USW adopts Llamau as its charity partner

Launch of Llamau partnership - Professor Julie Lydon with Wendy Collier

The University of South Wales is adopting the homelessness charity Llamau as its charity partner for the next two years.

Llamau’s mission is to eradicate homelessness for young people and vulnerable women in Wales. Founded over 30 years ago, Llamau works across Wales to prevent homelessness, provide safe accommodation and support people to leave homelessness behind for good. Llamau’s services include supported housing, including women-only accommodation, tenancy support, domestic abuse refuges for women and children, family mediation, housing and welfare advice, outreach for 14 – 19 year olds, and prevocational learning and training.

USW alumna Beth, benefitted from Llamau’s support before joining USW. She said: “I moved into one of Llamau's houses when I was 18, and that was when I realised that I could achieve my dreams if I wanted to. When I moved in I wasn't sure if I would still be able to go to university - whether I'd be able to carry on studying for my A-Levels and get the grades I needed. But Llamau helped me to see that with their support, I could achieve anything I wanted to.

“When I found out that I'd got a place at the University of South Wales, it made all the hard work worth it. I was actually really scared when the day came to leave Llamau's accommodation and move into student halls - I wasn't sure I'd cope. Llamau's support, though, had taught me how to live independently and if I ever needed any more help, they were always at the end of a phone.

“Going to university was one of the best things I've ever done. It has allowed me to meet new friends and experience a different way of life. I was so happy when I graduated and am very much looking forward to becoming a social worker in the future. If you'd told me ten years ago that I would have just graduated from university, I wouldn't have believed you.”

The University made its first donation to Llamau, with its Christmas card donation at the end of 2017.

Professor Julie Lydon, Vice-Chancellor of the University of South Wales, said: “Llamau is a charity that campaigns and actively supports young people who are homeless, especially young women.  We are pleased to be working with another fantastic organisation that has contributed so much to social justice in Wales.” 

Wendy Collie, Income Generation Manager at Llamau, said: “At Llamau, we believe that no young person or vulnerable women should ever have to experience homelessness and are extremely grateful to University of South Wales for choosing to supporting Llamau as their nominated Charity.

“They have a great understanding of our mission to end youth homelessness and homelessness for vulnerable women; their fantastic support and fundraising efforts truly will change the futures for the people we support.

“Following the two-year association, we will consider other charitable causes to support, but in the meantime we hope staff will get behind this partnership and support the excellent work of Llamau.”