Council Cabinet visits Support Pod
Vale of Glamorgan Council Cabinet members have visited a support centre managed by the Authority’s Learning and Skills Team.
Based on the ground floor of Golau Caredig in Broad Street, Barry, The Pod is a one-stop-shop, offering advice and assistance on a range of topics.
It provides support with debt, mental health and housing alongside employment advice and IT training and is financed through the UK Government Shared Prosperity Fund.
The aim is to give people the skills to find work and help them along that process by providing assistance with creating CVs and filling out application forms.
There is a focus on the long-term unemployed, those over 50 who have recently left work and disabled people who may face unique challenges.
Assistance is offered for people with a learning difficulty, autism and other aspects of neurodivergence to achieve their full potential.
A range of partner organisations have a presence at the pod, including Hafod Housing, Communities for Work, Business Wales, Citizens Advice, Careers Wales, and Adult Community Learning, with support available by appointment or on a drop-in basis.
Cllr Lis Burnett, Leader of the Vale of Glamorgan Council, said: “It was great to meet some of the staff and service users at T Pod to see the fantastic work that takes place there.
“This centre is a valuable resource for residents, offering help with such things as housing, employment and wellbeing.
“If you think we may be able to help you with a concern or query it’s worth popping in for a chat with the team.
“Such a facility is absolutely vital and an example of the type of service we have promised to prioritise as part of our budget-setting process.”