11 Welsh housing associations are taking on the challenge of sponsored walks, runs or cycles during June and July in a bid to support numerous homelessness and prevention charities.
Caredig will be taking on their walking challenge on July 19th, as part of their ‘Putting your best foot forward’ challenge and will be walking in support of a local charity Exousia Trust (Zac's Place).
Housing associations taking part are Tai Calon, Stori, Cardiff Community Housing Association, Clwyd Alyn, Newydd, Bron Afon, Monmouthshire Housing Association, Melin, Cartrefi Conwy, Caredig, and Valleys to Coast.
Cath James, walk leader for Caredig, said: “We are looking forward to the challenge of putting our best foot forward for such a worthwhile cause and a charity we have worked with over several years.
As a housing association we work to make sure people feel safe and secure in their homes and have a community where they can flourish.
Zac's Place has been helping the homeless and in need since 1991 and as a team we recognise the role they also play in our community and how working together, helps the people around us.”
Each housing association has been supported by the sector’s trade body Community Housing Cymru, which has co-ordinated the walks and brought in experts from team building specialist Call of the Wild and Welsh legal firm Hugh James to advise the participants on their events.
Staff from the not-for-profit organisation, which oversees Wales’s 36 housing associations, will also be joining different walks across the country.
Stuart Ropke, chief executive at Community Housing Cymru, said: “We’re delighted to support and help coordinate this fantastic nationwide sponsored walk event.
“We’d like to thank all housing associations and their staff who will be taking part in these walks and wish them the very best of luck as they walk, run, or cycle the distance.
Homelessness and housing support services are facing a real terms cut to national funding for the year ahead, which we are extremely concerned about.
While we are continuing to push for further support of these vital services, we hope that these events will raise some invaluable and much-needed funds.
If you are able to sponsor one of the teams taking part, please do.”
Community Housing Cymru is the voice of housing associations in Wales, with its members providing almost 165,000 homes to 10 per cent of the Welsh population.