News — articles for April 2017

Trivallis to support Tenovus Cancer Care for the next two years

Tenovus Web Van

Trivallis has announced Tenovus Cancer Care as its charity partner for the next two years.

Jennifer Cooper, service improvement programme manager at Trivallis, said: “I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma when I was 19 after suffering from a number of different symptoms including sickness, persistent cough, tiredness, weight loss and a rash.

“Throughout my experience of being diagnosed, treated and living beyond cancer, cancer charities have always been there to provide support.

“Charities all depend so much on fundraising and without it these vital support services simply couldn’t continue. I think that we can make such a difference at Trivallis to help support what I see as such critical services.”

Staff identified that the charity they would like to work with is one that supports those affected by cancer and has a positive impact on people’s lives in the communities where Trivallis’ homes are based.

Rowan Tree Cancer Care, Velindre Cancer Centre, Macmillan Cancer Support and Tenovus Cancer Care were shortlisted from a staff vote.

Trivallis tenants and the wider community were then asked to vote for one of these charities via text, the Trivallis website and on Twitter.

Blue speech mark graphic Lynsey Holley- Matthews, Responsible Business Manager at Trivallis, said: “Trivallis has a fantastic reputation in the workplace for supporting great causes. We raised over £3,000 for charities in 2016.

“We are really proud to have Tenovus Cancer Care as our charity partner and are looking forward to working in partnership with them to help benefit and support so many people in Rhondda Cynon Taff.”

Tenovus Cancer Care was the charity chosen by staff, tenants and the wider community and gained 62% of the votes.

As a charity Tenovus Cancer Care funds vital research, provides services for people affected by cancer and promotes healthy lifestyles to prevent cancer in the first place.

Ceri Hill, Community Fundraiser at Tenovus Cancer Care, said: “We’re thrilled to have been chosen as Trivallis’ charity partner for the next two years. The partnership will be a great way for Tenovus Cancer Care to reach more people in the local community and hopefully help even more people affected by cancer.

“If it wasn’t for organisations like Trivallis helping us to raise money, we wouldn’t be able to carry on with the important work that we do. We’re really looking forward to the two years and working with them!”

For updates on fundraising and the charity partnership, follow @WeAreTrivallis on Twitter

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Project 5 is a bull’s-eye for Trivallis tenants

Nebo Feb 2017 Project 5

Project 5 is an initiative run by Merthyr and the Valleys Mind and funded by ICF and the Henry Smith Foundation.

The project works with people aged 55+ to help prevent loneliness and isolation and promote wellness in the community through activities that encourage team work.   

Activities for Project 5 are developed in conjunction with Public Health Wales’ ‘5 Ways To Wellbeing’ and serve to encourage people to connect, take notice, get active, give and learn.

Sophira Shannon, project co-ordinator at Merthyr and the Valleys Mind, said: “Project 5 is an initiative that we run in sheltered schemes. We are currently working in seven of Trivallis’ complexes across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

“We know that one size doesn’t fit all and the tenants in different schemes want different things. That’s why we have worked with Trivallis and the tenants to co-design the activities based on their wants and needs.

“Loneliness and isolation are contributing factors that can affect people’s mental health so it’s really important that we put on this type of project to try and combat this. Trivallis’ complexes provide the perfect setting.”

Initially, the sessions are run by the project co-ordinator who recruits volunteers from the local area to support.

For the first four to six months, volunteers are put through a training course which is accredited by Agored. On completion, the volunteers are then tasked with running the sessions themselves.

Nebo Feb 2017 Project 5

At Nebo sheltered complex in Ystrad, Trivallis tenants enjoy taking part in a weekly quiz and a game of darts. Each two hour session is attended by around ten to fourteen people.

Pat Gregory has been a Trivallis tenant at Nebo for three years. She said: “I cared for my husband whilst he was ill so I didn’t get much time to interact with my neighbours here in the complex.

“When he passed away I knew I had to do something to get out of my flat so I wouldn’t be lonely.

“I enjoy getting involved with Project 5 activities. It’s lovely to come down to the communal lounge and spend the morning with good company.

“It was my birthday recently and my granddaughter asked what I wanted as a gift. As I have problems with my sight I never thought about getting involved with the darts team, but the rest of the residents encouraged me to have a go so I asked for some darts.

