Ty Iolo Welcomes Visit from Jane Hutt
04 December 2014
Jane Hutt AM and Cabinet Member Cllr Bronwen Brooks paid a visit to Ty Iolo hostel in Barry last week to observe how, between the efforts of Council staff, residents, and third sector organisations, it is increasingly becoming an important part of its local community.
The hostel has opened its doors to numerous third sector organisations that come in to provide support and activities for residents and members of the local community, including Flying Start drop-ins and Shine’s Stay and Play sessions.
Individuals can also seek advice on debt and benefit issues at the CAB and Cardiff and Vale Credit Union drop-ins, and Ty Iolo has even been helping residents build self-confidence and employability skills by establishing courses such as First Aid, Computer Literacy and DIY.
But one of the most popular initiatives has been the Food Co-op, where individuals can buy reduced price fresh fruit and veg from a local supplier, which fits in well with other activities on offer such as the Weight Management Sessions, and a 10-week cooking course run by Communities First.
Ty Iolo has improved vastly over the years, and has seen its reputation in the local area blossom. Cllr Bronwen Brooks, Cabinet Member for Housing Services, remarked how she “used to receive a lot of complaints from residents in the local area regarding the hostel, but in recent years these complaints have almost entirely ceased.”
A spokesperson for Ty Iolo said: “We are currently looking into developing Ty Iolo into a “Community Hub” in which residents of both the hostel and the Vale more widely are able to access advice and support services for a wide range of issues.”
For more information on any of the initiatives above, contact Ty Iolo hostel on 01446 721534.