CREW Newsletter September 2016

September 2016

On the 14th of April, the consortium of Bron Afon Community Housing, Cartrefi Conwy and the Coastal Housing Group announced their intention to re-launch CREW. This followed the termination of Welsh Government funding at the end of the 2015 – 2016 financial year for the CREW organisation that was part of the Community Housing Cymru Group. CREW was founded in 2009, following a report to the then Deputy Minister for Regeneration, and sought successfully to serve the regeneration sector in Wales for over six years.


In the Consortium’s announcement, which is attached as Appendix 1 to this Newsletter, they state their commitment to CREW continuing to serve the interests of the broad cross sector of regeneration practitioners throughout Wales. In this context it will seek to develop and share leading community led regeneration practice that is evidence based and delivered locally, drawing on the ideas and expertise of practitioners and academic researchers from all over the World.


The initial focus on the work of CREW will now be on preservation and development of the existing networks; maintaining the website; organising events; and communicating with practitioners throughout Wales. YOUR close and committed involvement in all of these activities is crucial to the success of CREW and is future development.


This regular Newsletter will also be accompanied by a listing of events being held by CREW, its partner organisations and others, which are relevant to the regeneration agenda in Wales. The first schedule is attached as Appendix 2 to this Newsletter. It may not be totally comprehensive, so YOUare invited to inform CREW of any future events that you consider relevant to the regeneration agenda in Wales Please note the first CREW Conference, “Sustaining Welsh Communities”, being held on Monday 26thof September 2016 at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park.


You are also invited to comment on the format and content of the regular Newsletter. It is here to serve and communicate with you.


Appendix 1: Announcement of the re-launch of CREW. 14thApril 2016.


I am writing to tell you about the re-launch of CREW (Centre for Regeneration and Excellence) from the 1stApril 2016.  Feel free to circulate this more widely if you have other networks and my apologies if you receive more than one copy.

As you may already know, CREW has been part of the Community Housing Cymru group for several years and was been funded by Welsh Government to support their regeneration programme.   This funding came to an end on 31stMarch 2016.


Back in the autumn of 2015, CHC invited proposals for the future of CREW and a consortium of three housing associations put forward proposals to carry on the work of CREW funded by small contributions from them. 


We made the proposal to continue CREW not because we wanted CREW to be a housing regeneration agency; we don’t.  We made it because the survival of our tenants and our organisations is dependent on the future sustainability of the communities in Wales.  Our housing is in some of the most deprived communities that are the most challenged.


We want CREW to now go back to its roots, as an organisation that works with you and other partners from all sectors to develop and share leading community led regeneration practice that is evidence based and delivered locally, drawing on the ideas and expertise of practitioners and academic researchers from all over the World.


We want to preserve and develop the networks that CREW have developed and the resource material that CREW has produced and collected and keep this material available for public use on the website.


In the short term, CREW is dependent on a small amount of funding from our three organisations to maintain the website and the networks and organise events. In the longer term we want to rebuild CREW into something bigger with a bigger reach and greater impact.  Please bear with us while we rejig the previous arrangements, set up contact details and change the details on the website to update them. 


In a short while you will be getting an invite to a conference about regenerating and sustaining our Communities in Wales, which will be the first event for the re-launched CREW.  I hope you will be able to attend.  We will be focusing on what interventions we should all make to sustain some of the most isolated and deprived communities in Wales and what private, public and third sector partners can do. In particular, we want your thoughts on the role that CREW can play in future.


We will be setting up separate contact arrangements for CREW with a new email address but in the meantime if you have any queries about what is being planned do not hesitate to contact one of us.


