We support a variety of organisations:
Blackwood Street Pastors
Crafts for Everyone
Baptist missionary Society
House of Joy
The Ugly Duckling Company
Blackwood Food Bank
Caerphilly Churches Night Shelter
For more information on any of these - see below!
Crafts for Everyone - here
Baptist Missionary Society - link
House of Joy - link
The Ugly Duckling Company - link
Barnabas Fund - link
Tear Fund - link
World Vision - link
Blackwood Baptist Church - Mount Pleasant Link
“A Place of Change” Parkview Project
is a supported accommodation project in Blackwood, Gwent. It contains eight self-contained
flats for people who are homeless and have already successfully completed an
alcohol/substance detox programme and who are not dependant on substitute
medication. The project works positively with the Service Users as a place of
change to gain skills and to establish accommodation back within the community.
project is staffed 24 hours per day, 7 days a week. Support Workers at the
project key-work each Resident to address their individual support needs such
as budgeting, health, relationship issues, life and tenancy skills, work,
education and training. The main aim of the project is to address the Service
users’ accommodation issues and to move Residents on towards independent living
whilst supporting each individual to prevent relapse and gain new skills to
reinforce a more positive lifestyle.
renovation work has been undertaken on the building to create the high quality
flats, staff offices and activities room. Our housing partner in this new
venture is Charter Housing Association who also own the project building. The
project is funded by the Welsh Assembly Government through the Caerphilly
Supporting People Team. The project opened on the 14th of December 2009.
Blackwood Food Bank
Purpose of the Project
To distribute emergency food aid to individuals and families in short term crisis.
Tinned and dried food items are collected by members of the public, charities, churches, schools and businesses and stored for future distribution.
Clients are individuals and families who have suffered a crisis resulting in inability to purchase food for themselves or their families. The crisis is caused by a sudden change in personal circumstances. Some of the most common causes: cut or delay in benefit, refused crisis loan, delayed wages, debt, homelessness, low income, unemployment, domestic violence and sickness. The clients are referred to the food bank by partner distributors such as local authority agencies and local care professionals who hold emergency food vouchers. Although long term assistance is provided by local care agencies there is usually a gap between the client making first contact with the agency and the client’s urgent needs being met. The purpose of the food bank is to address this short term crisis until agencies are able to address the root cause.
Organisations and agencies with face to face client contact act as distributors, holding emergency food vouchers which they can give to clients in short term crisis. Distributors working with food bank projects in Wales include: benefit offices, social services departments, health visitors and organisation such as Action for children, homelessness, charities and domestic abuse services. The distributors find the food bank a lifeline and working together with food bank they are able to provide full services to clients from the first contact through to the client’s case being resolved.
The Foodbank Centre
When the clients arrive in the centre they find a safe, comfortable environment where they can enjoy a hot drink or snack as their food is being collated by the food bank volunteers. Through an informational chat with the client, food bank volunteers can assess further needs and signpost clients to appropriate support services.
The food bank uses the skills of the volunteers from a diverse range of backgrounds and abilities. Volunteers are supported with training and experience with a view to maximising their employment potential. All volunteers are valued members of the food bank team.
Contact: Mr G. Spencer – Mobile: 07581 655510 – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org