We're daring to imagine a world without homelessness, and we are determined to achieve it.

It's a big ambition, and to some it may seem impossible. But at Llamau, we know that homelessness isn't inevitable, it really doesn't have to exist. If we all come together, we can live in a world without homelessness.

Here's how we are working with young people across the Swansea, Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend area to help them leave homelessness behind for good.

Supported Housing

Our housing projects give young people somewhere safe to call a home when they have nowhere else to turn. Each person has their own private space, and projects have communal living spaces for young people to socialise, watch television and to have fun. Each of our projects provides so much more than shelter. We make sure that each person receives a tailored package of support which enables them to develop their strengths and overcome the issues that led to them becoming homeless. This holistic support enables each individual to work towards independent living at their own pace and in a way that suits them.

Supported Lodgings

Our Supported Lodgings schemes in Neath Port Talbot and Bridgend provide supportive accommodation for young people who cannot live at home. Supported lodgings allow us to support young people one-to-one in a home environment. The young person is provided with a room of their own in a private home,where they become a member of the household. Young people are placed with carefully chosen hosts who are given guidance by Llamau on how to best support the young person who is living with them.

Family Mediation

We believe that, where safe and possible, the best place for a young person to be is at home. Our Family Mediation service works with young people and their families to resolve family relationship issues and ensure they can continue to live at home. Last year, 66% of young people involved with our Family Mediation service remained at or returned home. That means we prevented homelessness for 499 young people.

We were a family that had reached breaking point. This was due to drug related problems. My lovely son had turned into a nightmare. In desperation, I phoned social services, but because my son was 16 they couldn't help. We were put in touch with Llamau and because of the wonderful work that they do, we are now once again a good family unit.

Floating Support

Our Floating Support team in Swansea help to prevent homelessness by building people’s confidence and helping with the skills they need to live independently and successfully manage a home. We provide support with anything a person needs to stay independent, from managing money and benefits, settling into a home and making friends in the neighbourhood to arranging appointments, filling out forms, reading mail and accessing leisure, skills and employment opportunities.

Housing First

We are proud to deliver Wales’ first Housing First/Tai yn Gyntaf for Youth scheme in Swansea.

Housing First is a model of support that has been proven in several other countries, including Finland and Canada where homelessness has significantly reduced as a result of this approach. Its provides highly intensive, flexible and trauma-informed support for young people with particularly complex needs, supporting them to develop the skills to live independently and avoid homelessness in the future. Young people are provided with somewhere permanent to live and are supported to overcome any challenges, including drug or alcohol use or offending behaviour.