Imagine having nowhere to live.
What would you do? Where would you go for help? How would you survive?
For thousands of people in Wales, homelessness is a frightening reality. Fortunately, Llamau (pronounced Lamb - eye) can provide the accommodation, support and advice that is so crucial in times of crisis. Llamau is Wales’ leading homeless charity, working with homeless and potentially homeless young people and vulnerable women across Wales.
An established charity with head offices in Cardiff but projects across Wales, Llamau has been working for over 26 years, to offer support, help, accommodation and housing advice to homeless and vulnerable young people and women in Wales.
Supporting People Fund Celebrates 12 Years
Llamau joined a large group of supporters at the National Assembly of Wales on May 18th 2015 to celebrate the 12th anniversary of the Supporting People Fund. The celebration brought together politicians, organisations, campaigners and the people that use services. It was also a rallying call to warn against further cuts in the Supporting People Fund by reminding those at the heart of government how important the fund is and the difference that it makes.
The event, which was organised by Cymorth Cymru and Community Housing Cymru Group, and supported by Llamau, had over 130 attendees from a range of organisations around Wales that work with people who are assisted by the Supporting People Fund.
The fund, which last year supported around 56,000 people, is a vital part of the support for vulnerable individuals who need a little bit of extra support in order to remain living independently.
The fund reduces pressure on strained public services by allowing third sector and public sector organisations to intervene in a problem with an individual before it gets too difficult or complex to deal with. It also reduces the costs that are entailed with accessing emergency support. It is estimated that £2.30 is saved for the public purse for every £1 that is spent.
Someone who has accessed Llamau’s services in the past, Beth, was at the event and lent her voice to the campaign. She initially accessed Llamau’s services in Bridgend, and was able to progress, with Llamau’s support, into accessing further and higher education while living at one of our supported housing projects, funded by the Supporting People Fund. She is now working and studying in Cardiff.
Llamau will be taking an active part in the campaign in the run up to next year’s elections to the National Assembly of Wales, and is calling on every member of the Senedd to pledge their support to recognise the benefits of the Supporting People Fund, and to protect the fund from any further cuts.
For more information about the campaign go to: http://chcymru.org.uk/en/policy/care-support-and-community-health/lets-keep-on-supporting-people/
Search for the hashtag #supportingpeoplewales for more information on twitter and facebook.