Over £8.3 million of National Lottery funding awarded to help end homelessness in Wales

The National Lottery Community Fund is proud to announce that more than £8.3 million of National Lottery funding has been awarded through its Helping End Homelessness programme to reduce homelessness in Wales.

Three grants totalling £8,364,816 has been awarded to three partnerships that will work across the third, public, and private sectors and use the grants on a variety of plans including early intervention and prevention, specialist trauma-informed services, and support for people who have the most complex needs.

Tackling youth homelessness in Cardiff

Working across Cardiff, homelessness charity Llamau will lead a partnership of organisation across the public sector and third sector including Cardiff Council, Wales Refugee Council, Cardiff University, Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, and other local third sector housing partners. They will use the grant of over £3.3 million to deliver the ‘My Way Home’ project and support young people who are experiencing or at risk of experiencing homelessness. The partnership intends to develop and enhance provision within early intervention and prevention.

Frances Beecher, CEO of Llamau

The Chief Executive of Llamau, Frances Beecher, explained:

“We’d all like to say a huge thank you to National Lottery players for raising this generous funding to deliver the collaborative project ‘My Way Home’.

“We cannot end homelessness unless we end youth homelessness as nearly 50% of adults first experienced homelessness as young people. For too long, young people have been discriminated against for their natural responses to the trauma they have experienced. Unequal access to services, and environments where young people do not feel safe and nurtured mean they disengage and repeat homelessness can happen.

“‘My Way Home’ will identify young people at risk of becoming homeless and prevent this occurring. Where we cannot prevent homelessness, we intend to make this rare, brief and non-recurrent, providing an enhanced range of trauma informed and person-centred services, so young people can leave homelessness behind for good. Llamau is really excited and proud to lead this innovative project, working closely with all our brilliant partners to deliver real change for young people across Cardiff.”

Training opportunities for people across Gwent
Homelessness and rough sleeping charity The Wallich will lead a £3 million partnerships of public and third sector organisations across Gwent and develop a social enterprise model designed by people with lived experience of homelessness. The project will deliver training and employment opportunities for beneficiaries, increase access to trauma informed specialist services to support complex needs of a wide range of beneficiaries, and help strengthen landlord-tenant relationships.

Training employment peer advisors and trauma-informed services are coming to Gwent to tackle homelessness

Gareth Jones, the Strategic Operational Lead for South East Wales at The Wallich, said:

“The pandemic has been a huge challenge for people experiencing homelessness, but we have risen to the challenge to keep people safe. However, with future challenges many more people are at risk of homelessness. The Wallich are delighted to be working in partnership with like-minded agencies and local authorities to tackle the new post-pandemic challenges ahead.

“This project aims to prevent homelessness by assisting people into work and improving access to advice and support. By preventing homelessness and creating resilient communities, there is hope for a better future.”

This partnership will be delivered by the Wallich and delivery partners including St Giles Trust, Cyfannol Women’s Aid, Tai Pawb, Co-production Network for Wales, Welsh Refugee Council, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, and Caerphilly County Borough Council.

Helping those most in need in Swansea and Neath Port Talbot

The Wallich will also be a lead partner on a £2 million partnership of third sector, public sector and educational institutions across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot to support people who have the most complex needs. The project will create mechanisms to support connectivity across services and changing systems to enable People with Multiple Overlapping Unmet Needs (MOUN) to receive the support when and how they need.

Swansea and Neath Port Talbot project will remove the barriers which prevent people accessing mental health support

Area Manager for Swansea & Neath Port Talbot at The Wallich, Debbie Mottley, said:

“While it’s known that different factors can cause a pathway to homelessness, poor mental health and homelessness are often interlinked. At The Wallich, we work with more than 9,000 people every year, many of whom have Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) with some degree of trauma, complex and compound trauma. We see every day how often unresolved trauma affects a person’s ability to manage relationships and maintain stable employment or their tenancy. Without resolution, trauma can result in repeat homelessness. This project is a real opportunity to address that.”

Along with the Wallich, the partnership will be delivered by eight key delivery organisations including Crisis, Swansea Bay University Health Board, Barod, Co-production Network for Wales, Welsh Refugee Crisis, University of South Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and Include Hub.

Wales Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, John Rose, said: “These partnerships show the crucial role that working together across sectors makes to tackling homelessness. Homelessness can affect anyone for a variety of reasons and we’re glad to be able to support the shared aim of making homelessness rare, brief and non-recurring. National Lottery players raise more than £30 million each week for good causes across the UK each week and projects such as these show what a vital difference those players contribute to communities.”

In Spring 2022 The National Lottery Community Fund will announce details on a second round of the programme that will offer £3 million of National Lottery money to target homelessness in rural areas.

John Rose explained, “We recognise that the three funded projects are based in urban areas and that homelessness is an issue that effects people in all areas of Wales. This is why The National Lottery Community Fund has decided to dedicate an extra £1.5 million of National Lottery funding to help tackle the issue. That means that there will be a total of £3 million available to target rural homelessness in the next round.”

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