Our History

  • 1979

    A group of people with a common compassion for the plight of single homeless and vulnerable people came together to establish NASH (Newport Action for Single Homeless).

  • June 1983

    NASH ltd was formally constituted and a committee of management formed

  • August 1983

    First Hostel Manager was appointed

  • October 1983

    NASH first hostel, NASH House in Clarence Place, Newport opens in response to homelessness legislation arising from the notorious film 'Cathy Come Home'.

  • 1984

    An additional 7 bedsits and 6 self contained flats are opened at Clarence Place, Newport.

  • 1987

    Home Support Team established to provide training courses for people to help prepare for independent living. 9 more flats are established on Chepstow Road, Newport.

  • 1990

    First welfare benefits worker employed in conjunction with Newport MIND

  • 1992

    First Director of NASH appointed.

  • 1993

    Albert Street, Newport 12 bed direct access hostel opens and a resettlement service established to help people move on from both accommodation services into independent living. Two 4 bed shared houses are set up as move on accommodation.

  • 1994

    One more 4 bed shared house opens in Fleetwood. NASH Floating Support service starts to support people who have moved on from the hostels with tenancy sustainment. NASH's soup run is established to contact rough sleepers in Newport, run by volunteers.

  • 1997

    'SmartMove' Bond scheme starts to help people access private rented accommodation. Later this is expanded to Monmouthshire and Torfaen.

  • 1998

    NASH Awarded Investor in People accreditation.

  • 1999

    NASH opens temporary winter night shelter.

  • 2001

    A 6 bed night shelter is established at Woodstock, Abergaveny.

  • 2002

    The Pilot Project, NASH’s purpose built arts based centred opens in George Street, Newport.

  • 2003

    The Pilot Project is rebranded 'Compass' and is officially opened by HRH Prince Charles and HRH Prince William. This was HRH Prince William’s first public engagement.

  • 2004

    Richard Frame, Solas Director awarded MBE for services to homeless people.

  • 2004

    NASH rebrands as Solas and Solas joins the Seren Group.

  • 2005

    Woodstock House, Abergaveny re-opens along with new scheme Hill House, Chepstow as a scheme for homeless young people.

  • 2007

    Solas establishes a Temporary Houses and Support service for families who are homeless in the Newport area.

  • 2007

    Hales House, 20 bed supported accommodation for Young People opens in Pontypool, Torfaen. The scheme is opened by HRH Princess Royal.

  • 2008

    After 16 years Richard Frame, Solas Director retires.

  • 2009

    Rhian Stone is appointed as new Corporate Director of Solas.

  • 2010

    Compass starts to provide outreach services to engage with more people Solas supports. Solas awarded Big Lottery funding to develop its Psychology Service. Solas take on the management of Clifton Place – decanting all residents to start development.

  • 2010

    Solas start to provide a Young Person’s Floating Support contract in Caerphilly and establish the Family Intervention Project in partnership with Charter Housing.

  • 2011

    Solas start to provide a Mental Health Floating Support Service in The Vale Of Glamorgan. Solas move out of George Street offices into Devon Place.

  • 2011

    Our new flagship service Clifton Place opens providing support and accommodation for 29 people in priority need. Compass Service is rebranded ‘Cre8 Opportunities’, a volunteer coordinator is appointed and the service remodels.

  • 2012

    Sunnyside House, Chepstow opens providing shared move on accommodation for 5 young people. The Countryman opens in Caerphilly providing supported accommodation for 14 young people.

  • 2012

    Solas appoints a Social Enterprise Coordinator to run ‘Cre8 Products’, our innovative new service run by and for the people Solas supports.

  • 2012

    George Street opens in Newport providing support accommodation for 8 vulnerable young people.

  • 2013

    Solas and Pen ye Enfys merge. York Place, Newport opens providing shared move on accommodation for 4 people.

  • 2014

    Solas starts the Throughcare Aftercare Recovery Service in Cardiff for substance misuse issues in partnership with Recovery Cymru and Newlink Wales.

    Dyfrig House is decanted to start 15th month refurbishment.

    Director of Children, Young People and Families appointed.

  • 2015

    Solas‘ lifeline service providing specialist accommodation and support for homeless people with alcohol or substance misuse problems in Cardiff, was opened by Vaughan Gething, Deputy Minister for Health and The Lord Mayor of Cardiff, Councillor David Walker. Dyfrig House has been transformed into 21 self-contained bedrooms with private en-suite toilet and shower facilities, which encourages and supports residents’ progression to independent living.

  • 2016

    Seren Group became Pobl Group following a merger with Grwp Gwalia. Solas now provides support alongside Reach, and Gwalia Care and Support for Pobl Care and Support.