Due to the generosity of the people of Bridgend County and with help from local businesses, Bridgend Foodbank have had a busy couple of weeks sorting and distributing food over the busy Christmas period.
Staff at Valleys to Coast (V2C) filled over 50 shoeboxes full of Christmas treats to help those in surrounding communities to enjoy the festive season
Local businesses and contractors who work with V2C donated prizes for a Christmas raffle, raising a fantastic £832.07. This money will allow volunteers from Bridgend Foodbank to buy items of food desperately needed to help provide a balanced healthy diet to struggling families.
Jonathan Davies, Chairman Bridgend Foodbank trustee said “We are incredibly grateful to Valleys to Coast for donating the cash from their Christmas raffle. We would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”
Chris Randall, Utility Debt advisor at V2C commented, “We like to work as closely as possible with Bridgend Foodbank as we can see the fantastic work they do in our community. Glad we could help.”
Valleys to Coast (V2C) successfully won two awards at this year’s Welsh Housing Awards 2016. The awards are organised by Chartered Institute of Housing Cymru, to recognise and celebrate the creativity, passion and innovation of housing organisations and individuals across the breadth of the housing sector in Wales.
The first win of the night was the Collaboration Award, with the project; Bringing Emmaus to Wales.
This project focussed on partnership work involving V2C and Emmaus to develop the first Emmaus community in Wales, offering 24 rooms for companions to have a settled home following a period of homelessness. This vision resonated with V2C’s own vision of creating communities that people want to live in.
Tom Clarke, Director of Emmaus commented, ‘Nantlais offers companions the opportunity to learn to live independently within a supportive environment. Life skills, healthy eating and cooking, managing budgets are taught within the home.’ As one companion put it, ‘Emmaus gave me a bed and a reason to get up out of it’.
The second award received was the Empowering and Involving Communities Award which recognised the partnership work with the local community youth group; The Wildmill Youth Revival project.
During the summer of 2014, the announcement was made to close the local youth facility in Wildmill. This led to the community taking matters into their own hands. Debbie Bryn, a youth worker with Youth Works before it closed and others on the estate saw this as a real opportunity; they brought local people together in an action group to see that youth provision was not lost.
Debbie Bryn, Wildmill Youth volunteer commented; ‘The group were keen to work with V2C as we had worked closely with them in the past. We approached them to see how they could help us with our plan. Our commitment, ambition and drive to ensure young people have the best start became obvious and we were more than confident that the group would be able to achieve great things for the estate.’
The night was a huge success for V2C, who celebrated their win at The Vale Hotel on November the 18th. Thanks to the sponsors of the awards, United Living and Contract Services.