Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats visits Support Project in Brecon
On June 4th, Assembly Member for Brecon & Radnorshire, Kirsty Williams, visited our Brecon Foyer project which provides accommodation and support for young people who have experienced homelessness.
The project provides accommodation-based support service for up to six people between the ages of 16-25 who have experience of homelessness.
Mrs Williams gained an insight into the person-centred support provided at Brecon Foyer which enables individuals to develop the skills necessary to move on from the project.
Andrew Vye, our Director of Support, explained more about the project: "We encourage the young people who live here to become more empowered by focussing on promoting inclusion, encouraging aspiration and stimulating independence. Our aim is for the young people to develop confidence and skills they need to access employment or educational opportunities and in doing so become more independent."
The Leader of the Welsh Liberal Democrats was also able to hear from some of the young people who benefit from the services provided at the Foyer and how the project has benefitted their lives and also impacted the wider community.
Kirsty Williams, AM for Brecon and Radnorshire, said: "I am very grateful to Gwalia for arranging the visit to the Brecon Foyer. It was great to meet some of the people who use the service and the staff who run it. I was really inspired by what I saw. The service is making a massive difference to the people who use it. I hope it will continue to go from strength to strength."
Jordan Reid, 22, has lived at Brecon Foyer for almost 3 years and explained the impact it’s had on his life: "The staff have helped me get out of debt and secure my financial future. Supporting people-funded projects like this one are really important."
Andrew Vye continued: "Last year we were able to support 36 young people at Brecon Foyer, however with the Supporting People budget cut by £10million in Wales this year, we’ve seen a 10% reduction in our funding here and we’re doing everything we can to maintain the vital services we provide. We are delighted that Kirsty could come and spend some time with us and find out more about how supporting people funding is being used to make a real difference to people’s lives here in Brecon."