17th January 2023

Linc and Cii begin new partnership to drive community change in South Wales

South Wales Housing Association Linc Cymru (Linc) has partnered with the social change organisation Community Impact Initiative (Cii) to support local communities in living more prosperous lives.

The two organisations have signed a Memorandum of Understanding – an important document that’s a sign of their commitment to working towards a common cause. Together, Linc and Cii are committing to creating the right environment for people to flourish. 

The partnership between Linc and Cii is an exciting collaboration that will develop into all kinds of new initiatives. Together, the organisations will bring both social and environmental benefits to the communities of South Wales.  

Upskilling local apprentices in circular economy  

One of the first joint projects planned by Linc and Cii is to utilise the proposed redevelopment of a former school building, Lower Dyffryn School in Port Talbot, as a learning opportunity for local community members of all ages and gender, including those who are unemployed, as well as students at Neath Port Talbot College.    

Those taking part will be given real-life opportunities to grow their skills and improve confidence – something that has a significant long-term impact on people’s lives. The project plans to reuse existing materials from the school building, like parquet flooring and bricks. Materials will be restored by project participants so as they gain new skills, they’ll also be learning about the circular economy. 

Projects like this contribute towards a lower impact on the environment and help to create habits of sustainability within communities, leading to further sustainable practices being adopted in future projects. 

Bringing benefit to the wider community 

To ensure maximum benefit to the local economy and wider community, Linc and Cii will work with organisations and businesses who are committed to upholding their shared vision. Establishing long-term relationships will help to embed values and approaches in working practices throughout the supply chain, raising the standards of the whole sector and the region. 

As Cii and Linc continue to work together, effective, well supported, community-focused initiatives will be developed, enabling engagement and progress in communities looking towards the future. The partnership’s legacy will be positive socio-economic and environmental change in the communities of South Wales they support. 

Trystan Jones, CEO of Community Impact Initiative said:  

“Our Memorandum of Understanding with Linc demonstrates a mutual understanding and commitment to supporting local communities through the creation of skill development and learning opportunities.  

“By providing a safe and empathetic learning environment, we can support people to improve their health and wellbeing, build their confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills, achieve qualifications, and make positive life improvements.” 

Natalie Hawkins, Community Regeneration Manager at Linc said: 

“When local people are involved in community projects it encourages a sense of pride and belonging. Projects like this help to embed a culture of place-making, improving physical and mental health and wellbeing, and driving forward our commitment to a more sustainable Wales. 

“Partnering with Cii will help Linc’s residents connect with each other and the community as we all work to reduce our impact on the environment, build communities and give people a safe place to live and flourish.  

“Working in collaboration with other organisations is important to Linc as it helps share knowledge and experience to bring progress and innovation. We’re excited to begin this relationship with Cii to bring the best for our community and the environment.” 



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