Andrew Bowden, Cartrefi Conwy    (

Debbie Green, Coastal Housing Group  (

Duncan Forbes, Bron Afon Community Housing (


Appendix 2: Regeneration Events Schedule – from September 2016


06 / 07 September:School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University: 2016 UK-Ireland Planning Research Conference – “Planning for Future Generations”; at The Glamorgan Building, Cardiff University. Details:


07 / 08 September:“Wales Biodiversity Partnership Conference” at Bangor University. For more details contact Shaun McHugh e-mail


08 September: University of Cardiff “Aberfan – Remembering, Forgetting and Moving On: A Discussion” Birt Acres Lecture Theatre, Bute building, King Edward VII Avenue,
Cardiff 9.00 – 18.00. Details and registration:


12 September: CHC Housing-led Regeneration Networkmeeting at Newport City Homes, Nexus House, Mission Court, Newport 9.30 – 16.00. Details & register:


14 September: “Creatively tackling urban and rural housing shortages in Wales” 9.45 – 17.00 at the Lysaght Institute, Orb Drive, Newport, NP19 0RA. FREE. Information & booking:   


15 September: Community EnergyWales“New Horizons - different ways community energy organisations are revolutionising the way we consume and use energy”.At Neuadd Ogwen - Ffordd Bangor, Bethesda, LL57 3AN, 10.00 – 16.00. Free to £85. Booking and programme:


19 September: CIH Cymru: “Community Regeneration – Engagement and Involvement” with Barbara Castle OBE. At Coastal Housing Group, Swansea, 9.30 – 12.00 noon. Free to members; £49 (+VAT) for non-members. Further details:


20 September: Planning Aid Wales“Place Plans – from concept to reality” at Station Court, Colwyn Bay. 12.30 – 15.45. A networking event for planners, place makers and community representatives. Information and booking details:


22 September: ICE Wales Cymru“Electrification of the London – Cardiff – Swansea Railway Line” at the Trevithick Lecture Theatre (T2/09), Cardiff School of Engineering, The Parade, Cardiff. 17.30 – 19.30 FREE. Information:


22 September: Renewable UK Wales / Welsh Government“Smart Energy Wales – storage, grid and living” at the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. 9.30 – 16.30. Delgate fees £0 - £59.99. Details & booking:


24 September: Design Circle RSAW (South Wales)“Metro Urban Density - A collaborative exploration into future Cardiff Capital Region Metro sites”. Based in Cardiff Bay 9.45 – 20.00 with organised vehicle visits to selected sites. Information and booking:


26 September:CREW: “Sustaining Welsh Communities” at BT Sport Cardiff Arms Park, Westgate Street, Cardiff, 9.15 – 16.15. Keynote speakers include Sophie Howe (Future Generations Commissioner)

For more details and booking:


06/07 October: Community Housing Cymru “One Big Housing Conference” at Metropole Hotel, Temple Street, Llandrindod Wells, Powys. Booking and details:


05 October: CIWM “Green Energy versus Environmental Protection” at Swansea University School of Management, Fabian Way, Skewen. 17.30 – 19.30 FREE. Details:


11 October:ICE Wales Cymru“Greener Grangetown - Detailed Design into Practice: Concept to Reality” At the Trevithick Lecture Theatre (T2/09), Cardiff School of Engineering, The Parade, Cardiff. 17.30 – 19.30 FREE. Information:


12 October: Design Commission Wales“Places for Life Conference” at Cardiff and Vale College - City Centre Campus Dumballs Road, CF10 5FE9.00 – 17.00 £45 - £98. Details:


13 October: ICE Wales Cymru“Tidal Lagoons – Swansea Bay and beyond” 18.00 – 20.00 at Kinmel Manor Hotel and Spa, St George's Road, Abergele, Conwy. FREE:


20 October: CIH Cymru “The Big Question – Does Welsh Housing Need to Change to Succeed?” at Cardiff Marriott Hotel £199 +VAT members; £249 + VAT non members. Information:


20 October: WEFO “ E.U. Structural Funds Programme Annual event”. At the SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff. Timing and programme to be confirmed – details to follow.


25 October: Cardiff University “Food Policy as Public Policy” Professors Kevin Morgan & Terry Marsden at Committee Rooms 1 & 2, Glamorgan building, King Edward VII Avenue, Cardiff. 17.30 – 20.00 FREE. Details and booking:


17 November: ICE Wales Cymru “Wales Annual Transport Conference” at Novotel, Schooner Way, Cardiff. 8.30 – 16.30. From £45+VAT. Details & booking:


02 December RSAW: “Annual Conference - A time for Place Making” at the Hoddinot Hall, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. 9.30 – 17.00. Programme and details to follow.