Ris­ing Star Alex wins na­tional award

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

A neigh­bour­hood man­age­ment trainee from Conwy has won a na­tional award.

Alexan­dra Weaver, 30, who works for hous­ing as­so­ci­a­tion Cartrefi Conwy beat off com­pe­ti­tion from across Wales to be named as a Ris­ing Star by the Char­tered In­sti­tute of Hous­ing Cymru (CIH).

The award was pre­sented at Cardiff City Hall at the or­gan­i­sa­tion’s an­nual con­fer­ence. The com­pe­ti­tion was open to any­one work­ing or study­ing in Welsh hous­ing and mak­ing a pos­i­tive con­tri­bu­tion to neigh­bour­hoods and com­mu­ni­ties in Wales.

Alex, who moved north from her home near New­port to join Cartrefi Conwy two years ago, was de­lighted to have won. She said: “It’s amaz­ing and a real boost to my ca­reer. I re­ally en­joy my role with Cartrefi Conwy. With­out my col­leagues, at all lev­els, win­ning an award such as this sim­ply would not have been pos­si­ble.

“I was vis­ited at my work­place by the panel of judges so they could ob­serve my day to day ac­tiv­i­ties such as my work with our so­cial let­ting agen­cies, our garage re-de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme and our suc­cess­ful Pas­sion for Life pro­gramme.

“We then had to write two 500 word blogs on the CIH web­site as well as take over the in­sti­tute’s twit­ter ac­count and host an hour-long ses­sion on a hous­ing-re­lated topic of my choice; I chose prob­lems with the pri­vate rented sec­tor. I wrote a blog called Break­ing the Cy­cle, giv­ing my views on home­less­ness preven­tion through part­ner­ship work­ing.”

Cartrefi Conwy Chief Ex­ec­u­tive An­drew Bow­den said: “Alex has worked ex­cep­tion­ally hard and is clearly pas­sion­ate about hous­ing and our pledge of cre­at­ing com­mu­ni­ties to be proud of. She de­serves her suc­cess and I’m de­lighted she chose to join Cartrefi Conwy.”

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