A North Wales housing provider has put a new development in Rhyl to good use in support of local charities.
Grŵp Cynefin set up a community benefits programme with construction company G M Jones, which is building eight new flats for the organisation on Brighton Road.
As well as supporting local charities, the programme has provided additional training opportunities for apprentices.
The Kings Storehouse food bank received a £1,000 donation, which will be used to help build its permanent home at Rhyl Rugby Club on Vale Road.
The project also donated £1,000 to Rhyl City Strategy, which helps people with mental health conditions enter employment and build social skills. The charity is to build a kitchen and café with the funds, using the facility to help participants socialise and hold nutrition workshops.
The apprentices all gained practical work experience with G M Jones, which has delivered more than 170 weeks of training so far.
In addition, the project safeguarded six jobs and for every £1 spent on the development, an additional £1.92 was invested in the Welsh economy.
Grŵp Cynefin said it also ensured the development supported Welsh businesses, with 88% of spend on goods and services taking place in Wales.
Mike Bettany, who runs the Kings Storehouse food bank, said the donation had at “just the time”.
“At the moment, we’re in a container on the car park of Rhyl Rugby Club, but when the club moves out we are going to fit out a permanent base for the food bank,” he added. “It’s going to involve tiling, redoing the floor and purchasing freezers, and the donation will go towards that.”
Elliott Llewellyn, apprentice joiner at G M Jones, said: “A lot of people on my college course haven’t had a complex job like this to get a wide range of experience. For example, I’ve been working on stair cases, which is not a common aspect of an apprenticeship. I’ve been able to have a wide range of training on different aspects of joinery, which has really helped me expand my portfolio.”
Dewi Llwyd Evans, sustainability and regeneration manager at Grŵp Cynefin, said: “Grwp Cynefin’s slogan is ‘more than housing’ and this project is a perfect example of it.
“We’re happy to say G M Jones has far exceeded the agreed amount of training time, which will help the apprentices progress in their careers.
“Rhyl City Strategy and The Kings Storehouse are on the front line helping people in Rhyl, so we knew our donations would go a long way and have a meaningful impact.
“The project demonstrates how community benefits can be delivered effectively, and we’ll be applying more initiatives like this to our future contracts.”
The development consists of eight flats, including one that has been adapted for disability living.
Image courtesy of Grŵp Cynefin