WHO ARE TARAN?
TARAN Finance & Development Manager Aled Roberts explains who we are and what we do, as well as discussing our latest IT projects encouraging people with disabilities to get online.
Who are we?
Taran was established from humble beginnings in 1993 by husband and wife team Ken and June Roberts in their front lounge.
Their aim was simple - to provide a voice for disabled people and provide
them with opportunities to lead a more independent life by offering training,
support, social skills development and confidence building. In 1997, it became a not for profit company and since then it has been going from strength to strength, offering new opportunities in training, employment and volunteering.
It was one of the first Centres for Independent Living (CIL) to be
established in North West Wales and is the only full time centre in operation in the area. Taran is also registered with Agored Cymru, to provide accredited open college network courses. Taran is also a member of the Anglesey Access group, providing feedback and liaising with Anglesey Council on matters relating to disability access and planning.
In 2012, Ken became Honorary Life President in recognition of his work
and his wife June is the Chairperson. They have both played a key role towards ensuring their vision continues as they celebrate 20 years of Taran in 2013.
What do we do?
Today, Taran provides a wide range of courses designed to help with practical independent living skills, I.T. and travel mentoring. Training courses range from basic food hygiene, I.T to driving theory and revision.
Our projects are funded by The Big Lottery Fund grants and Anglesey County Council and European Social Fund (ESF) under a contract. Students can either be referred privately or from Anglesey Council as well as other organisations, where we can provide a supporting role.
Our courses usually last no more than 12 weeks and while most are accredited through Agored Cymru. We also provide shorter and non-accredited courses.
Taran also provides a weekly talking newspapers service on CD for the sight impaired and there is also a weekly social group called Llais i Bawb (Voice for Everyone) every Thursday at St Cyngar’s Church hall in Llangefni.
For more information on our courses, please look under projects/services.
Where are we?
Since 2008 Taran’s main offices have been located at the renamed Canolfan
Byron on Mona Industrial park near Gwalchmai. The building is owned by Anglesey County Council Social Services and houses the Gweithdy Byron, Occupational Therapy training suite and Council loan stores. The building is fully accessible including automated front doors, disabled toilets and lifts to the first floor. Ample parking is also provided.
Our project history
Over the last 15 years, Taran has been very successful in securing grant funding and contracts to deliver a range of projects, including running a travel information call centre for the disabled, Intermediate Labour Market (ILM), basic I.T. taster sessions, driving courses and Disability Liaison.
We have also secured further small scale funding from Awards for All Wales, as well as Communities 2.0 and Communities First for I.T and administration equipment.
Projects / services include:
- Independence Through Empowerment
- Talking Newspapers
- Llais i Bawb (Voice for All)