.

“We are always looking for new ways to discourage abuse of our land and through our ongoing partnership with Fly-tipping Action Wales, we’re keen to continue the rejuvenation of these regularly abused locations to help prevent further offences in the area.”

Director and founder of Wild Elements, Tom Cockbill, said: “From picking out plants in the local garden centre to designing bug hotels and planting herbs, the children have been heavily involved in the garden creation and design from the get-go.

“It’s been a pleasure to guide and support them in their venture and I look forward to watching the site progress even further under the pupils’ care over the next few years.”

Deputy Head of Our Lady’s RC Primary School, Mrs Aimee Jones, added: “The Learning Garden has already proven to be a fantastic new asset for our school.

“With many of our pupils having been involved in the project from the very beginning, not only has it helped them to refine and develop new skills such as team-work and problem solving, but it has also reminded them — and will continue to remind them — how important it is for us all to look after the local environment.

“Above all, it has enabled us to nurture creativity and develop confident and ambitious individuals, who are ethically informed and aware of the unacceptable behaviours linked to fly-tipping and littering in the local area.

“We are so grateful to all of the partners and organisations that have made our new outdoor learning space possible and feel proud that our pupils played such a key role in the entire transformation process.”

Our Welsh Language Scheme has recently been revised and was approved by the Welsh Language Commissioner on 19 March. The changes reflect our ambitious goals to grow the company across north and mid Wales, aiming to build 550 homes over the next 3 years. The revised scheme is now on the website and you can read here.

We will continue to priorities our efforts to support and promote the Welsh language, by endeavouring to strengthen the language within our communities and the housing sector in general in Wales.

Ffrancon Williams, our Chief Executive said: “We are fully committed to ensuring that the culture of our workplace is Welsh, and that we offer all of our customers a quality service in the langue of their choice.

“We have worked with officers from the Welsh Language Commissioner’s Office to amend our Welsh Language Scheme to give us flexibility to support our growth strategy which support’s the Welsh Government target to build 20,000 new homes during their term in government. Many of these will be needed across north Wales and beyond to help fulfil the immediate need for housing. This means that the company is growing an expanding beyond the Welsh heartland of Gwynedd and we need our Welsh Language scheme to strike the right balance between the viability of the business and our language obligations. We operate in a competitive market, and these amendments were needed to enable us to carry out a language assessment on all new jobs. We are not weakening our policy, but it’s about giving us flexibility to ensure the viability of the business for the future. All our jobs which requires the Welsh language to be essential will remain this way.

“We are passionate about the Welsh language and we have invested time and resources to train and develop our staff’s language skills and we are proud that many of the officers who didn’t have these skills are now Welsh learners and have fully immersed themselves in our Welsh culture and respect the language.

“In relation to the recent job adverts for senior officers where the Welsh language requirement is ‘desirable’, we are not closing the door on Welsh speaking candidates at all, but we are trying to ensure that we can appoint individuals who have specialist skills who can help the company grow from strength to strength. We are proud to be a positive partner in helping the Welsh Government achieve its target of creating one million Welsh speakers by 2050 and we are also proud to be seen as leaders within the sector on our ability to work fully bilingually.”

March 2019

LlayAre you interested in an affordable property at Llay?

We are looking at the possibility of developing a number of units at Llay, Wrexham.

It is anticipated that the development would be mixture of one and two-bedroom apartments and two and three-bedroom houses.

If you’re interested in renting any of the units (intermediate rent) or buying an affordable property on the site you need to register your detail with Tai Teg: www.taiteg.org.uk

Tai Teg is an affordable housing register for Môn, Gwynedd, Conwy, Dinbych, Fflint, Wrexham and Powys for people who are not in a position to rent or buy on the open market. Visit the website to see if you’re eligible to apply and to see what they can offer you.

Applicants will be

considered in registration date order, therefore please register your interest as

soon as possible.

Hafod Lon A new play area for Ysgol Hafod Lon

A new play area has been built free of charge at Ysgol Hafod Lon by Brenig Construction as the community benefit element of a contract to build new homes for Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) at Penrhyndeudraeth.

A forest area was built at the school by Brenig Construction workers and volunteers from CCG during half term. The Conwy based company also provided all the materials free of charge.

CCG’s Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams added: “It’s great to see our contractors giving something back to the community. We always aim to ensure that communities benefit from our work through our procurement processes.

