1 Oct 2019
Homeless people or people who are at risk of homelessness can be some of the most hard to reach people in society, but the Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forward project, delivered in South East Wales by Llamau and supported by the European Social Fund and Welsh Government through the Active Inclusion Fund, aims to give them a new direction.
Kaysha came from a particularly difficult background when she
was referred onto Llamau's Learning 4 Life department, enduring
periods of homelessness and involvement with Youth Offending
Services. She had frequently struggled with previous training
services and providers; prone to angry outbursts and unable to
control her frustration with her work. She hadn't been able to get
the most out of her experiences, all the while trying to deal with
repeated periods of homelessness.
Kaysha had just been placed into emergency B&B accommodation
when she was referred to the Symud Ymlaen project, at which point
her outlook dramatically changed. Securing a placement with a local
hairdresser, Kaysha developed a renewed focus on engaging with
She became more at ease working with others and has hugely
improved her control over her emotional outbursts, to the extent
that Kaysha now achieved Agored qualifications in Health and Safety
in the Workplace and Digital Photography and is now earning a
regular wage as part of a paid work placement.
Jade is another Symud Ymlaen participant whose background was
very tumultuous - despite being only 17 years old she was the de
facto head of her household, acting as a carer for her younger
siblings as well as an older sibling with significant learning
difficulties. Jade had her own learning difficulties to contend
with and was bullied throughout her time at school - she was
desperate to learn and better herself but needed to do so in an
environment more suited for her needs.
Before being referred to Learning 4 Life, Jade needed help with
basic skills like numeracy, being unable to add, subtract or
multiply - money simply wasn't a concept she understood. She also,
understandably, struggled with her social skills but now with
structured one-to-one support, Jade's made stunning progress to the
point she's undertaking a 26-week work placement at an All
Creatures Great and Small charity shop.
European funding can make a huge difference to people from all
sorts of backgrounds, as the Symud Ymlaen / Moving Forward project
shows, and the opportunities presented by the Active Inclusion Fund
are simply too good to pass up. Start someone on their journey
today by visiting wcva.org.uk/activeinclusion
and finding out more.
Jade on her AIF placement