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Visiting Wales’ first Fuel Bank

My heart goes out to anyone struggling to afford food. For those who can’t afford food, clearly paying energy bills can be tough too.

So, I warmly welcome the news that the Trussel Trust Cardiff Food Bank are now offering a Fuel Bank, to offer energy credit to people in need of it. Many food parcels are given out to people who have no way to cook, often because they cannot afford the electricity. You can read more about the Fuel Bank scheme here.

I visited the Food Bank this morning to see for myself. Many thanks for the welcome I had there. Keep up the good work.

20160523 Cardiff Foodbank Fuelbank

Fairwater Community Hub a success

Mark was impressed by the facilities on offer at the new Fairwater Community Hub, which he visited today. Mark commented: "This Hub builds on the success of Hubs in other communities, such as Ely and Caerau in Cardiff West. They have become important resources in the community, and people in Fairwater will now be able to benefit too from this investment from the Labour Cardiff Council." Local Fairwater Councillor Paul Mitchell also attended, and said: "It was thanks to Mark Drakeford's early support that we were able to secure the grant for the initial development of the Hub. What a wonderful resource it now is for Fairwater." Peter Bradbury - Cardiff Council's Cabinet Member for Community Development, Co-operatives and Social Enterprise - has implemented the Hubs Strategy and added: "The Hubs provide a much better service, all under one roof and fully accessible. There is a library, advice on housing, on benefits and on employment, an IT suite, community rooms, and a café. There is free wi-fi throughout." Read more [...]

Aspirations of Ely and Caerau youth

Mark was delighted to accept a unique picture made by and representing the aspirations of young people in Ely and Caerau, on the steps of the Senedd yesterday. Mark has always supported young people fulfil their aspirations in Ely and Caerau. Before entering politics, he used to be the local Barnardos organiser and a Probation Officer in the area. He helped organise and put together the mosaic collage on the North Ely Youth Centre on Pethybridge Road too, so it was especially appropriate fro him to take possession of the picture. Mark will be handing the picture on to the First Minister, who agreed to put the painting in his office after the Accountability Assembly in March, attended by some of the same young people. Action in Caerau and Ely (ACE) helped organise the event. It is a member of the Citizens Cymru Alliance, which brings together local organisations and communities organising for power, social justice and the common good. Read more [...]