Like all housing associations, we are an increasingly complex business.
Our Board members give a lot of time and energy to make sure we achieve a balance of providing new homes and maintaining the homes we have; while meeting our social purpose and supporting the community in which we work.
To show we value the input from our Board members and hold them to account we are proposing to pay them a small annual fee. This contribution will be paid in line with the same payments other housing associations in Wales are implementing.
We would appreciate your feedback on this proposal by putting forward any questions, concerns or suggestions for consideration.
Please contact Diane Slater, our Governance Team Leader for more information or if you’d like to become a Board member then let us know.
01656 762489 Diane.Slater@v2c.org.uk F:ValleystoCoast T:@ValleystoCoast
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Donna commented: “As more and more funding is withdrawn from public services, the pressure to fill the gaps for the most vulnerable in society increasingly falls on our shoulders.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.”