CEFIN CAMPBELL, Plaid Cymru Member of the Senedd for Mid & West Wales, recently visited the Hwb at St Catherine’s Walk in Carmarthen town centre to learn more about the support and services Carmarthenshire County Council are providing to support residents during the present cost of living crisis.
The Council’s team of Hwb advisers are available every day, along with housing officers and employability advisers, to provide tailored packages of support to residents, with advice and guidance on what our residents are entitled to claim, based on their individual circumstances.
There are currently three Hwbs in operation in Carmarthenshire – in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford – and they work in close collaboration with third sector organisations, the Citizen’s Advice Bureau and Careers Wales to support residents.
Targeted support is available at every Hwb, and each offers a range of themed drop-in sessions every week, dealing with issues including recycling and waste advice, trading standards and housing. Officers from various Council service areas are on hand to answer questions and offer support and advice to residents in need.
Visiting the Hwb, Cefin Campbell MS said: “I welcomed the opportunity to visit the Hwb in Carmarthen and learn more about how Plaid Cymru-led Carmarthenshire County Council are supporting residents during this difficult time.
“We discussed a range of issues – particularly raising awareness of the existing support mechanisms, so that everyone in Carmarthenshire knows about the full range of benefits and support to which they are entitled too.
“The Hwbs have already helped hundreds of people across the length and breadth of Carmarthenshire, and I would urge all residents who are facing hardship or uncertainty to get in touch with the team to make the most of the support available.”
Cllr Darren Price, Carmarthenshire County Council leader, who accompanied Mr Campbell on the visit added: “I was delighted to welcome Cefin Campbell to the Hwb in Carmarthen and highlight the brilliant work staff have been undertaking in supporting Carmarthenshire’s communities.
“As the cost-of-living crisis intensifies, I’m heartened that the Hwbs have been able to provide a lifeline to many residents across the county, by not only helping individuals directly with their problems, but also in helping residents to claim the benefits and support mechanisms they are entitled to.”
The Hwb works on an appointment basis, and residents can book an appointment by calling 01267 234567 or visiting the Carmarthenshire County Council website – https://www.carmarthenshire.gov.wales/home/council-services/contact-us/carmarthen-customer-service-hwb/