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Library Court enjoys successful festive launch

Father Christmas in Rhydyfelin

Residents of Rhydyfelin came out in force to support the launch of a new Library and sheltered housing scheme in the village.

The Library Court development led by local housing association, Trivallis in partnership with both Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Jehu, launched with a visit from the new Minister for Housing and Regeneration, Rebecca Evans AM and also a Christmas Fayre in a new space earmarked for the local community.

Praise for the striking new building was high, with the Minister commenting that is was “absolutely fantastic” to see such a high quality facility so early on in her new appointment. Feedback from local residents and schools was also glowing about the impact the new library and commercial space would have for the area.

Trivallis’ chief executive, Ian Thomas said “We put the residents and the community at the heart of this development and I am very proud of that fact as I don’t think we can ever realistically put important facilities like this on the ground without having that community involvement.  What we have created as a result is a space that will benefit the whole of Rhydyfelin and surrounding areas for many years to come and a space that the whole community can be proud of.

Ian Thomas - Trivallis CEO

In addition to 32 new apartments, the scheme will also create new jobs with additional Library staff and new posts within the sheltered complex itself. The development also includes a substantial commercial space which is open for bids from local businesses and community groups. It is hoped that this will bring further benefits for residents when occupied in the New Year.

Schemes such as Library Court are part of an ongoing commitment to regeneration from Trivallis which will see two town centre regeneration schemes in Pontypridd and Aberdare in 2018/19, as well as three new build sites across Rhondda Cynon Taff.

Project lead and Trivallis development manager, Rhianydd Jenkins added “Library Court has set the standard we will strive to deliver on all our new projects. We want Trivallis to be about much more than just bricks and mortar, so it is important to us that our new developments not only fit seamlessly into communities but enhance those areas too.”

Library Court Rhydyfelin

The new £4.8. million development includes accommodation for over 55s and a community library and commercial space.

Also speaking at the event was Councillor Maureen, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, who added “The Council has worked closely with Trivallis, Rhydyfelin Library Support Group and local Elected Members to ensure the library has all the facilities the local community needs – including new spaces to meet, new IT equipment and a children’s area, on top of the improved library provision.

“It is hoped that Library Court will become a focal point in the community of Rhydyfelin, with the new and improved Library Service at its heart.

Martin Workman, Construction Director at Jehu, said: “We’re really pleased with the project at Library Close, the fantastic team approach and collaborative working ethics have resulted in a development which not only offers residents a very high standard of accommodation, but also contributes positively to the wider build environment and the regeneration of the Rhydyfelin community as a whole.”

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Christmas & New Year Office Closure

Our offices will be closed from 2:00pm on Friday 22nd December until 8:30am on Tuesday 2nd January. 

If you have an emergency repair during this time, for example no central heating or a main pipe has burst, you can call: 08456 002 231.

Routine appointments can be booked from 8:30am Tuesday 2nd January using our normal number: 03000 030 888

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all at Trivallis. 

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Library Court Christmas Fayre

Tuesday 12 December
12.00pm -  4.30pm

Join us for some festive fun to celebrate the launch of Rhydyfelin's new library.

There's lots for all the family including; Christmas crafts and stalls, carols and musical performances as well as free mince pies and festive drinks.

Santa and his reindeers will also be dropping by to say hello.

Pop in at anytime from 12.00pm to Library Court, Rhydyfelin, CF37 5NS.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Defibrillator fitted ‘at the heart of the community' in Trebanog

A public access defibrillator (PAD) has been fitted at Waen Wen Community Recreation Centre in Trebanog.

A defibrillator is a device that gives a high energy electric shock to the heart through the chest wall of someone who is in cardiac arrest.

The PAD and its protective casing was provided by local housing association, Trivallis and South Wales Police and fitted by Trivallis electricians Leighton Aylward and Christopher Hughes.

Steve Williams is Trivallis’ neighbourhood manager for the area and helped to organise the fit of the PAD. He said: “This facility means so much for the community of Trebanog. Not only could it provide a lifeline for those in desperate need but it will hopefully bring people together to learn skills and meet others who live in the area.

“It’s great to see so many organisations coming together to provide this lifeline for Trebanog, we are hoping to roll this out in other communities in the future.”

Free training on how to use the PAD is being provided by the charity Welsh Hearts, with rooms offered for use in the community centre by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council. This training will be available to staff of partner organisations who work in the area and, in the future, the people of Trebanog.

PC Nigel Bird, neighbourhood beat manager for the South Wales Police, said: “We are pleased to have purchased this PAD that is fitted at the heart of Trebanog and will be available for use by the public.

“Being able to provide this facility for the people of the town is a great example of organisations such as Trivallis, the South Wales Police, Rhondda Cynon Taf Council and Welsh Hearts working together. I really hope that many people will get involved in the training being made available so, should the need ever arise, they could possibly save a life.”

There are cameras fitted to the community centre overlooking the PAD which will help to monitor the condition of the machine and check for any inappropriate use or vandalism.

The PAD was fitted outside the community centre for use by the public. Anyone can use a PAD, providing they call the number displayed on the box to obtain the code. An advisor will then talk through the process of using the defibrillator with the caller in order to ensure effectiveness.

For more information on Trivallis and its work in communities across RCT, follow @WeAreTrivallis on Facebook and Twitter. 

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Trivallis makes top 50 list of UK’s most inclusive employers

Trivallis has been recognised as one of the top 50 employers in the UK as part of this year’s Excellence in Diversity Awards.

The list, which recognises employers that demonstrate a commitment to attracting and retaining a truly diverse workforce, achieving equality, diversity and inclusion includes major UK companies such as Sky, Age UK and the British Army.

Trivallis’ Director of Organisational Development, Maxine Wiseman, said: “To be recognised alongside such high quality organisations is great reward for the hard work and commitment of everyone here at Trivallis to make this a great place to work. Being inclusive is part of the culture we are creating here and this touches all areas of the business, not just with our staff but crucially with our customers too”

Compiled by a dedicated panel of judges, organisations on the Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers list have been scored on their performance in a range of areas within the diversity arena including age, disability, gender, LGBT, race, faith and religion.

The Inclusive Top 50 UK Employers are keeping the official rankings Top Secret for the moment, with each organisations position being officially revealed at The Excellence in Diversity Awards taking place on Thursday 30th November 2017 at The Midland Hotel, Manchester.

This is the second year that Trivallis has been recognised for this honour with the first coming in 2016, where Trivallis placed at 36 on the list and was the only Welsh housing association to be recognised. 

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