Free housing-related advice for over 55’s in the Vale of Glamorgan

We offer regular drop-in sessions through our Croeso Pawb service at Golau Caredig, our extra care scheme in Barry, for both our residents and the wider community to easily access free advice and support about housing-related matters.

Anyone 55 and over who lives in the Vale of Glamorgan can receive free advice from our Croeso Pawb team, whether they own their own home or not, if they’re homeless or if they need support to manage their tenancy.

Through our partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Council we are able to provide a drop-in service offering advice and guidance on a range of topics including:

Housing support to prevent or address homelessness/accommodation needs to enable people to better manage their home and improve their ability to maintain their home. We will advise on how to find accommodation, rent arrears and understand your tenancy agreement responsibilities.

Benefit and money advice in managing personal and household finances when making bill payments, establishing budgets and claiming appropriate benefits.

Children and family matters support to manage and develop sustained relationships with family, support networks, neighbours and professionals by establishing contact and referring to mediation/relationship services.

Health and wellbeing support to enable individual’s to successfully address their physical and mental health issues, ensuring that their health conditions are managed successfully and that they have ultimate control and understanding over their health issues. We also assist with how to access mobility equipment, referring to social services, registering with a GP or dentist, accessing support groups and ensuring home environments are appropriate for their needs.

Education and training support in helping people into paid or voluntary employment opportunities by assisting with forms and paperwork, developing your CV and job applications, help in preparing to enter work and specialist career, employment advice and signposting to work in partnership with other agencies.

Many older people are often unsure who to speak to about housing related issues and we want them to know that a wide range of advice and support is now easily available in the Vale of Glamorgan.

Our team of support workers at Golau Caredig are available for a chat every Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am – 12pm. If you’re unable to attend the drop-in service please contact us about our floating support service available in other locations across the Vale of Glamorgan or to request a visit. To find out more call 01446 731940 or email valeteam@hafod.org.uk.