About a month ago, I attended the grand opening of the Mulligan Community Third Sector Offices. The offices are located in Western Avenue on the Bridgend Industrial Estate. Mulligan Community is local to the Bridgend area and is a non profit social enterprise set up to support families and individuals in Bridgend. Mulligan Community hope to show its support by providing Third Sector organisations with affordable office spaces to rent. It is currently home to Home Start Bridgend and Barnardos Cymru. There are a number of meeting rooms that can be hired out and three family assessment rooms.
The opening of the MC Third Sector Offices is the first step on the road to the MC Family Centre it hopes to open in late spring 2016. The aim will be to provide a Family Centre, open from Monday to Saturday, 8am-8pm that will offer a variety of support groups, facilities and services. Some of the services it will look to provide include help with employment opportunities, help on being a parent, help with relationships, help with the family, help with health and wellbeing and help with money. Mulligan Community believes in giving people, regardless of age, race or gender a second chance and the opportunities that they provide through a range of advice, counselling and support groups aim to catch people before they slide into poverty, homelessness and social exclusion.
The Directors of the Mulligan Community, Amanda and Ed Kirk, have great plans for their Family Centre. Once established, I am sure that the Centre will quickly establish itself as a vital resource in the community.