Christmas Support & Festive Cheer

We understand that the festive season can be challenging for many. We know that people are struggling with the cost of living crisis and energy bills rising.  Our RHA Wales colleagues worked hard to fundraise during 2023 to ensure we are able to help to offer some festive cheer this Christmas.

Our festive hampers are offered to those identified by our Housing and Payment Advisors as well as offering everyone into help themselves to our community fridges.

The festive hampers include:

* Items for Christmas dinner

* Treats for families like selection boxes, chocolates and mince pies

* Food cupboard staples to batch cook

*Pet food for furry companions

*Toiletries, sanitary products and home essentials

We’re also providing winter warm packs are through funding from the local authority. Our front line staff  identify those in need, and offer to those struggling with heating or aren’t appropriately clothed for the cold weather.

Through working with generous partners we have donated the hampers this week to tenants and community members, our colleagues and our awesome tenant volunteers made sure hampers were delivered to doorsteps in time for Christmas. Ensuring those in need were provided with festive food and gifts for their children, it’s been lovely to brighten Christmas day for those who need a helping hand.

We would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and thank you all for your donation, support and volunteering.

Fundraising and working with partners and awesome volunteers to donate almost 100 hampers to those in need this Christmas!

They did it!

We are incredibly proud of our staff, tenants and volunteers who walked massive 21 miles, from Tonypandy to Cardiff on Thursday 20th of July, to raise funds for food donations to help those in need this winter season.

Through your generous support, donations, and sponsorship then we can support even more people this year. A massive well done to our colleagues from Finance, Maintenance, IT, Com Dev, Development and Customer Advice and everyone who helped with our fundraising efforts.

They have raised over £3000, and donations are still coming in! 

We actively support community members and tenants each and every week and now, for the fifth year running we wanted to fundraise to help provide even more food hampers in Winter 2023. In December 2022 we provided 90 food hampers through the money raised by our colleagues who worked hard doing a 24 hour Danceathon. This year, thanks to your generousity we can help even more people in our communities.

 

CLICK HERE TO DONATE &  GET UPDATES ON OUR JUST GIVING FUNDRAISING 

We are proud to have worked in partnership with Cwm Taf Local Health Board & Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council on our New hospital discharge facility provision through working in partnership to provide essential and much needed hospital discharge accommodation.

Dan Yr Allt, in Rhydeflin was developed by P&P Building and Roofing Contractors Utilising land owned by RHA Wales.  Our collaborative approach enabled us to design and develop an adapted property alleviating hospital bed demand on the NHS and providing individuals with adaptions to ensure independent living can be achieved and quality of life improved.

A funding package of ICF, HCF and private finance from RHA enabled delivery of this project. Overall project cost for land, build and associated fees were circa £600k with a grant funding package of around 60% to support delivery of the scheme with the balance funded by RHA Wales. This new home enables individuals to move from a hospital setting to an accessible and suitable property, whilst they complete their recovery journey and/or until they are ready to return to their own home full time or until permanent suitable accommodation is identified for them.

 

The two-bedroom bungalow is suitable for one person and an additional bedroom for a family member or carer. It comprises of a fully adapted kitchen and bathroom, tracked hoist system, power assisted doors, external scooter store and level access all around the property to enable the occupants to easily access external areas and enjoy the peaceful and tranquil setting that surrounds the bungalow.

Designed and built to be non-fossil fuel, the property meets EPC A standard utilising air source heat pump and solar pv as opposed to traditional methods, WDQR – Beautiful Homes and Spaces Standards and Lifetime Homes Standard.

The long-term aim is that the property is a model for what can be delivered by working collaboratively with health, housing as in Local Authority and RSL. Often these sorts of initiatives are considered on large scale builds, what we have demonstrated together is small builds like our Dan Yr Allt project can have a big impact and play a part in elevating pressures on our NHS and move individuals to a more suitable setting to aid their recovery.

From a project delivery perspective, and a mixed funding model, smaller, often less financially viable projects can be delivered and improve lives. And that’s key. Without this approach the land at Dan Yr Allt would likely remain as vacant land. However, through collaboration, a shared aim we have delivered something special that will have a positive impact, and together we are providing a vital resource for hospital discharge patients to allow them to integrate back into the community whilst waiting for more permanent accommodation to be sourced.

MyRHA – new online tenant portal launches

At RHA we are always trying to improve your experience as a tenant and make life that little bit easier.

That’s why we’ve created MyRHA.

A brand-new online account which tenants log on to via our website. Accessing their account 24 hours a day to report repairs, pay rent, update their information plus so much more. The online account has been designed to make getting in touch a little easier and we hope you find it useful.

Take a look at our helpful video guide and full information HERE

 

Carbon Literacy Success

At RHA Wales we take our commitment to carbon literacy very seriously and we are proud that 100% of our staff have completed Cynnal Cymru / Sustain Wales carbon literacy training which covers how we can work together on climate change, our carbon footprint and how we can all play a vital part in protecting our planet for future generations. 

