Tai Calon Community Housing

Joint Winner: Campaign for Learning Networked for Learning - SME

Tai Calon is a not-for-profit housing association with a vision of ‘creating homes and communities where people are proud to live’.

Tai Calon’s Learning at Work Week brought staff together to network and learn and support the organisation’s goals and vision. The housing association is working towards dementia friendly status and are also encouraging staff to learn the Welsh language ahead of the implementation of the Welsh language standards across Wales. As part of a wider workplace transformation, Tai Calon is also aiming to improve digital literacy across the community. A high percentage of colleagues are based in the community so Learning at Work Week was an opportunity for community and office based staff to meet and get involved in activities together.

A group of colleagues from across the organisation was formed to support planning and engage peers in the week. Staff were also invited to make suggestions for activities which were promoted under the banner ‘Learning today, leading tomorrow’.

Sessions were run at different times during the day to ensure that all staff were able to attend. To support Welsh language learning, the housing association put on a coffee morning attended by pupils from the local Welsh school who were invited to help staff learn the language. A collaborative event with CARIAD service and Alzheimer’s society raised awareness of dementia and the services available. Colleagues took part in internet safety awareness sessions, delivered by the head of IT as an introduction to digital literacy. Other activities that brought colleagues together to learn included a local heritage talk and walk by a local archaeologist and an opportunity to make a hanging basket with the in house ‘green earth’ team. A free networking breakfast with conversation cards was designed to get everyone talking.

Tai Calon's Learning at Work Week has provided colleagues with opportunities to make connections across the organisation, learn something new and build confidence in areas important to their work. Staff have expressed how much they value meeting colleagues they hadn’t met before and the time to have conversations and learn together. There is more understanding of dementia and colleagues feel better equipped to direct people to support services. Dementia awareness has become part of the induction process and more people have expressed an interest in becoming champions. The organisation has formed a closer relationship with the Welsh school and colleagues have signed up to learn Welsh, which will support the organisation’s implementing the Welsh language standards.