The CHS is not just about upgrading your home – we are very proud of the extra benefits it brings too, such as improving your health and well-being, and creating communities that are safer, more attractive and more sustainable for generations to come.
Research shows that improving the condition of your home will also improve your health. We are proud to be working with Hywel Dda Health Board and both Cardiff and Swansea Universities to look at further this research as part of the CHS Health Impact Study.
It’s the first study of its kind in Wales and tracks the health benefits of the works being carried out on your homes.
We carry out annual surveys with tenants during February to April to identify the benefits of the CHS works, based on:
- Housing quality and satisfaction
- Thermal comfort and fuel poverty
- Physical and Mental Health
The study compares the health of tenants living in homes at three different stages of the CHS improvement works:
- Unimproved homes where CHS works have not started
- Homes where all CHS works have been completed
- Homes where CHS works are partly complete
One of the other great aspects of the CHS is that it provides fantastic opportunities for training and employment within the local construction industry.
We have a number of training opportunities available:
Next Steps is run in partnership between Constructing Carmarthenshire Together, Lloyd and Gravell Ltd and TRJ Ltd. Every summer, Next Steps gives Carmarthenshire residents a chance to win an apprenticeship whilst gaining valuable experience on a community benefit project.
Pride In Your Patch provides training opportunities through our front and rear garden improvement schemes. People who are looking for work have the chance to work alongside our contractors carrying out the garden works, earning skills and credits that will come in useful for future employment.