Housing Associations Explore Closer Collaboration

Press Release

The voluntary Boards of both Tai Ceredigion, based in Lampeter and Aberystwyth and Mid-Wales Housing Association, based in Newtown, are pleased to announce that they have started on a journey of exploring closer collaboration between the two landlords. The two Housing Associations have already been working together on property maintenance and future planned joint procurement projects.

Peter Swanson, Chair of Mid-Wales Housing Association said “Our overall purpose is to offer enhanced services to our residents and communities, growing the financial strength of the business, and reinvesting any efficiency gains into improving services. Bilingualism is a fundamental element of this proposal”

Karen Oliver, Chair of Tai Ceredigion emphasised that “We have been busy managing, upgrading and providing innovative high quality housing solutions for people in West Wales since 2009.  The objectives of working together are to develop even more affordable homes, and to provide greater employment and training opportunities for our staff and tenants, within the Mid and West Wales Region”, adding that “Partnership working could bring exciting new opportunities for tenants, employees and contractors”

The two Associations will be looking at a range of options to increase collaboration over the next 12 to 18 months and are committed to involving their tenants, staff and key stakeholders in that discussion.

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Mid-Wales Housing provides homes for people in need.  The Association currently has over 1,700 homes in management throughout Mid-Wales.  Visit www.mid-walesha.co.uk

Tai Ceredigion is the locally-based, not-for-profit housing association that works in close partnership with the council and other partners operating in the area to help meet the needs of Ceredigion’s tenants, residents and leaseholders.  It currently employs 143 members of staff.

Tai Ceredigion has 2263 rented homes and 130 leasehold dwellings that were previously owned and maintained by Ceredigion County Council. These homes are maintained by an in house Medra Maintenance Team and have been brought up to the Welsh Housing Quality Standard.

  1. Tai Ceredigion has charitable status, ensuring that more income can be ploughed back into improving tenants’ homes and running the housing service.
  2. The transfer was approved by the majority of tenants that voted and unlocks a huge increase in available funds for planned maintenance, property improvements and in the longer term new-build homes for local people.
  3. Tai Ceredigion consults with tenants and leaseholders on the delivery its improvement and development programme.

For further information please contact:

Alwena Richards,

Mid-Wales Housing Association Ltd

Tel: 01686 620540

arichards@mid-walesha.co.uk

Janice Thomas,

PR, Communications and Marketing Advisor for Tai Ceredigion

Tel: 01570424392

janice.thomas@taiceredigion.cymru

Chair's Joint Statement

Statement from the chairs of Mid-Wales and Tai Ceredigion HAs

Following a seminar attended by voluntary Board members from both Tai Ceredigion and Mid-Wales Housing Association held on 20th January 2018, the Chairpersons of both associations have issued the following public statement to their staff, their key stakeholders, their tenants and the wider communities they serve:

The voluntary Boards of Tai Ceredigion and Mid-Wales Housing associations are pleased to announce that they have started on a journey of exploring closer collaboration between the two landlords. The two associations have already been working together on property maintenance and future planned joint procurement projects.

Our overall purpose is to offer enhanced bilingual services to our residents and communities, growing the financial strength of the business, and reinvesting any efficiency gains into improving services.

The objectives of working together are to develop more affordable homes, and to provide greater employment and training opportunities, for our staff and tenants, within the Mid and West Wales Region.

We see that there are number of advantages to working in partnership.

We will look at a range of options to increase our collaboration over the next 12 - 18 months and are committed to involving tenants, staff and key stakeholders in that discussion.

Peter Swanson, Chair of Mid-Wales Housing Association & Karen Oliver, Chair of Tai Ceredigion.

Download the Chair's Joint Statement as a PDF by clicking here.

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