News — articles for May 2017

Open days at Trivallis' latest developments

Trivallis is developing two new sheltered schemes in both Beddau and Rhydyfelin. With the schemes nearing completion, Trivallis Sheltered and Development teams organised two open days at the sites.

The schemes are a mixture of one and two bedroom apartments with kitchens, a living space, walk-in shower, balcony and roof top gardens. The development at Library Close will also be home to Rhydyfelin library as well as a multi-use commercial space.

Like all of Trivallis’ sheltered schemes, the new developments have been designed in line with sight loss principles which will allow people with sight loss issues to continue living independently. Contrasting colours will be used throughout to ensure door handles, sinks, showers and other objects stand out to those who are partially sighted.

During the open day a number of staff were on hand to answer customer queries. “It’s important for us to hold regular open days to be able to meet prospective tenants and offer support and advice on how to apply and what services are available at the new schemes," explained Claire James, Trivallis’ Sheltered Scheme Manager.

“There’s been a lot of interest from people looking to move in when the schemes open."

In addition, attendees were shown carpet and paint samples as well as plans for the layout of the apartments and communal spaces.

Beryl Smith, lived in Trem Y Cwm before Trivallis decided to rebuild the scheme. She’s attended almost every open day to see the progress and learn more about the plans. During her latest visit she said: “Seeing the space helps you to visualise how you’ll fit your things in. I’m looking forward to moving back in and living back in Beddau.”

Trem Y Cwm is due to be completed in July and Library Court will be finished a few months later in September. Although some of the previous tenants have decided to return to the new developments, there are a number of apartments still available to rent.

Allan Norman

Allan Norman who is currently a private tenant living in a one-bedroom apartment, attended the open day with his daughter to find out more about the scheme. He said: “Living here, you’d be in a good location with a bus stop on your doorstep. What I’ve seen from the plans is ok, I'd definitely be happy living here.”

Trivallis sheltered schemes are designed for individuals aged 60+. They provide independent living and a safe environment where people can make friends and enjoy a range of social activities.

Applying for one of these properties is done through the Choice Based Lettings scheme which is used by six different housing associations across Rhondda Cynon Taff. Properties are available each week and in order to apply you must bid online. No money is involved at this stage; bidding is used to show an interest.

To find out more information about the Choice Based Lettings system visit

To find out more about living in sheltered with Trivallis click here.

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Helen says: "Beddau and Tynant Community Library is more than just a library."

When the council announced plans to close down 13 libraries across Rhondda Cynon Taff in 2014, Beddau Library Support Group fought to keep their local library open. Three years later and Beddau & Tynant Community Library is now a thriving independent community facility.

With 800 customers and 20 regular volunteers, it has become more than just a library to local residents. Wendy Challenger and Anne West run the Monday Club, they said: “The reason we exist is because the library attracted us, we’re library people. We understand the importance to tackle isolation and loneliness in this area.”

As well as the Monday Club, they also have a very popular History group, baby and yoga club, sewing, crotchet and book club. The venue is also used to host talks from professionals such as Bowel Screening Wales as well as local police.

“Trivallis are always looking to support independent groups like this,” explains Responsible Business and Policy Manager Lynsey Holley-Matthews. “It helps us to deliver our regeneration led approach and it enables us to get closer to the communities our tenants live in. We create long-term partnerships which benefit Trivallis tenants and the wider community.”

At the moment the building is undergoing some changes to make it more accessible and useable for the whole community. Trivallis awarded the group a grant for just under £10,000 to support this work.

“The Trivallis grant kick started what we’re having done, it’s helped to pay for a new heating system and a project management role to support the completion of the improvements,” explained Helen, Secretary and Trustee for Beddau & Tynant Community Library.

“I’d definitely recommend anyone to apply for a grant with Trivallis – 100%,” said Helen. “You need to make sure you’ve got lots of information at the ready but the staff are really helpful with the application form; it’s well worth it.”

Our grant programme is currently under review and will be re-launched later this summer.

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Trivallis and partners transform school for Give and Gain Day 2017

Julie Vellucci, Sarah Kirton and Rhianydd Jenkins GE Volunteers Give and Gain 2017


Coordinated in Wales by BITC Cymru, Give & Gain Day is the annual celebration of the ‘power and potential’ of employee volunteering and the positive impact it can have in communities, schools and workplaces across Wales.

Trivallis is co-ordinating 12 Give and Gain Days this year, the biggest of which took place in Ysgol Ty Coch in Tonteg.

Ysgol Ty Coch is a school for children with severe learning difficulties and those with autistic spectrum disorders.

The pupils at Ysgol Ty Coch come from all across the borough of RCT, and the majority travel by bus and taxis to school on a daily basis.

As a result, many of the parents have limited face to face contact with other pupils, other parents or the teachers.

This can be detrimental to families, leaving many feeling isolated and alone in adapting to a new way of living.

GE Volunteers 3 Give and Gain 2017 edit  Over 160 volunteers from Trivallis and partner organisations such as principle contractor LCB Construction, GE Aviation, and Welsh Government joined teachers, parents and pupils from the school to transform a disused former caretaker’s house on site at the school into a “Family Hub”.

The “Hub” will act as a place where families can meet with staff and other families to share their concerns and experiences with people who understand and can relate to them.

David Jenkins, Head Teacher at Ysgol Ty Coch, said: “The family centre will provide our parents/carers with vastly improved opportunities to meet both informally and formally in the very best interests of their children.

“I am also hopeful that over time, the family centre will become a ‘one stop shop’ for families to engage with a range of professionals involved with their children. I am overwhelmed by the generosity of all involved with this Give and Gain Day project and I know the result will have a huge impact on the lives of our pupils, families and staff.”

All materials used on the day, from paint brushes to specialised flooring, were donated by partners.  

Tracey Cooke, Senior Regeneration Programme Manager, at Trivallis said: “Organising this day has taken a lot of work for the team. There are over 25 business partners involved in this project including our contractors and their sub-contractors.

“The commitment they have shown to this project has been amazing and will make a real difference to the families. The collaboration of all volunteers has shown true team spirit and I’m incredibly proud of what we have achieved.”

Give and Gain Day 2017 Julie and Greg Ward, parents of a pupil at Ysgol Ty Coch, said: “Our son has been coming to Ysgol Ty Coch for about 18 months now and we’ve felt like there aren’t many facilities for the parents to just get together and chat.

“Having this family hub will make a massive difference to ours and our son’s lives. We spend so much time going to the hospital for appointments, which means we have to take time off work. Having this on our doorstop is so convenient. We’ve loved getting involved with the painting and gardening today with the other volunteers. We want to say a huge thank you to Trivallis and all of the volunteers for changing our lives.”


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