Take a peak inside Denbigh's brand new Hwb


Rachel Nash

A SCHEME that will provide educational and employment opportunities for young people in Denbigh has opened its doors for an open day today.

HWB Dinbych, that has been constructed on the former Autoworld site on Smithfield Road, will provide a range of support services for local people from in and around the Denbigh area.

It will be managed by housing association Grwp Cynefin, and is a partnership project with Denbighshire County Council’s youth services and housing departments, Grwp Llandrillo Menai, and Denbigh Youth Project.

The centre will be open between 10am and 2pm for the public to see the building and its facilities.

The Free Press was given a preview of the facilities, which includes 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 fitness classes, meetings and youth clubs.

Mair Edwards, Grwp Cynefin’s community development manager, said: “The primary aim of HWB Dinbych is to increase training and employment opportunities locally.

“This will be achieved by working closely with local businesses, setting up self-employment initiatives, developing local enterprise opportunities and supporting young people into further learning.”

Walis George, chief executive of Grwp Cynefin, said: “As well as supporting young people, we’re proud to have transformed a long-neglected site in the heart of Denbigh into a facility that will provide long-lasting benefits for the whole community.

“We’re proud of the partnership model which has enabled this project to come into fruition, and also demonstrates our commitment as an organisation to our regeneration and community initiatives.”

The scheme also includes six flats for young people to support and prepare them for independent living.

Ceri Davies, press officer for Grwp Cynefin, said: “There are 6 beds within the HWB for young people from Denbigh and the surrounding villages who are facing homelessness. It's a supported housing scheme and they will be taught independent living skills. They moved in around two weeks ago, and it's going well so far.

“At HWB we really want to encourage young people to set up their own business and the courses and activities here can help them do that."

Ann Davies, manager of the centre, said: “The idea is that everything will be on one site.

“Our motto is, 'Helping people to reach their potential' and that's what we plan to do.”

For more information call Ann Davies on 0300 111 2122 or follow @HWB_Dinbych on Twitter.


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