Our Chief Executive; Donna Baddeley joined the Wallich team to deliver humanitarian aid, support and advice to people that are sleeping rough or are vulnerably housed within Bridgend.
An early morning breakfast run saw experienced staff support those in need by providing them with breakfast, hot drinks, sleeping bags, warm clothing and toiletries.
The team offer a wide range of advice and signpost them to access the most appropriate, relevant and often specialist services, these include housing advice, benefit advice and referrals to supported accommodation, healthcare and substance misuse centres.
The drop-in centre is located at 10 Park Street and provides a safe environment off the street. There is access to a dedicated solutions worker, washing machine, dryer, shower, clothes bank, telephone, computer, help to complete forms, and applications for them to use.
Donna commented: “As more and more funding is withdrawn from public services, the pressure to fill the gaps for the most vulnerable in society increasingly falls on our shoulders. In order to maximise our impact, we are keen to seek out and collaborate with partners across all sectors. Thank you to the Wallich for letting me help alongside their rough sleepers intervention team this morning, it was great to see the amazing work that their doing.”
If you are concerned about someone you have seen sleeping rough, you can use the StreetLink app or website to send an alert: www.streetlink.org.uk The details you provide are sent to the local authority or outreach support who will look to find the individual and connect them to support.
We will helping the local authority and the wider community within Bridgend to support the workers at the Ford factory. We intend to maximise our impact, by seeking out and collaborating with partners across all sectors thereby working with different types of organisations and agencies.
We are currently supporting the Job Centre who have instigated their rapid response team, that helps deal with large scale redundancies such as those being experienced at Ford, and in doing so have assigned a member of the team to Ford on a permanent basis.
We’re also working closely with Bridgend Council on housing and housing related support initiatives together with seeking out short and long term approaches to redeveloping the town centre; which will help towards the wider effects on the local economy.
We have committed to be present at all planned support events at the plant and are ready to find more creative ways to provide better results for our customers and the community.
We are also offering those affected, the opportunity to visit our office at Nolton Court, Nolton Street every Tuesday between 10 – 4pm where our team is available to help anyone having difficulty keeping up with their payments. We will also be offering advice on how to manage money, and helping people to apply for benefits that they may be entitled to.
Donna Baddeley, our Chief Executive commented, “We are committed to contributing to the local economy and community infrastructure. As the largest landlord and one of the largest employers in Bridgend we understand the importance of being ambitious for our customers and communities and we will unreservedly promote the local area in order to attract investment, build confidence, create opportunities and produce long lasting outcomes for the region. We’ll do all that we can; we want everyone to succeed.”
Julie James AM, Welsh Minister for Housing and Local Government, visited Bridgend to see first-hand how we, in partnership with Wernick, are delivering social housing to the area.
Julie attended one of the two sites in Bridgend where modular homes are nearing completion. Huw Irranca-Davies, Assembly Member for Ogmore - also in attendance - later discussed the visit and the project’s potential at a Welsh Assembly Business meeting.
£35m of funding for innovative housing in Wales was announced by Julie James AM in February 2019. Support from the ‘Innovative Housing Programme’ is available to housing associations, councils and other organisations.
Innovation developed through the programme will help to inform how homes are built in Wales in the future. The project will also contribute to the 20,000 affordable homes target set by Welsh Government.
Modules for the eight new homes were manufactured at Wernick Buildings, Kenfig before being combined on site to form a complete house. Production took as little as three weeks and modules arrived on site with appliances, heating and electrics pre-fitted.
Once complete, brick cladding and trussed roofs will render the new homes indistinguishable from their traditionally constructed counterparts.
Julie James AM said: “Our £90m Innovative Housing Programme is a test bed for innovation in housing, and demonstrates our ambition to provide more, better quality homes for people while creating jobs and training opportunities in their communities too.”
Ben Wernick, Managing Director of Wernick Buildings added: “This project is a great demonstration of the benefits of offsite construction. Residents will be able to enjoy high quality, high-performance homes, with the added benefit of a reduced construction programme.”