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 tasks.

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 Llamau







Jade on her AIF placement