Last Friday, The Wallich officially opened a brand-new Learning Centre, on Pendyris Street Cardiff.

The Learning Centre is home to The BOSS Project, Smart Skills and RSVP which are all Learning and Employability projects aimed at developing skills, confidence and opportunities for our service users.

Sian David, Head of Participation and Progression at the Wallich said: “We are thrilled to open our Learning Centre which provides a dedicated resource for our residents and service users to engage in learning and employment opportunities in a welcoming and supportive space.”

The Learning Centre will act as a Hub for service users to gain qualifications, meet employers, practice and developing new or existing skills and gain the confidence needed to get into employment.

BOSS and Smart Skills

The BOSS Project is a new South Wales wide Big Lottery Fund project which aims to assist those with offending backgrounds into sustainable employment and offers support and training around enterprise.

Ellie Pearson, Project Manager of BOSS Project (Building Opportunities, Skills and Success) said: “It was a fantastic day to officially open our Learning Centre and invite agencies and service users to come and network with a view of forming new and mutually beneficial working relationships.”

Smart Skills Project, is funded by ESF via WCVA. The project assists people who are long-term unemployed or economically inactive, who wish to receive support to move towards employment.


The Learning Centre is also home to RSVP, which is The Wallich’s Resident’s and Service Users Volunteer Programme, the scheme is designed to encourage our service users to volunteer whilst learning and refreshing new or existing skills and become involved in their local communities.

Peer Mentors

Our very own Peer Mentors and Volunteers Lawrence, Kelly, Anthony and Scott, alongside staff from the Learning Centre, hosted the event and represented The Wallich to audience of potential service users, agencies, employers, representatives from our Prison partners and Welsh Government representatives, about the exciting opportunities that are available from our Learning Centre.

Assembly Minister support

David Melding AM, Welsh Conservative’s Spokesperson for Environment and Sustainability, and for Planning and Housing came along to find out more about the project and said it was “fantastic”.

Tom Hoyles, Community Engagement Officer for office of Stephen Doughty MP (Labour and Co-operative MP for Cardiff South and Penarth) also came to find out more and is now arranging for Stephen to visit projects and find out more about the BOSS project.

Thank you to everyone who attended the open day, we look forward to working with you in the future.

If you would like to find out more about any of our projects at the Learning Centre, please contact us on: 02921 674381

Pictured: Ellie Pearson, Sian David, Liz Watkins and Antonia Watson CEO of The Wallich.