We look after a huge amount of green space across our estates and as well as cutting the grassed areas we’ve carried out 46 projects all over the Borough cutting back bushes and hedges and tidying up areas that have become overgrown.
Although, unfortunately, the number of flyitpping incidents increased, by actively targeting perpetrators and making them responsible for their waste, the amount of waste we’ve collected and had to pay for the removal of has decreased! We’re making great use of technology (flymapper and photobook) to identify hotspot areas and are taking action against those flytipping – this varies from offering support through to recharging for removal.
We worked with pupils from Pantysgallog Primary School who created the amazing #DontWasteOurFuture video and campaign educating others on flytipping.Our Enviromental Team are continuing with their prevention work and have visited 4 schools across the Borough to date to roll out the campaign.
We took part in the Keep Wales Tidy ‘Spring Clean Campaign’ undertaking 11 litter picks throughout the Borough. Over 80 people got involved and 310 bags of rubbish along with 136 of recyclable items were collected.
We have continued to improve our tenant’s homes:
We re-developed and built 3 homes in Treharris
The site previously had a bungalow and 1 bedroomed flat this was demolished and the whole site was redesigned to include a fully adapted 4bedroomed home and two one bedroom flats.
We completed our modular homes site in Twyn
The first of their kind in Merthyr Tydfil, we bought two container/modular homes as a trial for us to assess the feasibility of this type of home as a low cost, alternative housing solution. With many people in Merthyr Tydfil being affected by issues like welfare reform, the need for MVH to provide affordable housing has never been greater.
We worked with 525 people to get them a total of over £675,721 additional income (approx. £24.75 per week) – 735 adults and 177 children have benefitted from this.
We supported over 450 households to claim Universal Credit and we launched our UC and Support Service, to continue supporting people after they’ve claimed.
We know school holidays can add to the financial pressures of any family – the extra meals and activities/childcare can really take its toll. To help ease the pressure we ran our holiday hamper scheme, giving out 58 hampers with non-perishable foods to last the 6 weeks and we ran our Summer Fun Kids Club, where 75 children took part in the free activities with transport and packed lunch provided. During Christmas 73 families benefited from our Christmas hamper scheme.
During its 3 month pilot, our Making Spaces project helped 17 people with hoarding tendencies create safer spaces in their homes and gardens which improved their overall health and wellbeing.
We worked hard to support tenants experiencing Anti-Social Behaviour. Over 80% of cases were closed due to early intervention.
We did 1,333 tenancy visits, which resulted in 49 new referrals to our Community Wellbeing Team for additional support.
We took part in the ‘Community Legacy Project’ where people could gain various skills and knowledge doing a home up to sell. 18 members of the community took part (many were tenants) and 10 left with CSCS cards.
After linking with Careers Wales, we worked with one disengaged school pupil, who volunteered with us 2 days a week on the understanding that they attended school for the other 3, which he did. They have now signed up for Level 1 Construction course in Merthyr College.
We provided 10 work placements and 3 funded work placements for disabled people – 1 person moved into permanent employment with another company. We organised a range of activities at our Community Living Schemes to help residents with issues such as loneliness, healthy eating and physical and mental wellbeing. Between 15 and 80 tenants got involved on a weekly basis.
The Trelewis Community Centre has become a real hub of activity this year, with the local tenants and residents taking part in 26 activities – some of which are run weekly, including Tae Kwon Do, work clubs and youth sessions.