11th Oct 2017
(I to r) Alan Brunt, Bron Afon, Kath Palmer, Welsh Government, Luke Caston, P & P Builders, Councillor David Daniels, Phil Robson, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Councillor Anthony Hunt
A former unemployed man who helped build six bungalows in Blaenavon was given the honour of cutting the ribbon to officially open them.
We worked with Torfaen Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) in a joint project to make it easier for people with additional needs to live in their own home.
Luke Caston, aged 27, from Pontypool, was helped by our training academy and had a successful interview with the contractors.
Alan Brunt, our chief executive, said: “These high-quality homes are going to make a huge difference to the lives of the new residents. P & P Builders, who are based in Blaenavon, built the homes and this has given the local economy a boost. This has meant we were able to offer a Torfaen resident, 27-year-old Luke Caston a job on the site through our training academy.
“We have just found out he has been offered a full-time job with the company because of the standard of his work which was great to hear. It shows how investment in housing brings in so many extra benefits.”
We will be the landlord and will collect rent and carry out repairs. ABUHB will provide support that will be available 24-hours a day.
Councillor David Daniels, executive member for communities, housing and anti-poverty, said: “Providing quality homes for Torfaen residents requiring extra support to live independently is a key priority for the council. I’m delighted to see these homes completed and the project is a first class example of what can be delivered when the council works collaboratively with trusted partners such as Bron Afon and the In One Place team.”
Phil Robson, vice-chair of Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, said: “We are very proud to be involved in this development, which we believe will improve the lives of its residents. It is important that these residents are able to continue to receive the majority of their care locally and these new bungalows will help us to better care for people with additional needs.”
The £470,000 scheme was funded by Welsh Government. The development was coordinated and put together by the ‘In One Place’ programme team in Gwent, which is an ABUHB funded collaboration network, bringing together health, social care and housing.
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