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14 Jun 2017

Alumna wins award for her hard work supporting homeless people
 
Tanya Jones won the People’s Award at North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner's community awards.
 
Tanya, who graduated in 2015 with a degree in Criminology, has helped hundreds of homeless people through her work as manager of the Rough Sleepers Intervention Team (RSIT) in Wrexham, an organisation run by Cardiff-based homeless charity The Wallich.
 
Tanya Jones.jpgCaption: (L-R) North Wales Police and Crime Commissioner, Arfon Jones, People’s Award winner, Tanya Jones, Inspector Paul Wycherley and Deputy Commissioner, Ann Griffith.

Tanya and her team seek out homeless people, give them basic humanitarian aid and get them into support services. The service provides aid for the homeless, giving them food and hot drinks as well as signposting and referring them to services and appropriate accommodation. She was nominated for her award by members of the community.
 
Welsh Government data has suggested the number of homeless people in Wrexham doubled to 61 last year. Tanya, who is from Wrexham, said: “The issue in the town is on a par with Welsh cities like Cardiff and Swansea, which is why the role of the RSIT, set up last October, is so important.”
 
She is the team’s only full-time employee, with support worker Sarah Daniels assisting for four hours a day. Further support comes from two local authority social workers and a representative of the Association of Voluntary Organisations in Wrexham. Tanya’s team also help gather useful data about the number of rough sleepers in the town.
 
Tanya said: “I’m a very busy lady, but I love my job. I get on well with the clients. It’s very rare I’ll have any issues. All our clients know we’re here to support them and we will continue to, no matter what.”