Anti Social Behaviour (ASB) can be a serious problem for both local communities and landlords. Shelter Cymru believes that in many cases the people or families involved are not receiving enough support in other areas of their lives, and this can result in difficult behaviour. The Valleys Inclusion Project was set up to tackle this problem, improving relationships within the community and preventing those accused of Anti Social Behaviour from losing their homes.
The project works with families and households in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf in order to bring about long term changes in their behaviour. Many of the people they work with are vulnerable and socially excluded and risk becoming homeless if their behaviour is not improved. By providing a range of tailored support the team are able to prevent further problems in the community. National Lottery funding has allowed Shelter Cymru to expand the project, working with 30 households in 2012.
Michelle is a young single mother who had been abused by her former partner. He had been arrested for a serious assault on her before the relationship ended. Suffering from depression and a physical disability she was struggling to settle down again. Michelle and her four year old son lived in a property rented from a social landlord, but she did not have a good relationship with her local community. Neighbours had complained about noise and loud music before the Valleys Inclusion Project become involved.
With their help she has managed to secure a job as a care assistant, and the project worked with her landlord to help her move into a new and more suitable home. Michelle is determined to provide a better life for herself and her son and, settled in her new home, there have been no more complaints of Anti Social Behaviour from her neighbours.