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Deanne celebrates call up to the Homeless World Cup Squad

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Until this year Solas client Deanne Sansome had never played football, now she’s successfully using the sport to score her own goals! Deane has been selected to represent Street Football Wales at the forthcoming Homeless World Cup, taking place 29th August – 5th September in Oslo. Back of the net Deanne!! She was initially encouraged… Read full post

Mountain number 3 – Blorenge

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Our latest Moving Mountains challenge took us to Blorenge mountain just past Blaenavon for our 3rd walk in preparation for the Fan Dance.   Our training walks have been going well so far with the Sugarloaf and Skirrid complete and now the Blorenge ticked off. With a wet and windy day forecasted, it seemed to… Read full post

Skirrid Mountain – Training walk 2

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The second of your training walks, the Skirrid proved to be a deceptively tall mountain, from the carpark at the base all you can see is a forest with a small peak visible just above. Taking to the path the team of intrepid walkers began their ascent, up through the forest, listening to the bird song.… Read full post

Moving Mountains – First on the list… Sugar Loaf Mountain

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Our first Moving Mountains training walk took place for The Fan Dance challenge last week, as residents took on the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Abergavenny. Clients came from all different schemes and participated well with everyone managing to make the top. Moving Mountains is 10 week programme, working with homeless individuals living in hostels and vulnerable young people.… Read full post

Poblpack vs Wolfpack

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This Summer, 9th - 10th June, a team of Pobl employees will take on the UK's longest point to point non-stop relay foot run from Twickenham to Cardiff… The Wolfpack run! The route will take them along rivers and canals, through forests and towns, across fields and over bridges including the spectacular Severn Crossing. The terrain varies from tarmac… Read full post

Cabinet Secretary praises ‘Move-in’ service for vulnerable young people

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Carl Sargeant, Cabinet Secretary of Communities and Children, this week visited our ‘Move-in’ housing and support service in Newport to hear first-hand about the positive impact the service is having on the lives of its vulnerable young residents. ‘Move-in’ is our housing and support service offering dedicated and specialist support to help highly vulnerable young… Read full post

Our residents serve up bistro night for social services minister

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Residents of our vital lifeline service providing specialist accommodation and support for homeless people with alcohol or substance misuse problems in Cardiff, hosted a Bistro evening for Minister for Social Services and Public Health Rebecca Evans AM and special guests. Dyfrig House residents treated guests which included; Councillor Darren Williams, Sarah Germaine of Fare Share… Read full post

Dyfrig House residents ‘cooking for recovery’

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Residents at Dyfrig House, our homeless service in Cardiff have been ‘Cooking for Recovery’ and last week learnt how to make pizzas from scratch. Ian believes that food is an important part of people’s recovery from addiction. “When you’re in your addiction, you don’t care about food at all. You only care about your next… Read full post

Shipmates

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For those of you that follow Solas on Twitter you may have already seen that a group of our clients have been given the amazing opportunity to sail around the south coast for 5 days. The Cirdan Sailing Trust, founded in 1983, is a non-profit making charity whose main purpose is to provide a service… Read full post

In the news – Treating alcoholics with wine

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The recommended treatment for chronic alcoholism is abstinence. But the BBC reported yesterday that at the Oaks - a permanent home for those who once lived on the streets in Ottawa- residents are given a measure of wine at hourly intervals. It is called the Managed Alcohol Program, or known by the residence as 'the… Read full post
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