News — articles for October 2017

Happy pooches in Glyncoch after Dogs Trust visit

Dogs Trust visited Glyncoch Community Centre to offer local dog owners free advice and health checks for their dogs.

During the event, which was organised by Trivallis, 28 dogs were brought to the centre for health checks. Six dogs that did not have microchips were given them on the day.

Microchipping a dog has been required by law by Welsh Government since April 2016. If a dog isn't microchipped or registered to an approved database the owner could be given a notice and have 21 days to do so or be liable to pay a £500 fine and face potential criminal prosecution.

Jen Williams, Trivallis’ neighbourhood manager for Glyncoch, said: “The event was really successful. We had lots of happy dogs and owners and managed to give out lots of useful advice. I’m really grateful to the staff from Dogs Trust for coming along to help our customers and people in the surrounding areas.

“We are hoping to have more regular events like this in our communities. I feel like it ensures the community is a safe place to be and the dogs are as healthy as possible.”

To keep up to date with Trivallis’ upcoming community events, search for @WeAreTrivallis on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Sleep out will help provide a lifeline for the homeless

On the 2nd November Trivallis' head of asset management, Andrew Bradley and our Health and Safety Officer, Andrew Davies, will be swapping their beds for boxes as they ‘sleep out’ to raise money for Llamau.

The annual fundraising event sees people from organisations across Wales come together at Cardiff City Football Stadium to spend the night sleeping in sleeping bags on cardboard.

Llamau supports young people and vulnerable women who are homeless or at risk of becoming so. In its latest impact report, Llamau stated that 98% of the people it supported had a positive outcome. The support offered improved the situation of 89% of people who were victims of domestic violence.

A spokesperson for Llamau said: “Demand for our services is increasing all the time, while we face severe funding cuts, making it much harder to find enough money to provide them. Those taking part in the Sleep Out help us to continue this support to vulnerable people in times of real crisis.

“From advice about how to get help, family mediation to rebuild broken relationships, specialist supported accommodation, unique pre-vocational training and help to find work; Llamau offers a comprehensive range of services designed to prevent homelessness now & in the future.”

The pair have been challenged with raising £500 to fund Llamau’s services and help towards ending homelessness, Andrew Bradley said: “Homelessness could affect anyone. All too often I see people sleeping on the streets, so I want to help in any way I can. At Trivallis, we work closely with individuals to not only provide homes, but the right services to enable our customers to live independently and successfully manage their tenancies.

“Whilst we make a real impact, I know that more can still be done for the most vulnerable people in our communities. By taking part in the Llamau sleep out, I will be raising vital funds for a charity that makes a difference in Wales.”

To donate and help end homelessness in Wales, visit: http://bit.ly/TrivallisSleepOut

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Spooky sports day in Aberdare

Go4it!, the family support project based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, is hosting a ‘Spooky Sports Day’ in Abercwmboi Rugby Club, Aberdare this Halloween.

On Tuesday 31st October the free event will see local sports providers, such as Aberdare cricket Club, Abercwmboi Rugby team and Aberdare Girls Football team, offer free taster sessions for young people.

The event will run from 10am until 1pm and is completely free of charge.

Richard Lawrence, Go4it! Activities Co-ordinator, said: “Families are always looking for something to do on Halloween but it can often be a costly time. We want to give families the opportunity to come together and have fun whilst trying some new activities.

“There will be something for everyone at the spooky sports day – and it’s not all about the sports. Our resident dietician will be doing healthy cooking demonstrations and the Ziggies team will be holding arts and crafts sessions. Fancy dress is not required but I’m hoping some people will turn up dressed in their best spooky outfits – just don’t forget the trainers.”

The event will take place inside the rugby club and on the outdoor pitches.

There is no need to book, although families are encouraged to turn up as early as possible in order to secure a place on the activities.

For more information on this event and what Go4it! offers, visit go4itnow.org or search for Go4it! on Facebook and Twitter.

Spooky Sports Day Abercwmboi

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Trivallis appoints Chief Executive

Trivallis' Board has approved the appointment of Ian Thomas as the new Chief Executive for the organisation.

Ian has over 28 years’ experience operating within the health, social care, education and housing sectors and joins Trivallis from his current role as the Chief Executive of the charity, Age Cymru.

Originally from Penrhiwceiber in the Cynon Valley, Ian has worked in and around the valleys in a number of his roles, notably as the Head of Supported Housing at United Welsh and in an earlier community care role with Hafod Housing. 

For the last 10 years Ian has worked mainly in the third sector holding Director positions at national charities Scope and the Alzheimer’s Society before taking up his role with Age Cymru in 2013. 

Ian Thomas said: “Growing up in the South Wales Valleys, the opportunity to join the team at Trivallis represents a chance for me to use all I have learned in my career to benefit these communities that are so close to my heart. The organisation is committed to delivering much more than just bricks and mortar and this speaks to my passion and focus to help people improve their lives, 

"I know that I am joining a highly capable organisation with people who take a great pride in their work and I am looking forward to bringing my experience to an organisation like Trivallis that puts people and communities first.”

Ian will join Trivallis in December and takes the vacant post of Chief Executive that was filled by Adrian Barber for an Interim period. 

In addition to its new Chief Executive, Trivallis has also recruited two new Independent Board Members, Tracy Myhill and Dr Jonathan Huish.

 
Both Tracy and Jonathan bring with them a wealth of political, board and senior management experience across a wide variety of sectors with Tracy stepping into the role of Interim Chair while the search for a more permanent successor to Claire Jones continues. 

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Victory for Supporting People

Plaid Cymru has announced its two year budget agreement with Welsh Labour, and it has been confirmed that the Supporting People programme budget has been protected.

The Supporting People Programme supports more than 60,000 of the most vulnerable people in Wales each year to live as independently as they can.

Welsh Government funding for the programme funds a variety of services that Trivallis offers, such as SAFE. These services support people at risk of housing crisis and plays a crucial role in preventing homelessness in Wales.

Stuart Ropke, Chief Executive at Community Housing Cymru said: “At a time when budgets are tight and financial pressures are impacting services, we are pleased that the Welsh Government budget recognises the importance of the Supporting People programme and protects the budget for the next two years.

The Supporting People programme is a lifeline for the most vulnerable people in society. It helps those facing difficult times to overcome adversity and rebuild their lives in a safe and supported environment. Thanks to the programme, people have escaped abusive relationships; learnt new skills to help live with a disability or in a new country, and overcome substance misuse problems. These are only a few examples out of over 60,000 where the programme has transformed somebody’s life for the better.

The programme has received cross party support for a number of years, and thousands of people in Wales will be grateful to see that reflected in the deal between Plaid Cymru and Welsh Labour.

The two year budget settlement will allow for stability and the longer term planning of services, but we mustn’t forget that providers continue to operate in a challenging environment where costs are increasing and difficult decisions have to be taken.”

On the 4th of October, a number of Trivallis staff will be attending a rally in Cardiff to ask government to make a commitment of keeping this funding secure for many years to come.

If you want to keep up with the story, you can search for #LetsKeepSupportingPeople and #SupportingPeopleWales on Twitter.

 

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