Our 2017 - 2018 Charity
Llamau is the leading charity for the most vulnerable Young People and Women in Wales. Their ultimate aim is to support the people who use their services to make positive steps in their lives. They have become a ‘provider of choice’ because of their ability and reputation for working with all young people and vulnerable women. They are particularly well known for engaging with those at risk - particularly care leavers, young offenders, those at risk of offending, victims of domestic abuse, and people who have chaotic and disadvantaged lifestyles. They all need high levels of individual support to gain the necessary skills to live independently and integrate with communities. Llamau can connect with people where others cannot.
Llamau is a values-led organisation which puts service users first and at the heart of the organisation. The difference with Llamau is the quality of support and empathy they offer. They have a genuine respect for their service users. They listen to and learn from them every day and this ensures that their relationship with every individual is meaningful and their services are effective and successful.”
When people think of homelessness, they usually think of people living on the streets, but that’s just the top of the iceberg. Young people are often homeless because it’s not safe for them to stay at home, or because family life has become too hard. Young people are often sleeping on sofas, on floors, in cars or, worse still, with strangers.
Young people have often experienced trauma in their childhoods and have developed a range of complex needs – our research has shown that homeless young people are three times as likely to have a mental health issue as their non-homeless peers. Around a quarter of young people supported by Llamau have been in care. They often have little choice but to deal with the challenges of living independently at a young age.
Alongside these challenges, many young people have grown up living in poverty, leaving them at much greater risk of homelessness as they grow older. Combined with the UK Government’s welfare reforms, many young people are left without a safe and secure home, and without hopes for the future.
We believe that no young person should have to experience homelessness and over the past 5 years, Llamau, the lead charity in the End Youth Homelessness Cymru campaign, has supported over 21,000 young people at risk of homelessness in Wales.
HOW CAN I HELP?
When you travel with Real Wales Tours in 2017 or 2018 you will be supporting Llamau, as we have pledged to make a donation for every person that travels with us. If you'd like to donate more you can do so directly with Llamau here.
Interested in getting more involved? We've got some great fundraising plans for 2018, so let us know here if you'd like us to keep you informed!