Our Vision

Our vision is that by 2022, the number of veterans that are homeless and vulnerable in the community will be reduced by 30%. This will be done through access to support to upskill and gaining employment so that housing once sought can be sustained long term.

Our Mission

The Rhondda Hub for Veterans is a non-profit organisation, supporting people whose lifestyle has unfortunately led to homelessness/offending. We assist with rebuiding their lives, promoting health and wellbeing by accessing suitable and sustainable accommodation.

Our Values

  • Accountability
  • Responsibility
  • Integrity
  • Delivering Personalised
    Programmes of Support

Our Team

Annys Darkwa – Managing Director

I was born in Tonyrefail (in the Rhondda valley in South Wales) but have spent many years in London.
I was involved in the criminal justice system and found out first-hand how difficult it was to get housing. Having seen and witnessed the difficulty, I founded an organisation and went on to become the Chief Executive of a social enterprise charity finding accommodation in the private rented sector for ex-offenders and other vulnerable people at risk of being homeless. That’s when Vision Housing was born. I decided to merge Vision Housing with a brilliant charity – The Forward Trust (Rapt) in October 2017.

In addition to being the founder and the chief executive of Vision Housing Consultancy Services Ltd,
I have won various awards:

  • Center for Social Justice Award
  • Andy Ludlow (two-time runners-up)
  • Business Awards (runners-up)
  • Most Unseen Powerful Woman of the Year Award
  • Innovative Business Woman of the Year 2016
  • I am also an Akosha Member

During that time I also confirmed the link between homelessness and re-offending and found there was a direct link between accommodations for ex-offenders and reduced re-offending. Without accommodation, 70% of ex-offenders re-offend, whereas with accommodation only 11% re-offend.

Now I am back in Wales, wanting to give something back to my own community and where better to do it than on my own doorstep. So I decided to continue with what I am good at which is assisting ex-offenders (especially with housing).

I have become aware of the issue of veterans sleeping rough on our streets. I then asked myself the question “why?” So now I am serving the very veterans in my community that put their lives at risk to save ours. The rest is of course history and my mission continues…

Staff

Danielle Evans – Office Administrator
Sian Hardwick – Resettlement Worker

Board & Trustees

Alexander Boyle (Chairman)
Martin Allen Barron (ex-veteran)
Andrew John Roberts
  • Would you like to do your bit to assist homeless veterans into accommodation?
  • We will provide training with a view to you gaining employment.
  • The right candidates will be put forward for an IAG Level 3 or Customer Service Level 2 Certificate.