Stephen Kinnock MP visits The Wallich homelessness support in Port Talbot

23 Feb 2024

Shadow Immigration Minister Stephen Kinnock MP paid a visit to The Wallich’s staff and service users in NPT

Mr Kinnock has been serving as the MP for Aberavon since 2015 and since 2022 he has been Shadow Minister for Immigration.

Staff, clients and Stephen Kinnock group picture

Homelessness in Neath Port Talbot

The county estimates an average of 220 and 240 people presenting to homelessness services per month.

By the end of this financial year, the council expects to see approximately 2,600 people experiencing homelessness in the local authority.

Elizabeth Crowther, The Wallich Services Manager for Neath Port Talbot, said, “It’s really important that our local representatives and decision-makers meet people we support.

“I’m so proud of everyone who spoke to Stephen about the realities they face and the stressful decisions they have to make every day to get on with their lives.

“When you’re displaced from your home, it feels like your life is put on hold. Our dedicated staff are there to advocate for people when times are tough and help them move forward.”

The Shadow Minister’s visit

On 2 Feb 2024, Mr Kinnock was invited to speak to The Wallich staff and service users.

The Shadow Minister and his colleagues sat down to discuss key topics over a brunch buffet.

We discussed:

My Kinnock said, “It was insightful to hear from some of those experiencing homelessness in Port Talbot about the issues they face, and to hear from staff about the incredible work they are doing to reduce homelessness locally.

“I commend each and every member of the team for their inspiring work.”

Stephen Kinnock talking to staff members and a client

The Wallich support: NPT PAWS

The Wallich works closely with the local authority to help people affected.

NPT Prevention and Wellbeing Service (PAWS) has a caseload of more than 300 individuals and families needing housing-related support.

The project also helps people boost their skills to live independently and ensure their tenancies are sustainable.

Taking a solutions-based approach, we offer access to education, training, wellbeing, health and voluntary opportunities.

The project also has a dedicated support worker for the Gypsy, Roma, and Traveller Community.

Ty Raena supported accommodation

The Wallich’s Ty Raena building has 12 fully furnished studio flats accompanied by tailored, trauma informed support from experienced staff.

Residents are offered a range of opportunities to help build their skills, confidence and ability to live independently such as:

They are also encouraged to share their knowledge with fellow residents by leading courses.

If you’re an MP, Member of Senedd or other stakeholder in your local community, and would like to visit one of The Wallich projects get in touch to find out more:

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