“Brenig Construction have gone beyond our requirements and have given hours of free labour and thousands of pounds worth of material to create this area for the pupils at Hafod Lon. I congratulate them on this and I’m very pleased with what they have achieved.”

The work included; clearing foliage, building ramp access to make it wheelchair accessible, creating a canopy above the trees, building a sandpit and an area for making fire. As well as this, Brenig donated outside furniture for the area (two benches and a picnic table) and cleared an area of land which will be developed into a sensory garden for the children.

Ysgol Hafod Lon Headmistress, Mrs Donna Roberts said: “The new forest area has exceeded our expectations. The work was carried out completely hassle free over half term and the children are already benefiting from it. They enjoy playing outside in the forest and experiencing all the senses that surround them. They are looking forward to toasting some marshmallows on the fire and having a BBQ in the summer. It’s such a valuable resource for the school and with addition of the new ramp, it’s accessible to all our pupils.


“We are so grateful to Brenig Construction and CCG from their financial investment and for the time and effort that they gave to build this area for the children.”


Steve Walker, Operations Manager at Brenig Construction added: “We are proud to be able to give something back to the communities we live and work in. At Brenig we integrate and innovate in order to bring added value to the supply chain, ensuring that we deliver our projects successfully.

“We’d also like to thank T D Plant Hire, who kindly donated machinery to enable the work to be carried out.”

This community benefit has been generated from a £772,000 scheme to build 6 homes at Meysydd Llydain, Penrhyndeudraeth. The scheme was funded by Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, Cyngor Gwynedd and the Welsh Government.

Brenig are also building three family homes on the site that will be for sale on the open market.

If you are interested in buying one of these homes, contact Brenig on 01492 514 934 for more information.


February 2019

Tai ConwyBranching out to provide more housing

One of the largest RSLs in North Wales’, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) are forming exciting new partnerships across the north, with work on over 50 new properties in Conwy county now underway.

Last year, CCG were approved to be zoned in Conwy, Denbighshire and Wrexham which means they can now apply for Welsh Government grants to build affordable homes in these three counties as well as Gwynedd.

Working in partnership with Conwy Council and local contractors, four exciting schemes are being developed across the county.

CCG Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams explains: “As a progressive and growing organisation, we are aiming to build 800 new homes across north Wales over the next seven years. We are forming exciting new partnerships with local authorities, with the Single Access Route to Housing (SARTH) housing register and affordable housing register, Tai Teg as well as many contractors and developers who will work with us on building these homes.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our partners at Conwy Council for welcoming us as a new partner, we look forward to developing many more homes with their support over the coming years.

“We are passionate about ensuring people in north Wales have a great home and the support they need to live and thrive in their communities. We hope to make an impact through these partnerships and expand our scale whilst remaining true to our core Gwynedd tenants. There are exciting times ahead.”

Councillor Elizabeth Roberts, Cabinet portfolio holder for Social Care (Adult, Community Services and Housing) at Conwy Council added: “We would like to welcome CCG to Conwy, we are excited to work with them on these much-needed quality affordable homes and look forward to the delivery of more affordable housing for local people across Conwy.”

If you are interested in renting a social housing property, please register your details with the Conwy Housing Register (SARTH): 0300 124 0050

If you are interested in the intermediate rented properties or a rent to buy property register your details with Tai Teg: www.taiteg.org.uk

These schemes are being funded by private developer, CCG and the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant.

January 2019

Housing estate named after important literature figure

31.01.2019
We are pleased to announce the name of a new housing estate that is being built in Tywyn – Llys Elen Egryn.

The name was suggested by the Town Council who were keen for name of the new estate to represent the community and to have local ties.

Elin Evans was a Welsh language poet (her poetic name was Elen Egryn) who cme from Llanegryn. She was the first woman to publish a secular Welsh-language book in 1850.

Sarah Schofield, Director of Customer and Communities at Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd said: “It’s really important to us that the names we give our new housing estates reflect and respect culture, heritage and the history of the community. This is why we ask the local Community or Town Councils for suggestions. I’m really pleased that on this occasion the name chosen is that of an influential woman who had strong local connections to the area.”

Award winning author Manon Steffan Ros who lives in the area and is familiar with Elen’s work added: “I’m so pleased to see Elen Egryn being acknowledge and remembered. She remains an important figure in the literary world and has inspired many.

