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15th December 2017


1. Thanks to all at Sainsburys in Pontypridd for the donated goodies for our residents of the Rhondda Cynon Taf Hostels in Pontypridd. You are helping make Christmas for a lot of people...here are a couple of pictures from picking them up today


2. Congratulations to our football teams Adref Villas teams A and B fought valiantly in the All Wales Street Football Challenge Cup last week. All did brilliantly with A team getting to the Semi Finals for the second year running!



5th December 2016



Yesterday staff from Nandos in Merthyr Tydfil, came to the hostel to do some cooking with the residents. Nandos have been donating their unused chicken to the hostel for the past year on a weekly basis, and have a good working relationship with the hostel.

Staff from the hostel, and residents got involved with the session and prepared a curry, using the donated chicken. The staff from Nandos spent the time showing the residents new skills in preparation and cooking and also discussed food hygiene etc.

At the same time, Scott Lyons, from Scott’s barber shop in Merthyr Tydfil came and gave free haircuts to service users. A number of service users had their hair cut, and afterwards stated that they felt much better. One service user that had his hair cut by Scott is currently street homeless as there are no spare rooms at the hostel. He came for a shower and to wash his clothes and to get involved with the cooking session, which meant he was provided with a hot meal, and then had both his hair and beard cut. This gentleman has not been able to have a haircut for a number of months due to his circumstances. Being street homeless, haircuts are the last thing on their lists.

Afterwards residents took the visitors around the hostel and showed them their rooms, they sat with them for a while and all discussed their back grounds and how they became homeless etc. By the end of the session all residents’ staff and visitors agreed that it had been a very beneficial day. One resident stated that having his hair cut ‘made him feel like a new person’ and that his confidence had grown immensely.

As well as Nandos, Garth Villas has weekly donations of unused food from KFC and Tesco Merthyr, and Daily food donations from the Merthyr Tydfil branch of Marks and Spencer’s, which is used throughout the year to help those who have issued with their benefits and those that are street homeless.

The residents and staff at Garth Villas homeless hostel, a branch of Adref Ltd, would like to say a massive thank you to Nandos staff and to Scott, for giving their time and skills to help those less fortunate than them.

We would also like to thank KFC, All the staff at Marks and Spencer who support hostel staff to pick up the donations daily and Tesco Merthyr. We would like to also thank Katie, from Aberdare, who has raised money via her own personal fund raising page on Facebook, and has recently donated 25 hygiene pack and a staggering 42 sleeping bags!!!

Thanks Guys, we look forward to continue working with you all in the future.

Nicola Rowberry - Garth Villas


August 2016 pt 2

We are sending BIG LOVE to all the participants in Adref's first Very Civilised Taff Trail Bike Ride. It took place on Sunday 21st August with riders starting in Brecon and Merthyr and ending in Pontypridd, Aberdare or Cardiff. A couple of people even rode from Cardiff to Brecon for the 8am start and then rode back to Cardiff. It was very civilised as it wasn't a race and some people took their time, even stopping off at Costa in Pontypridd for a coffee and Granola slice. The money raised is being saved for our winter campaign to provide services for street homeless people. Thank you all so much for giving up your Sunday. Below are some of the riders that started at 8am in Brecon.


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August 2016

We are very concerned that people currently living in  some of our hostel projects will be affected by proposals to reduce the national housing benefit bill. Our projects are quite expensive to run. They are generally state of the art in terms of quality accommodation and management services and they are also staffed 24 hours a day. As such, rents are higher than they would be living in a typical social housing property. We are supporting the campaign to exempt vulnerable people from these proposed regulations as it would threaten the very existence of these projects. We hope you canl sign the following petition.


April 2016


Just got this fab pic of our very own Hannah Phillips...Hannah works at the young person's project in Merthyr Tydfil, Chaplins, and ran the London Marathon in just over 5 hours as well (I'd still be walking it now!!). She ran in aid of an incredible charity www.bliss.org.uk which helps premature or babies born unwell. Congrats Hannah, we are all v proud!

Here is Hannah's Just Giving Page if you want to support her https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Hannah-Phillips16

And this is her very own blog http://irun.wales/hannah-phillips-blog/