THE FIRST Minister for Wales visited Wrexham to see the positive work being done by the community hub 'Yellow and Blue.'

On Thursday, January 4 Mark Drakeford, Minister of Wales and Leader of Welsh Labour, visited Wrexham to inspect the fantastic work being done to support those in need.

The Yellow and Blue hub, situated in Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre, was founded in 2017 by Peter Humphreys and has gone on to inspire ever since.

The non-profit organisation primarily serves vulnerable members of the Wrexham community by providing shelter, food and friendship to those in need.

The Leader: Mark Drakeford with YaB owner Peter HumphreysMark Drakeford with YaB owner Peter Humphreys (Image: Newsquest)

Mr Drakeford's visit aligned with his unwavering commitment to social justice and efforts to combat homelessness across Wales. He received a full tour of the building and learned about what happens on a daily basis while meeting workers and volunteers who selflessly give their time. 

He said: “I am pleased to meet Pete and the team at YaB in Wrexham to see and hear about the important work they are doing to support the local community.

“Yellow and Blue provides a place where people can come along, take part in activities and access the facilities they have.

"The team's passion to help people in whatever way they can is clear to see."

In 2023 across Wales, more than 12,500 households were assessed as homeless and owed duty to help secure accommodation, an increase of 7% on 2021-22. 

Mr Drakeford admitted that it has been almost impossible to prevent the soaring demand for housing in Wales.

He continues: "It isn't always about doing the easy job, it's about doing the jobs that are good for everyone involved."

Peter said: "It’s great to be recognised in Wrexham for what we are doing, it’s also really important for the Welsh minister to come and see first hand the efforts the amazing Wrexham community go to to support one another.


"A big thank you to everyone involved who facilitated the visit."

Thankfully, the work of community hubs such as Yellow and Blue, as well as the continued support of Wrexham residents, mean citizens have a safe space to visit during these challenging times.

This was one of the minister's final visits to North Wales before he stands down in March following six-years of service as First Minister to the Welsh Government.