We're so excited to have opened our new office in Port Talbot on 12th June, offering support to young people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The office, at Jubilee House on Victoria Street in Port Talbot, will complement our services for young people across Neath Port Talbot, including Supported Accommodation and Supported Lodgings for young people.

In 2017-18, 357 young people (aged 16-24) approached Neath Port Talbot Council for support with homelessness, an increase of 95% on the previous year. The office will act as a drop-in centre for young people supported by Llamau, where they can speak to their Support Worker about any issues they’re having, pick up free toiletries and food and access computers to support with their education or job searches.

Frances Beecher, Chief Executive of Llamau, said,

We’re thrilled to be supporting young people in Neath Port Talbot to leave homelessness behind for good. We believe in the potential of every young person at Llamau and are determined to make sure that every young person who is unlucky enough to experience homelessness, is given the same opportunity to thrive as their peers. Our new office in Port Talbot will complement the support we’re already providing young people, making sure they’ve got opportunities to apply for jobs, to complete coursework and just to have a chat with our colleagues when they need a bit of extra support.

Llamau currently supports 46 young people in Neath Port Talbot through both supported accommodation and supported lodgings. The Supported lodgings scheme supports young people who can no longer live at home in a home environment, with supported lodgings hosts provide them with a room of their own where they can become a member of the household. We have been running successful supported lodgings schemes in other areas of Wales for many years, helping young people to gain the confidence and skills to become independent adults, and are currently looking for supported lodgings hosts in Neath Port Talbot.

You don’t need any special qualifications to become a supported lodgings host, and our current hosts come from a variety of backgrounds. All you need is a spare room and a willingness to help a young person to develop the skills they will need to move into and manage their own home. In return, you will receive full training, a regular weekly payment of up to £161.34 and full support from Llamau.

If you would like to support young people to leave homelessness behind by becoming a supported lodgings host in Neath Port Talbot, please call us on 01639 885129 for an informal chat during office hours or email [email protected].

We also run supported lodgings schemes in Carmarthenshire, Monmouthshire, Blaenau Gwent, Newport, Bridgend and the Vale of Glamorgan. Find out more below about becoming a supported lodgings provider in your local area.

Become a Supported Lodgings Provider