Paula Kennedy and Teri Ireland had the pleasure of visiting ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ a local food foodbank who support communities in the New Inn, Pontymoile and Penygarn areas of Torfaen. Set up by three friends; Paul, Kyle and Jan to support as many people as they can, the food bank relies solely on the goodwill and donations of others.
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week and we caught up with Julie, Chair of our Board who has kindly shared her mental health journey.
Like many other housing associations, we already provide housing and support for refugees from other parts of the world, and we are ready to help again. We are working with our local authority partners about the support we can offer as a housing association.
We were pleased as punch to be able to hold our first in-person Zest Fest health and wellbeing event for the first time since 2019…and what an event it was.We take the health and wellbeing of our staff very seriously at Melin and value our dedicated initiative, Zest more than ever.During the pandemic we moved all our Zesty perks for staff online but with restrictions a thing of the past (we hope it stays like that) we couldn’t wait to get back to a real-life event.Our staff are gifted the time to attend a morning of all-things wellbeing hosted by our partners at Pontypool Active Living Centre.
Melin Homes is pleased to share the news that it has teamed up with two of its residents to support the creation of a new foodbank, ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ to support communities in the New Inn, Pontymoile and Penygarn areas of Torfaen County Borough.You can find ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ website here.‘Helping Hands R-Us’ reached out to Melin initially as the organisation was looking for a storage space for its donated items and was fast running out of room. We were very keen to support the new foodbank and it just so happened that we had some spare space at Ty Clarence which we weren’t making use of. We have now signed a lease agreement with ‘Helping Hands R-Us’ charging a token £1 rent. This means that the foodbank can now operate from Ty Clarence without having to worry about ongoing storage costs and can concentrate on serving communities in need in Torfaen.