On Thursday 28 June, The Wallich and Jayne Bryant AM, the representative for Newport West, cut the ribbon to a new drop-in centre for people experiencing homelessness.
The launch event was well-attended by representatives from partner agencies, the council, Gwent police, local business leaders as well as Assembly Members.
You can now find our specialist homelessness services at:
Queens School House
The Wallich centre houses four key services for people who are homeless or vulnerably-housed in Newport:
Newport Rough Sleepers Intervention Team (RSIT)
The RSIT goes out onto the streets every morning to give hot food, advice and support to people who have slept rough the previous night.
The team then invites people to the drop-in centre, where they can access a phone, the internet, make appointments, receive post and get advice and referrals to appropriate support from specially-trained staff.
Newport Prisoner Release Empowerment Project (PREP)
Supporting prison leavers who are local to Newport, and could be potentially homeless on release, to secure accommodation and support.
For sustainability, we support people to reconnect with family, identify priority need, address specific physical, or mental health needs or any substance misuse issues.
Building Opportunities Skills and Success (BOSS) Project
BOSS aims to re-integrate ex-offenders into their communities by getting people the skills, qualifications, confidence and support they need to gain employment or set up their own business. We offer employability and entrepreneurship training and work placements.
We also work with businesses to promote the benefits of employing ex-offenders and to tackle the negative stigma of a criminal record.
Jayne Bryant AM for Newport West said:
“Homelessness is on the rise in cities and towns around the U.K. and sadly Newport is no exception. Today’s opening of the centre is a good example of the community, businesses, voluntary groups and other agencies coming together to provide support for vulnerable people.”
Lindsay Cordery-Bruce, chief executive of The Wallich, said:
“There is considerable will and sympathy in government, at local and national levels, to tackle the issue but the number of people sleeping on our streets is still increasing. It’s vital that we continue to come up with innovative new solutions and make sure that the good work already happening can continue.”
Beyond Newport and across Wales, we work with more than 8,000 people every year. It is our mission to get people off the streets, keep people off the streets and create opportunities for people. Our services in Newport are a shining example of the diverse homelessness services that The Wallich has to offer.