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Fresh start as former housing office becomes community hub

 

Published 13 May 2015

 

The former housing office on Aberaeron Close, Gibbonsdown is to be leased to All Youth Matters for the use of the whole Vale community.

 

Aberaeron-Close-CentreFunding from the Welsh Government’s Tackling Poverty fund will be used to create a modern venue that includes state of the art IT facilities and free Wi-Fi, which will be extended to homes within a short radius as part of a pilot scheme.

The hub will also feature a remodelled kitchen facility to allow healthy eating and budget cooking demonstrations, and office and meeting room space for one-on-one meetings and group activities.

 

Following consultation with tenants and local groups, it was agreed that the building should become a community hub giving greater access to education and employment, focusing on digital inclusion, financial inclusion and fuel poverty, and offering increased access to Council services.

 

Cllr Bronwen Brooks, cabinet member for Housing, said: “This is an exciting development for residents in the Gibbonsdown area with the primary aim of reducing poverty, especially persistent poverty amongst some of our poorest people and communities, and reducing the likelihood that people will become poor. This holistic approach utilising a range of new and existing services can only help to mitigate the wider impact of the welfare reforms and increase and maximise opportunities for all residents.”

 

Formerly known as the Penarth Youth Project, All Youth Matters, a not-for-profit third sector organisation, will manage the building and facilitate a range of projects focusing on digital inclusion, financial inclusion and employment.

The building will also host the Council’s Energy Advice Officer, who will be able to use built in demonstration fittings for energy saving advice and ideas.

 

The office at Aberaeron Close had been empty for a number of years following the need for its former occupant, Communities First, to move to a larger building.