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14 March 2012

Cardiff and Vale College make donation to Llamau

Welsh homelessness charity Llamau has benefitted from a generous donation made by a class from Cardiff and Vale College.

The class, studying for Level 3 Extended Diplomas in Public Services, raised money by taking over the college Café and throwing a coffee morning for staff and fellow students. They were then tasked with spending the money on items that would benefit the young homeless people who Llamau works with.

The money was spent on the items that Llamau have advertised in their Get Set Appeal. The idea behind the appeal is that the public support young homeless people by providing them with packs of cleaning equipment, bedding, cooking utensils etc. All the sorts of items that Llamau’s service users need when they move on into their own tenancies.

Llamau supports young people and vulnerable women facing homelessness, who may have experienced poverty, abuse and discrimination and have significant health and educational needs. They are a registered charity, providing specialist support to encourage stable independent living throughout eleven local authorities in South Wales.

The students themselves found the experience very valuable.  Teifion Greet, from Fairwater, an 18 year old Level 3 Extended Diploma in Public Services student at Cardiff and Vale College, said: “As a class, we’ve enjoyed the project and feel satisfied that we’ve been able to help someone in need and provide them with the basics to set themselves up in life. It was a real eye opener and it’s nice to know that there are charities out there like Llamau that help people in need. It’s made us all realise that it’s so easy for young people like ourselves to end up homeless.

It was strange to be in the mind-set of having a strict budget and only being able to afford the absolute necessities, but this put into perspective how expensive things really are. The project has made me feel more confident about moving out and makes me appreciate what I usually take for granted at home. “

Natasha Ryan-Jones, Public Services lecturer and course tutor at Cardiff and Vale College said: “Llamau works with many young people the same age as the Public Services students, which means they could really identify with the work that the charity does. The students have enjoyed taking part in this project and the experience has given them a taste of reality and equipped them with the life skills they need. After completing this project and discussing the social issues that they face in today’s society, the students sound a lot more mature about the idea of moving out and have learnt the pit falls of life. This project, as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate, has given the students the opportunity to perceive the real world and gain personal skills.”

Llamau’s Operational Director, Sam Austin, said: “We really appreciate the support of the students and staff of Cardiff and Vale College. It’s fantastic to know that these young people are prepared to do their best to help other young people who perhaps haven’t had the same opportunities as them. The items they bought will make a real difference to those who come to Llamau with nothing.”

More information on Llamau and the Get Set Appeal can be found at