Staff of Henry Shein Get Their Teeth Into ‘Being Angels For a Day’


A big thank you to Natasha, Jo, Catherine, Jessica, Louise and Mark from Henry Shein Minerva Dental Ltd, Cardiff for earning their wings being ‘Angels for a Day’.

Henry Schein is a worldwide distributor of medical, dental and veterinary supplies including vaccines, pharmaceutical products and financial services.

Team Henry Shein Being Angels for a Day

They’re really looking forward to coming back to help Huggard again soon.

Once again thank you from all the Staff, Volunteers, friends and Clients at Huggard xx



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Dirty Sanchez star steps in to help save homeless centre’s Christmas meal


Daredevil show star Matthew Pritchard has agreed to serve up the turkey for scores of homeless people

Matthew has volunteered to serve up the turkey for scores of homeless people this Christmas.

And in an act of festive generosity Dirty Sanchez star Matthew Pritchard, a Welsh professional skateboarder, daredevil and TV star, has stepped up to the plate alongside media CEO Sian Gunney.


‘A better way to spend Christmas’

Speaking to WalesOnline, he said: “I saw the WalesOnline story on Twitter and thought it’d be a great thing to get involved in.

“I’ve done quite a bit of cooking in my time and recently I’ve been getting into it again

“I was meant to be having a normal Christmas dinner with my parents and the family but I thought this would be a much better way to spend my time, helping others who really are in need of a good meal and a cheer-up.

“I went to college to study cooking so I hope they’ll find my food up to scratch.” – ‘Always wanted to do my bit’

Also volunteering to help Pritchard serve up the Brussels sprouts is CEO of Peacock Media Group Sian Gunney.

Sian is a co-founder of FareShare Cymru, an organisation that works with large food chains and charities to ensure food previously thrown away by high street supermarkets is donated to homeless shelters and foodbanks across Wales.

Sian Gunney-Huggard“I already know the Huggard Centre and the amazing work they do, so I was more than happy to volunteer to help out,” she said.

“I know how hard Richard the chief executive works to provide people with food and a place of comfort, so I’ve always wanted to do my bit.

“I’m also good friends with Matthew Pritchard, and people often don’t realise how much work he does for local charities.

“He’s an excellent chef too – and I’m glad that I’ll be able to help him serve up the food.”
Centre ‘flooded with emails’

After seeing the appeal on WalesOnline, Spiros Catering has contacted the Huggard Centre and has offered to help with the catering.

Richard Edwards, chief executive of the homeless centre, said he was delighted with the response from the appeal.

He said: “We’ve been flooded with emails since the story was published yesterday, and we’ve been contacted by a number of chefs who have offered to help us out.

“We’ve also been contacted by a Royal Navy chef serving on HMS Bulwark, He’s used to catering for 200+ hungry sailors!! – who  has offered his time while on leave over the Christmas period.

“It’s great to hear that so many people are wanting to lend a hand.”





Food for Thought


Jan, Marios and Mo from Huggard Tenant Support Team volunteered for Cardiff Foodbank at Culverhouse Cross Tesco on Friday 4th December.

This involved us giving out leaflets encouraging shoppers to buy a few extra items to donate to Foodbank. It was great fun and we were blown away by people’s generosity.

We were also blown away by learning that Tesco match 30% of food donations made . . . GO TESCO !!!

Foodbank is an invaluable resource for Service Users of Huggard Tenant Support Team who are in crisis and unable to buy food.

The Team felt that by volunteering we would be able to give something back to Foodbank. Plus we all got the chance to wear the limited edition Foodbank Tabard !!!! . . . GO FOODBANK !!!

Huggard Xmas Campaign

Huggard Xmas Campaign


Huggard are scheduled to have a major Christmas campaign, supported by the Huggard Trust, on Capital Radio for the first three weeks of December.

This will involve a text donation campaign, news releases, presenters volunteering in the kitchen and discussing it on air, a web page on the Capital radio site and as much publicity for our work as they can muster. Hopefully this will raise some money and our profile significantly over the Christmas period and beyond.





Huggard’s First Opera

Streetwise Rehearsal

Streetwise Opera have been running weekly singing workshops at the Huggard Centre in partnership with Welsh National Opera since September 2012. Since then they have engaged with 86 homeless people and the group of current attendees will perform in their local community for the first time at the December screening of Streetwise Opera’s latest film opera, The Answer to Everything.

Streetwise Opera is a leading exponent of integrated film and live performance projects. The film presented at Chapter stars Streetwise Opera’s performers from the charity’s 11 groups around the UK (based in London, Nottingham, Manchester, Newcastle, Gateshead and Middlesbrough) and a professional cast including Streetwise’s patron soprano Elizabeth Watts who appears on film as a cleaning lady and receptionist.

The film, directed by Rupert Jones with Streetwise Associate Director Emma Bernard and produced by Jess Gormley, features a set of conferences organised by a fictional housing corporation that has developed an indestructible brick that aims to be the answer to the housing crisis. As music gradually overtakes the business speak, cracks begin to appear and the delegates are able to find their own ‘answer to everything’. The film was premiered in London at the BFI in April featuring additional live performance sections sung by the cast and including the then newly-formed Cardiff group.

