Community Challenge Day
On Tuesday 12th September, all Mid-Wales Housing Association and Care & Repair in Powys employees volunteered their time to help out with 11 charitable organisations and community projects around Powys and Ceredigion.
Over 50 members of staff between both organisations gave up a full working day to help out with local charities and community projects with duties ranging from painting, gardening, clearing pathways and providing a general helping hand. Organisations and places that benefited were the Organ Donor Memorial Garden in Aberystwyth; Maes Dyfi, Machynlleth; Park Day Centre and Plas Cae Crwn residential homes in Newtown; Ponthafren Resource Centre, Newtown; Cultivate Newtown; Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre; Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust, Newtown; Phoenix Furniture, Newtown; Youth and Community Centre, Llanfyllin; Bracken Trust, Llandrindod Wells, and Age UK, Llandrindod Wells.
Mid-Wales Housing employees were pleased to learn that their time had made a real difference to the projects they were involved with and were delighted to receive positive feedback following the day, including:
“We just can’t thank Mid-Wales Housing Group enough for their valuable help on the garden today … the garden will look so pretty in the spring.”
“We are very grateful to staff from Mid-Wales Housing Association who did a sterling job moving compost heaps to another location and spreading bark on the paths. Fantastic job.”
“Thank you so much Mid-Wales Housing and volunteers, brilliant job done.”
Mr. Shane Perkins, Chief Executive of the Mid-Wales Housing Group said, “Being part of the community is something we value and it is important to us to engage with, and get involved in the areas in which we operate. Many charitable organisations and community projects work so hard to help others and we were delighted to complete the projects and make a small but positive contribution to each of the projects during the day.”
The Association encourages and supports the professional development of employees. A number of employees have achieved, or are currently studying for Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) qualifications and membership.
Jean O’Neill, Acting Director of Customer Services successfully completed the route to fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Housing in 2017. CIH fellow membership is the highest mark of recognition and indicates that an individual has made a considerable contribution to the profession and community and has shown leadership experience in the field of housing, developing and delivering a vision, encouraging others and advancing the environment in the sector in which we operate.
Welcome to new employees
The Association welcomed a few new faces during 2017/18.
Janet Ramsay – Technical Services Manager
Alex Dawson – Senior Development Officer
Phil Jones – Maintenance Officer
Alisa Cakebread – Customer Services Advisor
Holly Jones – Customer Services Advisor
In January 2018 the Association launched its Healthy Living programme for 2018, with healthy eating and exercise initiatives to support employees towards a healthy lifestyle and work/life balance. The communication of these initiatives is extended to all organisations located at the Tŷ Canol House offices.
Future initiatives include introducing health screening days, a question and answer session with a Nutritional Therapist and a healthy BBQ event.
“The staff here are friendly and the Association is a very supportive place to work. I felt welcome as soon as I started. The training I received was great and enabled me to take on my new role with confidence. Flexible hours also mean you can be at your best by working at the perfect time for you.”
“I do think Mid-Wales Housing is a good employer and considers their employees’ needs and looks after us well.”
“One of the main things I remember when first starting my job was how welcoming and friendly people that work here are, it made starting a new job a lot less daunting!”