News — articles for August 2016

Trivallis tenants move back into newly refurbished complex

The tenants from Cwrt Ynysmeurig, Aberycynon, have moved back into their newly modified building.

Trivallis worked in partnership with R&M Williams to complete this major refurbishment. The complex was transformed into a modern, adapted property to suit the needs of its tenants.

Each room has been intricately designed in line with the Gold RNIB standard. Contrasting colours have been used throughout to ensure door handles, sinks, showers and other objects stand out to those who are partially sighted.

“In 2010, Trivallis made a commitment to all sheltered tenants to provide modern homes that meet the needs of older people. Since then, a number of development projects have taken place to update and modernise all of Trivallis’ sheltered complexes.” said Angela Stacey, Head of Care and Support at Trivallis.

Cwrt Ynysmeurig has been the largest upgrade project with the installation of three lifts to allow easier access to those living in the upper floors. As well as improving the apartments, the bungalows within the close were also updated to ensure they adhere to RNIB standards.

“I’ve had lots done; new doors, tiling in the bathroom and kitchen. Everyone was very friendly and professional, if I wanted anything done they’d do it. From the top to the bottom, everything is perfect,” said Violet Brakingbury a bungalow resident.

Local Councillor Rhys Lewis attended the launch and showed his gratitude for the work that had been completed.

“During local meetings between the tenants of Cwrt Ynysmeurig and councillors, lifts were a topic that featured heavily and so it’s great to see that our feedback has been listened to.”

In total, 11 Trivallis sheltered complexes have been redesigned and upgraded to meet the requirements of the Gold RNIB standards.

One unit is still available to rent in Cwrt Ynysmeurig, to find out more please contact Trivallis on 03000 030 888.

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Building work starts in Beddau

Work has officially started on site at Trem-Y-Cwm, in Beddau. In total 32 apartments which adhere to RNIB standards, are being built for over 55s.

The tenants of the former Trem-Y-Cwm complex, who have been relocated during the build, attended an update meeting run by the Trivallis Development Team to look at the latest designs for the inside and outside of the scheme.

“I enjoy attending these meetings because they’re very informative. I like the designs, they’re very modern. I would be more than happy to live somewhere like this.” Jacky Streeter from Beddau said.

To ensure tenants are kept in the loop, the Trivallis Development Team take the time to inform them about the progress of the works. They are creating special packs for tenants, designed to answer their questions, and they also send out a quarterly newsletter with pictures and information about the site.

“We feel it’s important to keep our tenants engaged throughout the new build process, as we value their input in helping us to turn the bricks and mortar into a home that they’re proud of,” Sarah Kirton Trivallis Development Officer said.

“We’re doing our best to keep our tenants and the wider residents in the loop to make the process easier for them.”

The development, which is being completed in partnership with Morganstone, is due to be finished in Summer 2017. 

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Students design hoarding for Trivallis Construction Site

Construction company Jehu Group have started working in Rhydyfelin, on behalf of Trivallis (formerly known as RCT Homes) to build 32 apartments.

There will be a mix of one and two bedroomed flats for older persons, as well as a self contained Library which is being constructed on behalf of Rhondda Cynon Taff Council.

Jehu Group and Trivallis are committed to engaging with the local community so they are involved in and understand the construction project. Rhyianydd Jenkins, Development Manager for Trivallis will be working alongside Jehu Group’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Sian Bridge, to engage with local residents and businesses throughout the build.

To kick start the community engagement, Jehu Group partnered with Hawthorn Comprehensive School. Several students studying GCSE Art designed the hoarding for the construction site.

“Designing the site hoarding is such an important part of the project. This artwork provides the perfect first impression of our site,” Sian Bridge said.

The hand drawn piece was based on the theme Books and Reading to link directly with the construction of the library which is taking place on the site.

Jason Hicks, Head teacher of Hawthorn Comprehensive said, “We are delighted to see our talented young artists, working to develop a local community site in partnership with Trivallis and Jehu. We look forward to working with them throughout the project to deliver further community projects and offer exciting opportunities for our students.”

Over the coming months there will be lots of opportunities for local community members to learn about what work is being completed as well as visiting the construction site during a special event being held on Friday 30 September between 1.00pm – 6.00pm.

“We are really excited to have started the construction works on site, and to see the project we’ve planned become a reality. We are looking forward to working closely with the community in Rhydyfelin to ensure our new scheme blends with the existing community, and creates a place our tenants are proud to call home,” said Rhianydd Jenkins.

The constructions works are due to be completed late summer 2017.

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Search for apprentices launches

Trivallis  has launched a search for four apprentices who are looking to kick start their careers and have a passion for helping people in their local community. 

Trivallis’ Neighbourhood Services team offers a range of services to customers from helping them move in to their homes, to working with them to deliver improvements to open spaces in communities, delivering a doorstep neighbourhood service and tackling anti-social behaviour.

Based in Pontypridd, the chosen Neighbourhood Apprentices will gain real work experience from one of Wales’ largest housing organisations. They will also gain a recognised qualification in housing. The role will involve supporting the Neighbourhoods teams, getting out and about meeting tenants and assisting colleagues with administrative and customer services activities to ensure Trivallis delivers a great service to customers. 

Each apprentice will receive a dedicated mentor to monitor progress, support them in the workplace and keep their training on track every step of the way.

Trivallis is looking for applications from candidates who enjoy delivering excellent customer service, have a great attitude and enthusiasm to put customers first.  Experience in Microsoft Word, Outlook and Excel will be required along with education to GSCE level (or equivalent) and a knack for getting on with people from a range of backgrounds. Applicants will also need a full driver’s licence and the use of a car to travel to neighbourhoods across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Trivallis offers an unrivalled benefits package to employees, including 28 days holiday, a cash-back health care plan, contributory pension and flexible working.  Employees also benefit from a number of welfare initiatives including a cycle to work scheme, various sports clubs, free fruit in the office and even a lunchtime Pilates classes.

Interested applicants are invited to meet the team at an open afternoon on Thursday 11 August between 2:30 and 4:30 pm at Trivallis’ Ty Pennant Office, Mill Street, Pontypridd, CF37 2SW. The full job description and online application can be found on the ‘Careers’ page of closing date for applications is 19 August 2016 at 5pm.

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