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8th October 2018

Vale Homes residents celebrate success

BY: Nathan Spackman

Vale Homes residents recently celebrate success with the Vale Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands who hosted afternoon tea for them.

The Vale Home community investment strategy ensures that those living in social housing have equal access to employment and training.

Over the last 18 months the Vale Homes team has worked hard to create a number of activities, course and work experience opportunities to support though furthest from job market to secure employment.

Last year Vale Homes supported 33 tenants in to paid employment, in addition to support from Vale Homes tenants had support from Careers Wales, Communities for work, Business Wales.

The courses don’t just work on traditional job hunting skills such as CV writing and interviewing skills, they work with tenants to breakdown any barriers, by running confidence building courses, group work skills and communications skills.

At the end of 2017 306 clients received recognised qualifications. The team have run programs for tenants looking to set up their own business and developing business plans. The Vale Parks team have been able to offer 7 people work experience placements enabling them to get experience for their CV’S.

In March 2018 Vale Homes had the pleasure of taking 10 young people in a residential boot camp, they claimed mountains, developed CV’s, set future goal and learnt about healthy eating. Also their year Vale Homes have supported 19 tenants into employment and 134 have gained qualifications and the 19 have sustained employment for over 6 months.

Vale Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands said “It was a pleasure to host afternoon tea for these tenants and we recognise the achievements they have made, for many of them living in social housing they face a number of additional barriers when seeking employment, such as basis qualifications, lack of role models. I hugely pleased that this community investment strategy exists to help and support the tenants who need it, and may it continue.”

Vale Homes residents with Vale of Glamorgan Mayor Cllr Leighton Rowlands and Vale Council Staff.

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