Posted: Sun 26th Jun 2016

Llais Môn Housing Roadshow In Llanfaes /
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Jun 26th, 2016

A multi-agency roadshow led by Housing Services took place in Llanfaes last week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Staff from the Isle of Anglesey County Council’s Library service, Housing Services’ financial inclusion, rent, tenant participation and Waste Management teams were on hand at the village to provide information and advice throughout the day, along with partners from, Coleg Menai, Wales Illegal Money Lending Unit, Credit Union, Citizens Advice Bureau, and Keep Wales Tidy, as part of the Council’s priorities with its corporate plan. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Anglesey Council’s Tenant Participation Officer, Nikki Owen said, “The day was a great success. The main aim of the day was to raise awareness of Universal Credit and the services available to help tenants prepare for the changes ahead. We encouraged tenants to set up saving accounts, and talked about the possibility of facilitating a Credit Union collection point in Llanfaes. We also offered budgeting support, Welfare Benefits advice and promoted training opportunities available to tenants which would help to improve their chance of seeking employment.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The day was also an opportunity to promote our computer kiosk, which we recently installed with internet access in seven communities. The kiosks are touch screen user friendly computers and provide short cuts to useful information which will support tenants to maximise their income, search for jobs and claim Universal Credit.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Nikki added, “The kiosks are available for anyone to use in the following locations: Amlwch and Newborough library, Iorwerth Centre Beaumaris, the Gwelfor Community Centre and J E O Toole Centre, Holyhead and two in Anglesey Council’s Housing reception.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Seiriol Ward Councillor, Carwyn Jones said, “This roadshow was a great example of how effective multi agency work can be. The event gave tenants the chance to speak to various Council services and organisations about issues that affect them directly,” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I was also privileged to launch the new digital kiosk in the community shop; a one stop shop, touch screen, user-friendly computer that provides short cuts to useful information, which supports the tenants to maximise their income, search for jobs and claim Universal Credit.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“The event also included a community clean-up, working in partnership with the local community to tackle environmental issues within the area. Skips were provided for local residents to discard any unwanted households items and a total of 12 skips were filled during the day.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Housing and Social Services portfolio holder, Cllr Aled Morris Jones, thanked those involved in the successful event. He said, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who was involved in the event.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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“These Roadshows are vital in getting important information out to our tenants about the changes that are coming with Universal Credit, for example being responsible for paying your rent rather than having it paid directly to your landlord. “ ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“This was a great opportunity for our staff to engage with the community, and I look forward to seeing more of the Roadshows being organised around the Island in the coming months.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr Jones added, “I would also like to congratulate Housing Services for being shortlisted for TPAS Cymru’s Digital Involvement Award for the work they have done with the interactive kiosks.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If you are a tenant and would like advice or support please contact the Tenant Participation team on 01248 752166, or email ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

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