Grŵp Cynefin shortlisted for four national awards Monday 23 August 2021

A North Wales and north Powys housing association has been shortlisted for four awards by the housing sector’s professional body.

Grŵp Cynefin is among the finalists in the communications in a crisis, excellence in health and well-being, housing team of the year and working in partnership categories at the Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH) Welsh housing awards.

Winners will be announced at a virtual ceremony on 30 September.

In the communications in a crisis category, Grŵp Cynefin is one of two finalists, in recognition of its excellent communication with tenants, keeping them informed and fully supported over the past year during the pandemic.

Its work for the Arts for Health Social Prescribing Project, which takes place within the organisation’s support and wellbeing centre, HWB Dinbych, is up for the excellence in health and wellbeing award.

This project aims to improve mental health through creativity and accepts both self-referrals and GP referrals. It successfully helps participants develop their art skills in a relaxed environment while encouraging discussions with fellow group members.

Grŵp Cynefin’s welfare team has been recognised as a finalist in the housing team of the year category, for its work in securing additional household income for tenants.

The team also offers reassurance and support to help reduce tenants’ stress and anxiety, helping individuals to have greater independence and more control over their lives.

Finally, Grŵp Cynefin’s collaborative approach alongside Gwynedd Council and fellow social housing providers Adra and North Wales Housing, has been shortlisted for the working in partnership award.

Shan Lloyd Williams, chief executive at Grŵp Cynefin said: “These nominations showcase the valuable work Grŵp Cynefin has carried out over the past year to support our tenants, customers and staff.

“Being shortlisted has been a huge morale boost as well as reassuring all members of the team that what they are doing is genuinely making a positive difference to individuals and communities.

“We have invested time and money into improving our services and providing staff development. To know it’s paying dividends by a key industry body is fantastic.”

CIH is a registered charity and not-for-profit organisation with a membership spanning 20 countries and 5 continents.

It supports housing professionals to create a future in which everyone has a place to call home. CIH is the professional body for people who work in housing, the independent voice for housing and the home of professional standards.

Grŵp Cynefin, with offices based in Penygroes, Denbigh, Bala and Llangefni owns and manages 4,800 properties.

Working across North Wales and north Powys, it strives to providehigh-quality affordable homes that meet local community needs. ENDS

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