Pontypridd AM visits our Castle House support project in Trefforest
Assembly Member for Pontypridd, Mick Antoniw, visited our Castle House project on Friday 10th July.
Castle House provides accommodation and support for up to seven people who have experienced homelessness and are motivated to change their substance and alcohol use to make positive changes in their lives.
Andrew Vye, our Director of Housing & Support, explained more about the project: "We provide support to enable people to make positive progress on their recovery journey, gain the skills needed to prevent homelessness and find permanent accommodation. Residents are also encouraged to access a range of activities and initiatives to improve their physical, mental and emotional health and wellbeing, engage in volunteering, education and training opportunities with the aim of finding permanent work."
Mr Antoniw gained an insight into the person-centred support provided at Castle House which enables individuals to develop the skills necessary to move on from the project. Speaking about his visit Mr Antoniw said: "I’m pleased to see the progress being made in supporting the homeless has continued since my last visit two years ago. We have a duty to support the homeless and those with addiction problems and to provide support to enable them to reintegrate into society. The quality of support and the success in achieving this is commendable. I look forward to further visits and engagement with [Gwalia] to achieve the best we can for the residents and the local community."
The local AM was also able to hear from some of the people who benefit from the services provided at Castle House and how the project has benefitted their lives.
Ceri, a floating support client of Castle House said: "For a while I was living out of a tent but support from Castle House has changed that. Since coming off substances and alcohol I've worked hard to focus on making it on my own. I'm very lucky that none of the people here have given up on me. Now, I want to work and to hopefully someday support other people. I've recently worked for Keeping Children Safe Online helping them to raise funds and I believe in working to help prevent people finding themselves in a bad situation."
Mr Vye continued: "Last year we were able to support 14 people at Castle House, 7 of whom are now living in their own homes with reduced support to prepare for a more independent life, however with the Supporting People budget cut by £10million in Wales this year, we’ve seen a 5.6% reduction in our funding here and we’re doing everything we can to maintain the vital services we provide. We are delighted that Mick could come and spend some time with us and find out more about how supporting people funding is being used to make a real difference to people’s lives here in Pontypridd."