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Minister sees first-hand how Big Lottery Fund is supporting young people back into employment

February 17, 2016

Main image.pngWelsh Government Minister Ken Skates recently met Denbighshire young people getting back into work thanks to help from a Big Lottery Fund grant.

The Deputy Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism met young people who are accessing support at HWB Dinbych, a £2.2m development managed by housing association Grŵp Cynefin.

Mr Skates was joined on the visit by Rona Aldrich, Committee Member from the Big Lottery Fund Wales, which contributed more than £420,000 of funding to the project.

The HWB provides a range of employment and training opportunities, including a job seekers club run by community groups North Denbighshire Communities First, Communities for Work and the Denbigh Youth Project.

KFP_3210As part of his visit, Mr Skates met with members of the job club taking part in a drop-in session at the HWB, where attendees can receive assistance in creating a CV, looking for jobs online, writing to potential employees and learning interview techniques.

Mr Skates was also given a tour of the HWB, which includes an IT room, a community activity space and four teaching rooms used by Coleg Llandrillo.

One young person benefiting from the service provided by HWB is Will Hession. Having previously only held casual jobs without any long-term prospects, Will became disillusioned after a number of unsuccessful job applications.

After a family bereavement left him facing homelessness, Will was referred to Yr Hafod, a supported accommodation project based at HWB Dinbych.

In addition to providing accommodation a tailor-made support programme was drawn up by Grŵp Cynefin officers based at HWB Dinbych, to develop Will’s independent living skills, money management and confidence.

KFP_3125 (002)With a newfound motivation and positive attitude, Will attended regular job club sessions run by the Denbigh Youth Project, which helped him search and apply for jobs, and develop a concise CV.

His patience paid off recently when he was successful in applying for a labouring position with a local building company.

Ann Davies, centre manager at HWB Dinbych, said:“Thanks to having HWB Dinbych as a central venue for initiatives such as the job club and drop-in sessions Mr Skates visited, we’ve been able to make a real difference to young people such as Will in supporting them to access work in the Denbigh area.”

HWB Dinbych won the 2015 Outstanding Development of the Year Award at the UK Housing Awards, the premier awards ceremony for the UK housing sector.

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