“Her poetry was quite typical of the time, it talks a lot about religion, but one of the things that stands out is that she writes quite openly about her depression. It also feels modern and timely. She was not only progressive in the sense of being a woman who was publishing in Welsh, but her themes were also brave and poignant.”

Four two-bedroom houses and eight flats which are a mixture of one and two-bedroom units for people over 55 are being built on site and are due for completion Summer 2019.

If you are interested in renting one of these houses or flats, register your details with Gwynedd Councils Housing Options Team on 01286 685100.

This £1.1 million scheme is being funded by us and Welsh Government grant.

December 2018

Pennant Hall CCG Awarded Innovative Housing Grant

09.01.19

We've been awarded innovative grant funding from the Welsh Government to progress with their first new build scheme in Conwy at Pennant Hall, Penmaenmawr.

We purchased the building last year, and under the proposed plans it will be transformed to 14 flats which will be a mixture of one and two-bedroom properties.

The £400,000 grant was awarded based on the innovation of the manufacture and use of massive timber elements from local timber using a system known as Massive Laminated Timber (MLT).

Pennant Hall will become the first residential project in Wales to deploy massive wood construction techniques and the first massive wood, multi-story project in Wales using local timber.

This technique was pioneered in the UK by Williams Homes, a local contactor from Y Bala in the construction of the Coed-y-Brenin visitor Centre. Williams Homes and Woodknowledge Wales have been appointed to build this project at Penmaenmawr.

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “We are delighted to be awarded this grant funding from the Welsh Government to build this innovative and ambitious building using MLT. It has been a challenging process and I’m extremely proud of all our staff who worked on securing the funding which resulted in our application coming out on top amongst about 50 others.

“This scheme will significantly increase the social, environmental and economic benefit to Wales through local production of MLT as well as substantially benefiting the health of potential occupants and the wider supply chain from using timber in construction.

“As a growing and progressive organisation, I’m so proud to see the ambition of our staff in terms of using new technology and techniques associated with construction so that MLT can become one of the key low-carbon approaches for medium rise housing in Wales. Pennant Hall will be the first of its kind in Wales.”

The scheme aims to prove the benefits of MLT as a cost-effective solution for medium rise residential buildings so that it can be rolled out at scale and used on many future developments across the UK.

It is anticipated that work will start on site in February 2019 and will be complete by February 2020.

Williams Homes' Managing Director Owain Williams added: "We are extremely proud to be part of this innovative project utilising Welsh timber, local labour and ground-breaking techniques in providing high quality affordable homes for North Wales.

“At Williams homes we pride ourselves on producing high quality, low carbon buildings and components whilst supporting the local economy."

The scheme is being funded by the Welsh Government’s Innovative housing grant programme, social housing grant and privately funded by CCG.

Receiving the highest possible approval rating by the Welsh Government

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As part of the annual Regulatory Judgement of housing associations in Wales, we are pleased to announce that we have been awarded with the highest possible approval rating by the Welsh Government. This demonstrates we have sound financial capability as well as appropriate governance.

This annual judgement is designed to provide us and other social landlords with an understanding of how well we are perfoming; how robustly we are governed, and how effectively we manage our finances.

Ffrancon Williams, our Chief Executive, said: “Retaining the highest approval rating from the Regulator is excellent news for the company which will stand the company in good stead at we embark on launching our new Corporate Plan and ambitious Development Strategy in the New Year. We believe this is a fair reflection of where we are today after undergoing a significant period transforming our business, and improving our services. This will put us well on our journey of growth and maturity to achieve our future ambitions to grow as a key provider of housing for those in housing need across north Wales.”

Hendre2 Hendre development to begin in the new year

17 December 2018

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 with work due to start in February 2019.

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG)’s plans were approved this week by Gwynedd Council’s planning committee.

Beech Developments (NW) Ltd, who are based in Llandudno Junction will work in partnership with CCG to build the houses at Hendre, Caernarfon. Once completed, 22 of the houses will be sold by Beech and 23 houses will be let on social rent by CCG.

The scheme will be a mixture of properties including two, three and four bedrooms houses and bungalows, some of which will be specially adapted for people with disability.

CCG’s Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “We are very proud to be working with Beech Developments on this scheme, a company from North Wales with a long-standing reputation for developing new homes.

