Carwyn Jones visits local Salvation Army homeless Shelter, Ty Ogwr

SalvationOn Friday January 30th Assembly Member Carwyn Jones visited the Salvation Army Lifehouse, Ty Ogwr in Bridgend to meet service users and see how vulnerable people within his constituency are benefiting from the work of the Salvation Army.

Ty Ogwr opened in August 2013 and provides emergency housing and support services to help people break the cycle of homelessness. The project has been developed in partnership with Bridgend County Borough Council and Hafod Care Association with a strong emphasis on resident engagement and person centred approach. The nine members of staff at the centre provide a homely, safe environment for residents aged 18 and over, and help them access services relating to independent living, including access to 24 hour emergency on-call support response. There are currently 16 flats which provide temporary accommodation to homeless people across Bridgend.

Commenting on his visit, Carwyn Jones said “I was pleased to see the great work being done to support vulnerable adults across Bridgend County Borough at Ty Ogwr. The centre is a lifeline where people can address issues around their homelessness and make positive decisions about their future. Ty Ogwr is a great example of collaboration by the Welsh Government, Local Government and the Third Sector to deliver much needed support homeless within my own constituency.”

Due to the success of Ty Ogwr on its first year between August 2013 and August 2014 with high outcomes in all key areas, the Salvation Army are now hoping to open a Community House as move-on accommodation from T? Ogwr, with support from Bridgend local authority.