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Renee Williams

Cartrefi Conwy is a Registered Social Landlord with over 3700 properties throughout the county of Conwy in North Wales. Cartrefi Conwy has 19 sheltered housing schemes throughout Conwy made up of apartments, flats and bungalows.

Before her involvement with an SP project, 76 year-old Renee Williams was isolated and lacking confidence after the death of her partner Jon. However in 2010, Renee moved into a sheltered scheme in Old Colwyn, North Wales, as she wanted to feel a part of a community and improve her health and wellbeing.

Since this time the grandmother of 11 and great grandmother of one’s life has changed significantly, encouraged by an Independent Living Coordinator to become part of the community and get involved in activities and clubs. The programmes and groups that Renee is involved with have all been in some way linked and made possible by Conwy County Borough Council Supporting People Grant  which allows housing association Cartrefi Conwy to provide Independent Living Services to older and vulnerable tenants.

Renee says that having access to the Independent Living Service has changed her life in more ways than one, including social inclusion and improving her confidence. She feels empowered to live independently but with the peace of mind that comes from her contact with her Independent Living Coordinator (ILC) when required.  She now has a true passion for life and her enthusiasm and hours of weekly involvement in her community has also had a positive effect on others to get involved, including her own sister, neighbours and residents in their community. 

Renee remains enthusiastic about learning new skills and this eagerness to learn has led to her taking an active role in various tenant groups with Cartrefi Conwy. This includes roles on their tenant forum, communications group and scrutiny panel. She even won an award for her photography work after taking part in a digital inclusion and photography course organised by Cartrefi Conwy. Her work and that of fellow group members was showcased at Venue Cymru, Llandudno last summer.  

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