Accordance with Legislation; early intervention and prevention

This proposed service has its core design elements embedded in a strategic framework that acknowledges: the Swansea draft anti-poverty strategy, the Welsh Government’s Well-Being of Future Generations Act, The Social Services and Well-Being Act, and The Housing Act [Wales].

This extract from the Caer Las Board of Trustees – Statement of Strategic Intent, demonstrates the organisation’s vision in this regard:

2020 Vision

Our vision is that the people who Caer Las are constituted to help, i.e. marginalised individuals in South Wales, can experience a level of well-being to which they personally aspire. Wherever it is possible, Caer Las aims to help and support clients to achieve greater independence, so that they can:

  • Feel safe
  • Be housed, stay housed, clothed, fed and warm
  • Enjoy improved health
  • Have a sustainable income
  • Have a sense of inclusion, self-esteem and confidence
  • Look positively towards the future
  • Gain access to mainstream statutory services and advice services

Our tenancy support project in Swansea demonstrably contributes to the prevention agenda. The service receives referrals for people who face crisis and need meaningful, swift, decisive action. The team has an impressive track record of delivering in this regard, and then establishing productive working relationships with their clients that enable them to address the well-being and co-productive elements to the work.

In terms of practical measures, our work serves the Welsh legislative agenda by:

  • Liaising with RSLs
  • Working with Private Sector Landlords
  • Liaising with Shelter Cymru and Housing Options
  • Assisting clients with benefit claims and appeals
  • Supporting clients to manage debt and financial hardship
  • Providing mediation between clients and family members
  • Enabling access to primary healthcare
  • Assisting people with employability and life skills
  • Supporting clients to utilise our furniture recycling project to provide low-cost furniture whilst offering employment and volunteering opportunities

Flexibility of Service; options to respond to a range of differing needs

Innovative approaches

Caer Las offers several additional wraparound services, activities, groups, and client engagement exercises. This assists clients to

  • take up their full role as citizens of Swansea
  • access networks and mainstream services
  • enjoy improved physical and mental health
  • become part of resilient communities
  • be able to look confidently towards the future
  • achieve excellent outcomes as reported via the SP Outcome Framework

The proposed support service for this tender, offers a range of activities either directly within the project, or via access to other Caer Las projects’ activities throughout the Swansea area. Examples of activities developed and previously delivered include:

Health & Well-being Activities

  1. Access to allotment and gardening projects
  2. Cooking groups and workshops
  3. YOGA sessions
  4. Hiking Trips
  5. Fitness, Diet and Nutrition planning
  6. Pen Y Fan walk; guided by Brecon Beacons National Trust
  7. Physical/Mental health services; clients can be referred to
    a)       Homelessness Specialist Nurse who is also a connection with drug and alcohol misuse agencies
    b)       Homelessness Specialist Mental Health Nurse who can offer advice and make direct referrals to the community mental health team if required. They are based at our Swansea Outreach Project.
  8. Clients suffering acute or chronic poverty can obtain food parcels, showers and other emergency aid at our Outreach Project
  9. Street Football Wales; Caer Las Cougars played in the league for 11 years, winning the tournament in 2014.

Life skills Activities

  1. Duke of Edinburgh; 4 Caer Las clients have obtained the qualification.
  2. Down to Earth; a collaboration with ‘Down to Earth’ creating a 10-week tailored programme of activities including tree climbing, dry stone walling, skinning a rabbit, survival techniques.

Group work

  1. Focus groups; to discuss all areas of tenancy management, with guest speakers from Shelter, CAB, AADAS and PCSO.
  2. Parenting group meetings facilitated by Hafan Cymru to enhance parenting skills
  3. Participation groups; clients from several agencies, went on walks around natural beauty spots, using free facilities.

Leisure Activities

  1. Fishing trips.
  2. Annual holiday; accommodates 25-30 clients who undertake a 5-day coach holiday. Recent destinations have included Belgium, Scarborough, Ireland and Torquay.
  3. Day trips : Locations include Oakwood Theme Park, Tenby, St Fagan’s, Big Pit and London’s Natural History Museum
  4. Pantomimes
  5. Christmas Party: A 3 course meal and disco at Christmas. Recent visits include The Marriott, Dragon Hotel, and Grand Hotel.
  6. Craft Fayres and Open Days; an in-house event where clients and external agencies visit the Connect Project to see a showcase of opportunities and engagement activities. Connect clients have used this opportunity to sell artwork which they have created.
  7. BBQ’s; hosted throughout the summer months.
  8. A Quad Biking activity day trip.
  9. Trip to see Swansea Air Show.

Educational and Learning Opportunities

  1. Accreditations in Community Food and Nutrition, and Get Cooking; both courses accredited through Agored Cymru, working with Swansea CVS for external verification.
  2. Accredited literacy courses; Gower College have conducted literacy courses in house to help clients achieve accreditations in modules including grammar and punctuation. 
  3. Digital inclusion; activities led by Caer Las staff, where tenants gained new digital skills.

Arts & Community Activities

  1. Access to Arts and Crafts, Creative Writing, Motorcycle Mechanics, Gardening, Drama, Cooking, and a whole range of other community based activities within the Caer Las Connect Project.
  2. Photography classes.
  3. ‘I am news’; creative writing group creating a film around mental health and creativity.
  4. ‘Poets on the hill’; a one-off session looking at making poetry from pages out of novels.
  5. Storytelling course through ABMU; a 6-week course, teaching the skills required for effective story telling.
  6. Drama workshops; 3rd year drama students from University of Wales Trinity St David’s facilitated drama workshops at Caer Las as part of their dissertation.

 

Caer Las Trading – furniture Recycling Project

  1. Offers volunteering and employment opportunities to vulnerable adults.
  2. Provides low cost, high quality furniture to clients moving into a new tenancy or who need affordable furniture in their existing tenancy
  3. Provides quick and efficient donations and clearance service to help clients dispose of unwanted furniture, at no cost.