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Mon 5th Mar

Taff Housing Association Pop Up Homeless Shelter

Taff Housing Association Pop Up





Media release


   05 March 2018


Taff Housing Association Pop Up Homeless Shelter

The recent extreme weather shocked us all. With most of us feeling the cold in one way or another, many of us were most worried about finding bread and milk, rather than a warm space in the day and a bed for the night. As our children enjoyed a snow day, many staff at Taff Housing Association gave up their time to help run a temporary homeless shelter in our conference suite.

Kate Innes (Taff’s Director of Business and Finance) decided to run the shelter between March 1st – 4th  which was approved by Cardiff Council’s homelessness services.  She and others helped to provide a safe warm space for homeless people as the Beast from the East & Storm Emma hit Cardiff.

 The support of local businesses, volunteers, Community Housing Cymru, Adore Cardiff &Taff Staff members enabled the shelter to be a success, helped further by Taff Housing Association’s Board members who raised money to help ensure the pop up could remain open and provide services in such extreme weather. Kind donations and offers of support were received from all walks of life.

One homeless man presented to Taff with soaking wet socks and shoes. Taking to Twitter staff asked the local community; “Ok, we need sturdy boots, men’s size 10 ASAP…” within 10 minutes one local resident donated a pair, with more fantastic donations following across the four days that the shelter was open.

“Having been homeless for 25 years, what you’re doing here is special” one gentleman commented.

Volunteer, David Hardacre, reflected on his experience;

“The feeling of powerlessness and fear when homeless must be immense and the thought renders me heartbroken yet determined to help further. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn”

Taff’s homeless shelter was a real success, reaching out to the wider community and providing a safe, warm space for the homeless people of Cardiff in such extreme weather. Our volunteers also took food to those on the streets if they did not want to be in a community shelter. And although we all go back to the day job, the lesson we’ve learnt is that we’re “not just housing”. For those of us who do, we’re proud to work in the housing sector.




For further information contact:

Holly McAnoy

PR, Communications & Marketing Assistant

Taff Housing Association


Tel:         02920 259 196



Taff Housing Association

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