Society Launches IT Suite for Homelessness Charity, The Wallich

2 March 2015

Wallich Centre

A fully inclusive IT suite, funded entirely by the Society, has been launched at the Wallich Centre, Cardiff in order to meet the increasing demands of people in Wales facing homelessness. The Society funded the IT suite as part of their diverse community-focused celebrations to mark their recent achievement of one billion pounds in assets.

The Society has collaborated with a number of local and national bodies covering a wide spectrum of society including health, homelessness, the environment and the young in order to identify projects of great, lasting need. The IT suite was devised in close collaboration between the Society and the homelessness charity, and features static and mobile computer equipment which will also be taken out into the community.

The Wallich has been providing accommodation and support services for homeless people for over 30 years. They specialise in providing services for people with multiple, complex needs; people who, because of their high support needs, are often banned or excluded from other services and have difficulty in accessing accommodation. Their ultimate aim is to ensure that all people have access to support that is appropriate to their needs, and that long term solutions, rather than short term fixes, are developed in partnership with the person.

Their need for IT equipment is at tipping point – with homeless people being taught new skills, facing changes to benefits requirements and having to carry out job searches online, therefore making IT inclusivity absolutely essential.

Wallich Funding

Paul Leader, Monmouthshire Building Society Information Services Director, commented: “I’m particularly excited by this fantastic opportunity to help improve IT inclusivity issues for those who experience homelessness, since it’s so essential in the modern world and affects so many facets of our day to day lives. With the right support, IT access can bring about a wave of good, from education and employment, to housing and friendships. The fact that the IT suite has tablets and mobile elements means it can reach even more vulnerable members of our communities.”

Ellie Pearson, Learning and Development Coordinator at The Wallich, commented: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed collaborating with Monmouthshire Building Society on the IT Suite. The generous donation of £5,000 has gone directly towards funding a mix of IT equipment which will be used for a variety of training activities, and its impact will be felt for a long time to come. For Monmouthshire Building Society to approach us and ask us to come up with an innovative idea ourselves means an incredible amount, and the many people who will use the suite in the years to come stand to gain enormously as a result of their generous support.”

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