The Streetwise Opera workshop group is rehearsing sections of Bizet’s Carmen each week at the Huggard Centre in preparation for the performance following the film which is their first chance to invite friends, family and key workers to see them on stage.  For many people this can be a chance to invite significant people in their lives to see them doing something really positive; previous Streetwise Performers have used these performances as a way of re-establishing contact with estranged family members. The artistic partnership with Welsh National Opera has enabled participants to connect with the opera repertoire and see opera performances onstage.

Matt Peacock MBE, Founder and CEO of Streetwise Opera said: “We’re really looking forward to our Cardiff group’s first performance at the end of the screening of our latest film opera The Answer to Everything. This marks a brilliant first year of the group and a testament to their hard work and that of the Huggard Centre and Welsh National Opera.”

Rhian Hutchings WNO’s Director of Youth and Community said:

“It has been a privilege to be able to bring Streetwise Opera to Wales. Their work is extremely powerful and is a wonderful example of how opera can transform lives.”

Richard Edwards, Chief Executive of Huggard said:

“This project has achieved so many positive outcomes for Huggard clients. It has provided a stage on which new and positive social relationships have been built. Streetwise Opera has achieved fantastic results, rebuilding self-esteem and helping people to find confidence within themselves to overcome many barriers in their lives.”

The programme is supported by Colwinston Charitable Trust.

The workshops at Huggard Centre have already been having a positive impact on participants with 78% of people surveyed reporting an increase in well-being since starting Streetwise Opera sessions. One Performer at Huggard was able to use the sessions tackle his alcohol dependency and is now getting the support he needs in a rehabilitation programme.

Performance of a section from Carmen to follow screening of Streetwise Opera’s latest opera film, The Answer to Everything 6.30pm, Thursday 12 December, Chapter Arts Centre. Tickets £7.90/£5.80 box office open now


Brian* had successfully completed a Detox followed by a seven month dry period from alcohol in a dry hostel. Brian was being transferred to the Huggard Centre as he had started to consume alcohol again and was unable to be supported by the dry hostel where he was staying. Brian viewed this as a failure and as a result he suffered low confidence and self-esteem. Brian had a high level dependent drink pattern which was affecting his health.

His key worker wanted to identify development projects that would help Brian reduce his alcohol consumption level and reduce the risk to his health. Brian expressed an interest in Streetwise Opera and he attended a workshop accompanied by his key worker. Brian really enjoyed this session and become a core member of this group very quickly. Over time his confidence started to grow and other harm prevention activities were introduced.

Although Brian was not always able to attend Streetwise Opera dry from alcohol, he really looked forward to the workshops. After one workshop on Madama Butterfly Brian came to see his key worker in floods of tears. Brian said that the workshop had reminded him of his wife and daughter who lived in Japan and who he had to leave behind due to his alcohol addiction. At that moment Brian’s trigger for his dependency was identified, something that had not been identified before. Brian’s key worker says that as well as enabling Brian to identify the reason for his dependency, the continued support of the group helped him feel ready to start dealing with the past. Brian and his key worker began to talk, and to work together to build a support package that would address the issues and the dependency.

Streetwise Opera trips and activities such as the London Premiere at the BFI, gave Brian key goals to work towards. Together with other development activities and medical interventions, and after a period of nine months support, Brian felt ready to go into Detox and Rehabilitation again. Brian was admitted into Detox and on his first attempt managed five days. Two weeks later he was admitted again and this second admission was a success. Brian has now been alcohol free for three months and is still in rehabilitation getting the support he requires.

* Name changed for confidentiality





Be an Angel for a Day

Be an Angel for a Day in 2016


Do you know who helps Huggard to provide daily breakfasts, lunches and   suppers for 100+ homeless people a day in Cardiff’s Huggard Centre or Fareshare Cymru to redistribute surplus food in South Wales to address the very real and pressing issue of food poverty?

You do. . . . . . . . . .

That’s because here at both Huggard and FareShare Cymru we rely on the fantastic support of members of the public, community groups, workplaces, church groups and corporates to maintain the sustainability of our services and to continue to meet the basic needs of vulnerable people.

Go on, be an Angel!

Huggard and FareShare Cymru have teamed up to provide you with a special choice of vital projects to invest in.

Our Angel for a Day campaign encourages supporters to find a way to raise a minimum donation of £250 to support either the Huggard Centre Kitchen, within Huggard’s day centre for homeless people in the centre of Cardiff, or the FareShare Cymru depot for a specific day.

Raising the money can be a team building exercise in itself and how a group goes about this is entirely up to them. We would be happy to promote any exciting or fun initiatives in raising your donation.

The group chooses the day it wants to sponsor (subject to availability) and, once the donation has been raised, will be awarded a certificate for being an Angel for a Day in supporting the Huggard Centre kitchen, helping to feed homeless people in Cardiff or in supporting the FareShare Cymru depot in redistributing surplus food to address food poverty in South Wales.

The fun doesn’t have to end there… If a group wants to have some hands-on involvement, they can send a small group of volunteers to the Huggard Centre or the FareShare Cymru depot on the sponsored day to help out and have photos, publicity etc.

We know that £250 is a lot for many people, but when individuals come together with families, neighbours, workmates or classmates, anything is possible.

Please follow this link to register your interest and a member of our team will get back to you.

Once we have received your intention to be an Angel either Huggard or FareShare Cymru will be in touch, as relevant, to discuss the availability of the date and to help plan your day and to provide whatever help we can in working with you to publicise your support.