Denbigh residents show off HWB to Welsh Government Minister for Communities Friday 13 February 2015

The Welsh Government’s Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty has met with Denbigh residents that have benefitted from an innovative new community space in the town centre.

Denbigh residents show off HWB to Welsh Government Minister for Communities

Lesley Griffiths AM met with a number of groups and organisations from the area at HWB Dinbych, a £2.2m development from Grŵp Cynefin.

HWB Dinbych, the first development of its kind in North Wales, provides a number of educational and recreational facilities to people of all ages from throughout the Denbigh community.

As part of a visit to find out about the innovative project, Lesley Griffiths met with members of the Denbigh Youth Project, a young mums group based at the HWB, and participants in an essential computer skills club.

The Minister also met Grŵp Llandrillo Menai students using the building’s on-site music studio, and tenants of the six flats, which offer young people an opportunity to access support in preparation for independent living.

Lesley Griffiths AM said: “I am delighted to visit HWB Dinbych. It is an excellent example of the housing sector working with partner organisations and the local community to create a facility which is making a real difference to the Denbigh area.

“As well as providing supported housing for young people, the HWB is being enjoyed by local people and used for education, training and employment opportunities.

“It was great to meet many local people who have already been using the facility and to hear how one young mum has been inspired to start her own small business enterprise as a result of the help and support she has received at the HWB.”

HWB Dinbych is a partnership project between Grŵp Cynefin, Denbighshire County Council, Grŵp Llandrillo Menai, and Denbigh Youth Project.

The community space features four teaching rooms, a music studio, workshop space, IT room, teaching kitchen and a multi-purpose room that can host a variety of activities including youth clubs, meetings and craft courses.

Mair Edwards, community development manager for Grŵp Cynefin, said: “It was a pleasure to welcome the Minister to HWB Dinbych and introduce her to individuals and groups who are benefitting from the facility.

“HWB Dinbych is a resource that’s available for the whole community, and it was great to be able to show her some of the steps we are taking to increase skills and employment on a local level”

For more information on HWB Dinbych, contract centre manager Ann Davies on 0300 111 2122 or follow @HWB_Dinbych on Twitter.

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