Our vision is that by 2022, the number of veterans that are homeless 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.
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.
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:
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…