“With approximately 1200 applicants on the waiting list for affordable housing in Caernarfon it’s so important for us to be playing our part in providing people with efficient, modern and comfortable homes in the communities they want to live.

“This will be our largest scheme to date and our first in Caernarfon, and I’m really excited to see the work starting on site.

“As a progressive and growing organisation, we are aiming to build hundreds of new homes across North Wales over the next few years. Beech Developments is one example of the relationships that we have developed with contractors and developers to help meet the housing needs and provide people with affordable quality homes in their local communities.”

Matthew Gilmartin, Managing Director at Beech Developments added: “We are proud to be working in partnership with CCG and bringing forward this mixed scheme of Market and Affordable homes to Caernarfon.This is a first scheme of its kind for Beech Developments and we hope to be able to roll out this model with Housing Associations like CCG in the future.

“We have a sound reputation and a proven track record for building sustainable new quality homes in local areas for local residents creating employment for local people in the process.”

The scheme is due to be completed by summer 2020. The 23 social rented houses are being funded by CCG and the Welsh Government’s Social Housing Grant.

New houses

A group of six local housing associations have come together in an exciting joint venture to accelerate development of new affordable homes in support of delivery of the North Wales Growth Deal.

The Growth Deal is the North Wales region’s commitment to working collaboratively to facilitate and accelerate economic growth. £120 million funding was approved for the Deal in the 2018 Budget announced in October. The Deal aims to use government funding to channel nearly £700m worth of public and private money into a series of projects aimed at boosting the North's economy and creating thousands of jobs.

Chief Executives from the 6 Housing Associations operating across North Wales, including Pennaf, Cartrefi Conwy, Cartrefi Cymuneddol Gwynedd, Grwp Cynefin, Wales and West Housing and North Wales Housing are voluntarily collaborating with colleagues from the six Local Authorities. The group is considering how they can proactively work together to develop more homes by unlocking stalled strategic sites across North Wales, which have previously been allocated in a Development Plan or where planning permission has been granted. Such developments will reflect local opinion and respond to known community desires to see more affordable housing so that local young people and families can live locally.

Helena Kirk, Chief Executive at North Wales Housing explains:

“This ground breaking level of collaboration between all of the regional associations has not been developed or delivered in Wales to date.

It is an exciting opportunity for the group of six local associations to make a strategic contribution to the economy and the plans to accelerate housing growth and meet a range of housing needs across the region.

The collaboration will support the Growth Deal to accelerate housing growth, creating more affordable homes needed across North Wales. By working together, the combined capacity of our organisations can be utilised to break down barriers to achieving housing delivery on challenging sites.”

Housing and Regeneration Minister Rebecca Evans said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to create more affordable housing for people in North Wales. By collaborating, this venture has the potential to be greater than the sum of its parts, and we will be looking to offer to assist its development.”

The group’s plans for the future are currently being developed to fit in with Welsh Government and Local Authority priorities.

November 2018

Festive Fun Festive fun is coming to Dolgellau

07/11/2018

We are inviting you to a special family event at Glan Wnion Leisure Centre, Dolgellau on Saturday 24 November between 11am-3pm.

The event will be a fun filled day for all the family with various free activities and an opportunity to receive useful advice and information on various matters from the housing association’s officers and partners.

Children can get creative in the crafts corner as well as face painting, story and signing session, green screen photo booth and a bouncy castle and soft play area. Santa will also be visiting as well as tv characters Sali Mali and Superted.

CCG Chief Executive, Ffrancon Williams said: “Our Festive Fun event has established itself as one of CCG’s largest and most popular events. This year we look forward to welcoming our tenants at Dolgellau to another fun day.

“It’s a very exciting time for CCG as concentrate on the future of development and growth. I hope that our tenants come along to the event, to enjoy themselves and have a chat with our staff over a cup of tea.”


October 2018

Penrhosgarnedd Work begins on new houses for Penrhosgarnedd

30/10/18

We've joined forces with local contractor MacLennan Construction in a Design & Build package deal to build 8 affordable homes at Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor.

The 8 homes will be transferred to us once the building work is completed and will be available on social rent.

The properties will be a mixture of four three-bedroom houses and four one-bedroom flats which will help meet the high demand for affordable housing in the area.

Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive said: “We are very proud to be working with MacLennan Construction on this development in an area where demand is extremely high. They are a local and experienced firm based at Bangor who will deliver many economic benefits to the area through this exciting scheme.

