Society Takes Part in Wales Action Week 2016

15 November 2016

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This week is Wales Action Week, taking place from 14th – 18th November, and the Society is helping to raise awareness of homelessness, which is one of the most pressing social issues facing Wales today.

Wales Action Week is coordinated by Business in the Community Cymru, who are working closely with companies to suggest actions that businesses can take to prevent homelessness, and highlight the benefits these actions can have for our wider communities.

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To play our part, a team of Society staff members have spent the day volunteering at the Salvation Army Centre in Newport, helping out with maintenance and painting. The centre provides a number of opportunities for homeless people, including access to training and relies upon the support of local volunteers to keep it running.

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To stress the need for greater focus on the issue of homelessness in Wales, Business in the Community are keen to highlight the following information:

  • According to the Wallich, 35% of the UK population are only one pay cheque away from homelessness
  • One in five adults in Wales are living with ‘problem debt’, and three local authority areas in Wales are some of the most indebted areas across the whole of the UK
  • In 2011, around one in seven households were located in the private rental sector; this is estimated to raise to one in five by 2020

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Richard Miles, the Society’s General Manager, commented: “As a member owned organisation, I’m proud of the Society’s involvement in Wales Action Week which is helping to raise awareness of a growing issue in our local communities. Volunteering with the Salvation Army and holding sessions for vulnerable people is not only empowering for staff members who are keen to roll up their sleeves and help, but also gives us an opportunity to work together as a team and bring new skills and a new perspective back to the workplace.”

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