Wales has seen a surge in the number of young people not in education, employment or training. Llamau, Wales' leading homelessness charity, are tackling this issue with their employment skills training centres, which empower young people and vulnerable women to provide for themselves, helping to prevent future homelessness in Wales.
We gave two grants to Llamau to help young, disadvantaged people realise positive futures. Our first grant of £50,000 transformed a former shop into a skills centre with accommodation for Llamau's service users in Merthyr Tydfil.
A second grant of £75,000 revitalised a wellness and training centre in Newport to create a space that offers both employability programmes and specialist therapy sessions for young people with poor mental health.
Four young people now live in the flats above the skills centre in Merthyr Tydfil and have been provided with a Learning 4 Life centre to help them gain useful qualifications and work experience. Rachal Minchinton, Head of Communications and Development at Llamau, said: "without LandAid’s support, this project would have taken a long time to bring to fruition, which would have been a tragedy for those young people it supports".
The wellness and training centre in Newport will provide employability programmes and therapy in the same place, making it as easy as possible for young people to get involved in education and training sessions while receiving support. Work is due to begin on the project this year.