Paul has been a tenant since 2004. He lived in Bonymaen with his family before transferring to a flat and he now lives in Brynhyfryd in an over 55’s complex.
Paul has been involved with the tenants’ panel since he became a family housing tenant. He held the position of Secretary in the past but was also working full-time so this was difficult to manage. Paul stepped down but then became elected secretary again in 2013.
The role had changed since he previously held it. Also, more electronic communication was being used between tenant panel members and organisations like the Tenant Participation Advisory Service.
Unfortunately Paul lost his job. The shop where he was working closed and he was offered relocation many miles away which was just not possible. Paul decided to take early retirement and found himself with more time on his hands.
What he did next:
In 2013 Paul attended a Family Housing open day at Clarence Terrace in Swansea and spoke to Age Cymru about the possibility of getting on-line with their laptop scheme. He was too young at the age of 62! However, he was signposted to Virgin Media where he could attend a 1 to 1 course at their offices on the enterprise zone. This gave him an appetite for learning. He then took a Communities 1st course for 3 weeks in August at his local library.
Next he attended central Swansea library one day a week and the Adult Centre at Dinefwr House until mid-September.
Shortly afterwards Paul discovered LLETS – the Lifelong Learning and Employment Training Service. He completed Part 1 of their course in December and is now doing Part 2. He pays a subsidised fee.
Paul uses his local library one day a week. He has now gained a number of computer qualifications including a European Driving licence certificate.
Paul has been able to use his newly found knowledge to help him write tenant panel reports. He started from scratch and can now use his home computer more efficiently. He has also become more involved with his local Communities 1st and is Chairman of the Hafod cluster group. He has gained in self-confidence.
Next he plans a cookery course!