Tai Calon, along with various agencies such as Cwmpass, Coop, Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, GAVO, Wallich, Loyn & Co, CCLH Cymru and Socialbizwales, were excited to take part in the first-ever Blaenau Gwent Housing Hack on May 10th at Llanhilleth Institute.

The event was focused on finding creative solutions to the current housing supply and demand issues in Blaenau Gwent. The aim was to develop ideas that would promote community-led housing and create a place where people of all ages would want to stay while also resolving issues like social isolation, meeting environmental targets, and providing great homes for everyone.

The Housing Hack was a fun day where groups talked about different housing themes and issues. With the mix of agencies and local people, it was a great success, and it generated many amazing ideas that can be worked on, including some that might need policy changes which could take longer.

Howard Toplis, Chief Executive at Tai Calon, was happy to be invited to be part of the panel and hear all the concepts presented. He also committed to holding a similar event next year, saying, “from ideas come the solutions that the housing crisis needs.”

Julie Mckim, Residential Development Officer at Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council, enjoyed the event, saying, “Really interesting day, thank you to everyone involved.”

So, stay tuned for next year’s Housing Hack, where we can turn these fantastic ideas into action and create better housing solutions in Blaenau Gwent.