Our staff now have an awareness of the carbon dioxide costs of their work habits, everyday activities, and individual actions. They better understand how climate change is affecting them geographically and us as an overall housing sector, as well as the measures we need to take to mitigate this.
In 2022 all 73 of our staff completed the training and 50 of those are now accredited as Carbon Literate, all acquiring the knowledge and skills to lower their carbon footprint.
As an employer and a housing provider we have a responsibility to do all we can to reduce our carbon footprint, and in 2023 we aim to become a Carbon Literate Organisation, working towards achieving the Silver Accreditation by supporting the development of a Carbon Literate workforce and continuing to work with the Carbon Literacy Catrefi Cymru Network.
Climate action is important to all of us and is a globally defining challenge of our generation. As a responsible business we believe we need to invest and act to protect our future generations and the damage being caused to our planet.

Best Companies 2022 results announced!

We are very proud to announce our 2022 Best Companies results with our partners, stakeholders, tenants, and colleagues.

We have maintained our 2-star rating which recognises ‘outstanding levels of employee engagement’ and we have improved in the overall rankings which demonstrates that we genuinely value our people and have continued to ensure RHA is a great place to work.

In addition, we successfully achieved the following listings:
NO: 8 in the Top 50 UK Best Housing Associations to work for
NO: 23 in the Top 50 Welsh Companies to work for
 NO: 76 in the Top 100 UK Mid-size Companies to work for

Our Best Companies staff survey donations have raised a total of £300 for a local Foodbank, which we are proud of.

 

 

Abertonllwyd House is a prominent building located in the heart of Treherbert which was built in the 1920’s. We have owned the building since the mid-1980’s and it was previously a mix of bedsits and flats which became less in demand over time, with high void rates, meaning that the building had been empty for several years. Empty properties are a wasted resource and so we began to explore opportunities to bring this building back into use. Due to our close partnership working with RCT Council, we were able to identify an opportunity to re-purpose this building to assist the Council to meet a local housing need.

Work on this project started in October 2021 with P&P Builders with a total cost of £980,000, with the Welsh Government providing £630,000 in Social Housing Grant funding. Additional funding was secured through the Welsh Government in April 2022, which allowed the Council and RHA to redesign and redevelop the building as housing for people who have experienced homelessness in order to provide high quality accommodation that would provide an alternative to the use of temporary accommodation.

RHA is hitting the road again!

RHA is On The Road  between 26th 30th of September ’22

With the new ways of working, and it being so important you get to meet and see our staff then we are once again bringing RHA to you

We started in 2019, and this will be our 3rd  RHA on the Road and we’re really looking forward to seeing you and talking to you.

When we visit, we hope to chat to you about your priorities, your experience of increased living costs, to update you on Welsh Governments ‘Renting Homes’ Act and to ask your opinion on RHA’s future plans. So please look out for us and come and chat with us in your communities.

Check what days we’ll be in your community below:

 

 

Keep an eye on our pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Just search for @RHAWales

#GetInvolved  #RHAontheroad

We are delighted to have handed over the new homes at Clos Ewenni (formerly Innovation House) to the new tenants last week.

 

Work on this prominent new housing development in Llanharan was completed in March, with a total of 39 new affordable homes created on this former derelict site. This vibrant community has warmly welcomed our new tenants and they have access to excellent transport links and wonderful range of local amenities in an increasingly popular area.

The new scheme was built to Welsh Government standards and demonstrates our commitment to provide energy efficient affordable homes with our partners at Morganstone who worked on the construction.

The difference a safe and secure home makes to each of our new tenants is immeasurable and we wish them all every happiness as they settle in.

As part of our continuing development programme we have now safely handed a further 45 homes and would like to warmly welcome all our new tenants in Williamstown and Bryncae, Llanharan.  Provision of these new high-quality homes will make a positive difference in our communities.

 

The former Williamstown School was demolished over five years ago and the site left derelict. Working in partnership with Willis Construction we have provided 23 new affordable homes, which are a mix of houses, apartments, and adapted bungalows.

Our Bryncae phase two scheme in Llanharan saw us work in partnership with M&J Cosgrove and create 22 affordable homes which are also a mix of houses and apartments. These tenants were welcomed to this already vibrant community where we have an existing thirty two homes and four commercial properties which had been so vitally important to all the community the pandemic.

Both new schemes are built to Welsh Government standards and demonstrate our commitment to provide energy efficient affordable homes. Successful thriving tenancies are so important, and we don’t stop when the keys are handed over as we appreciate that moving into a new home can be somewhat daunting especially if it’s a tenants first home so we help each new tenant through our Get Set tenancy support project.

Never has a safe and secure home been more important and we would like to thank everyone involved in the successful completion of these developments. The joy on the tenants faces says it all.

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