Nebo Feb 2017 Project 5 (22)

“On my first go, I scored 78 points. Everyone cheered which really gave me the confidence to keep going.”

Rena Karadogan, interim head of care and support at Trivallis said: “This is a brilliant project and it’s been enjoyed in all the schemes where it’s been held. 

"Some have enjoyed a weekly quiz and in others craft sessions have been really popular. It’s a chance to get together and have a chat and that’s so important.”

For more information about Trivallis’ sheltered complexes, CLICK HERE

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‘Celebrating You’ event shines a spotlight on volunteers

Gale Kidman and Lisa Greening

Trivallis, a housing association based in Rhondda Cynon Taff, has celebrated the volunteers who help shape and improve its services and bring together communities.

A ‘Celebrating You’ event held in the Rhondda Heritage Park Hotel aimed to shine a spotlight on those who give up their time to support the organisation.

Pendyrus choir Trivallis Volunteer Event  

The event was opened  with a performance from the Pendyrus Welsh Male Voice Choir who sang a medley of songs as a treat for all those who attended.

Lisa Greening, Community Projects Officer at Trivallis, said: “Trivallis is a community mutual organisation, which means that our customers are at the heart of everything we do.

“Our volunteers are a real voice for their communities and they help us shape our services. Over the last 12 months, nearly two hundred volunteers have given up their time to support Trivallis.  

Trivallis Volunteer Event group

“Their involvement makes a real difference to the organisation and the people we support, which is why we wanted to put on this celebration to say a big thank you for their time and effort.”

43 volunteers attended from across RCT.

Derek Parsons - Trivallis volunteer

Derek Parsons is from Llanharan and receives support from Trivallis’ Sustaining Tenancies Empowering People Support (STEPS) Services. This free and confidential service supports tenants who don’t feel they can cope with looking after their home, tenancy, money or day to day life in general.

Derek said: “Before I had support from Trivallis’ STEPS team I suffered with depression, I didn’t want to leave the house.

“Having STEPS’ support has got me to where I need to be in life. I feel much more confident now.

“I volunteer on the STEP Up forum and enjoy getting together with the other volunteers to help others who have nothing. Since receiving the help, my wife Susan and I have got full time jobs as cleaners.

“Today’s event has been a great view into what the other volunteer groups do. I’ve met some really nice people and feel inspired. I’m glad that Trivallis really values its volunteers.”

Volunteering opportunities at Trivallis range from grass cutting and fencing to reviewing policies and procedures. The organisation offers volunteers the opportunity to train as they work.

For further information on volunteering with Trivallis, visit www.trivallis.co.uk, call 03000 030 888 or email lisa.greening@trivallis.co.uk.

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New Development for Rhondda Town snapped up

The original Garth Hall sign was kept

The scheme is a mixture of six, one bedroom apartments and two, two bedroom apartments and was completed with funding from the social housing grant via Welsh Government.

All eight properties were successfully offered to suitable applicants via the Homefinder RCT website within the first two weeks of the properties being on the market.

Julie Vellucci, business development director at Trivallis, said: “We are really proud of what has been achieved at Catherine Crescent. This is a high quality development for future Trivallis tenants.

Ellis Cunliffe, Julie Vellucci and Tim Crooks Garth Hal

“In Rhondda Cynon Taff, a combination of rising property prices, competition in the housing market and relatively low local incomes, means many local people find that they cannot access appropriate housing.

“At Trivallis we’re passionate about having the right homes in the right places – making it easier for people to live, work and play in areas they love. Thanks to funding from the social housing grant via RCT Council and Welsh Government we have been able to provide much needed smaller units of accommodation for the local area. They have proven really popular, with all of the units being snapped up within the first two weeks of being released.”

P&P builders acted as the contractors for the redevelopment, Strongs acted as employers agent and principal designer and LeTrucco was the architect.

Tim Crooks from P&P builders said: “Working in this area is a first for us. The redevelopment work started in March 2016 and was completed by a year later. It was a real success and we are delighted with the outcome of the properties.”

The design of the apartments means they are fully RNIB compliant, with features such as contrasting colours on the sockets and walls. The difference in colours helps people with site loss to differentiate between surfaces and navigate around the properties.

For further information on forthcoming schemes at Trivallis, call 03000 030 888 and ask to speak to a member of the development team. 

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