“As a progressive and growing organisation, we are aiming to build hundreds of new homes across North Wales over the next few years. We hope to strengthen our relationship with contractors and developers to help meet the housing needs and provide people with affordable quality homes in their local communities.”

Paul MacLennan of MacLennan Construction said, “We are extremely proud to be given the opportunity to work in partnership with CCG and look forward as a company to providing a quality scheme for the future needs of our local community.”

Local Councillor Menna Baines added: “When you consider the demand for affordable houses that are available to rent in the area, I really do welcome this development. The lay-by in front of the houses, on Ffordd Penrhos will be widened as a result which means it will be safer for people to park. The public footpath which runs by the site will also be made safer as there will be a clear boundary between the path and the entrance of the new houses.”

It is anticipated that the houses and flats will be ready to let in October 2019. If you are interested renting one of these homes from CCG, register your interest with Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100 or opsiynautai@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

The scheme is being funded through Welsh Government grant and private finance through CCG.

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(From left to right) Ian Gillespie, Senior Development Officer at CCG; local Councillor Menna Baines; Ffrancon Williams, CCG Chief Executive with Paul MacLennan, Jane Davies and Robin Thomas from MacLennan Construction in a Design & Build.

43&45 Cae'r Saint Cae'r Saint properties refurbished by Trwsio

29.10.18

Tîm Trwsio was successful in winning a competitive tender to full refurbish 43 & 45 Cae’r Saint, on behalf of CCG’s Development team.

43 & 45 Cae’r Saint was bought as a buy back property by CCG from Antur Waunfawr with the house being used as a 4 bedroomed property with facilities for live in carers. Tîm Trwsio have now converted it back into 2 two-bedroomed houses.

The £150k investment work included new roofs, windows, external wall insulation, re-wires, heating systems, kitchens & bathrooms, groundworks and sprinkler systems to comply with current building regulations. The project was completed to a high standard, on-time and to meet the development team’s specification.

The delivery of this project is in line with Tîm Trwsio’s growth strategy and two local families were over the moon when moving in to the properties.

Gareth Jones, a building surveyor at Wakemans who managed the project said: “Wakemans are pleased to have worked as Project Managers on behalf of the development team with tîm trwsio at CCG. The work was delivered on time and within budget.”

Ian Gillespie, Senior Development Officer at CCG added: “After a successful competitive tender bid, tîm trwsio, under the management of Craig Carrol, Arwel Evans and his team programmed the work packages in a professional, efficient and structured way.

“All the tasks were completed on time and to budget to a very high standard. Based on Trwsio performance on this and other project’s, on behalf of the Development Team, we would hope and have no hesitation in asking them to tender and hopefully complete other schemes in the future.”

To date, the development team have purchased and refurbished 14 buy back properties from across the county in areas including Dolgellau, Y Bala, Pwllheli, Bangor and Caernarfon.

Maes Coetmor Work begins on new houses for Bethesda

15.10.2018

We've joined forces with local contractor DU Construction in a multimillion pound package deal to build 18 affordable homes at Coetmor, Bethesda.

The 18 homes being built by DU Construction will be transferred to us once the building work is completed and will be available on social rent.

The properties are a mixture of ten three-bedroom houses and eight two-bedroom homes which will help meet the high demand for affordable housing in the area.

Sarah Schofield, Director of Customers and Communities at CCG said: “We are very proud to be working with DU Construction on this development in an area where demand is extremely high. They are a local and experienced firm based on Anglesey who will deliver many economic benefits to the area through this exciting scheme, including job and training opportunities.

“As a progressive and growing organisation, we are aiming to build hundreds of new homes across North Wales over the next few years. We hope to strengthen our relationship with contractors and developers to help meet the housing needs and provide people with affordable quality homes in their local communities.”

Owain Owen, Contracts Manager on behalf of DU Construction added: “We are looking forward to working in partnership with CCG on what will be our biggest housebuilding contract to date. We are currently working on numerous new-build developments for various housing providers, and this contract enables us to add CCG to that ever-growing client portfolio. As part of our contract delivery we are committed to employing as many local sub-contractors as possible, as well as offering training and employment opportunities where we can.”

It is anticipated that the houses will be ready to let in March 2020. If you are interested renting one of these homes from CCG, register your interest with Gwynedd Council’s Housing Options Team on 01286 685100 or opsiynautai@gwynedd.llyw.cymru

The scheme is being funded through Welsh Government grant and private finance through CCG.

Sustainable Supply Chains

Importance of ethical employment and sustainable chains highlighted

05.10.2018

A successful event was held at Menai Science Park this week aimed at buyers and suppliers. Nearly 100 people attended from over 40 different organisations – public and private to learn about the importance of supporting ethical and sustainable supply chains.

The event was arranged by largest housing association in north Wales, Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) in partnership with Gwynedd Council, Anglesey Council, Bangor University and Grŵp Llandrillo Menai.

Guest speakers included Dr Sue Hurrell from the Welsh Government, who talked about the

Code of Practice; Ethical Employment in Supply Chains. Paul Elms, Head of Prevention at the Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) shared information about their work to protect vulnerable and exploited workers, and their ‘Construction Protocol’ which is aimed at eradicating slavery and labour exploitation in the building industry.

In the afternoon, Mellissa Bell from Yorkshire Purchasing Organisation talked about social value, and how closer collaboration between buyer and supplier can help maximise value for money.

Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd’s Chief Executive Ffrancon Williams said: “It was great to see so many organisations supporting the event – both from the public and private sectors including many of our own supply chain partners.

“As a progressive and growing organisation with a social heart, we are committed to ensuring that our activities improve the lives of our stakeholders. We recognise that we have a responsibility to take a leadership role in the development of social value outcomes, which is why social value is a core principle in our procurement activities. We also recognise our leadership role in Ethical Employment in Supply Chains and, the elimination of modern slavery. We take this responsibility seriously and have demonstrated our commitment by being the first Housing Association in Wales to sign up to Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains.

“It’s clear that customers and society in general are becoming increasingly socially conscious and organisations are having to adapt their business models to ensure ethical sourcing. If we work together – buyers and suppliers, public sector and private sector – we can collectively do more than on our own and make a real, lasting difference.”

Steve Chapman, Wales’s Anti-Slavery Coordinator added: “This is a landmark event, being the first collaborative supplier conference to promote the Welsh Government’s Code of Practice on Ethical Employment in Supply Chains. I wish to thank Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd for leading the way as the first Housing Association to sign up to the Code and take action on its commitments. We all know that it is only through collaborative action we can make a real difference to people’s working lives and tackle the scourges of slavery and unethical employment in our Wales.”



September

Glan Llyn

Working together to benefit Gwynedd communities

25.09.18

The largest housing association in North Wales Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd (CCG) and Glan-llyn outdoor activity centre have been successful in their bid of £10,000 grant money to give 90 young people from Gwynedd the opportunity to spend a weekend at Glan-llyn.

The grant was awarded by the Thomas Howell Education Fund for North Wales (THEFNW), with CCG and the Urdd contributing £1350 each in match funding towards the scheme. Groups of up to 30 young people at a time will spend three weekends at the centre taking part in a range of activities.

Sarah Schofield, CCG’s Director of Customer and Communities said: “Since we established in 2010, we have been really committed to supporting our tenants.

“This is an amazing opportunity for young people 11-16 years old. At Glan-llyn they will learn new skills such as confidence building, team working and problem solving as well as having fun with their friends.

“As north Wales’ largest landlord, we provide housing for 10% of Gwynedd’s population. We’ve worked hard to develop links and partnerships with several bodies, including the Urdd, and I’d like to thank them for making this happen.

Glyn-llyn Director, Huw Antur Edwards added: “As an organisation we are really pleased to be working in partnership with CCG to offer children from different areas of Gwynedd this opportunity. The Urdd aims to offer children and young people a chance to socialise in Welsh though various activities and we attract over 13,000 children and young people annually.

“Our research shows that those who visit us see an increase in their confidence, their use of Welsh and they develop skills in outdoor activities. The support of the Thomas Howell Education Fund will make a real difference to the lives of 90 young people across Gwynedd. We hope to continue our partnership with CCG in future and continue our work of developing communities that flourish in North West Wales.

To date, young people from Caernarfon and Penygroes have spent a weekend at the centre taking part in various activities such as high ropes and canoeing on Llyn Tegid. Young people from Blaenau Ffestiniog and Pen Llŷn will be taking part in the scheme in October and November.

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.

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.

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