A Short History

1986
The John Rowley Trust is set up by a group of concerned individuals in the Vale of Glamorgan to provide housing to homeless teenagers.

1989
A group of social workers and probation officers working in Cardiff take a keen interest in the lack of accommodation for young offenders when other hostels won't house them. We subsequently set up Llamau’s first Supported Housing project for young offenders in Cardiff.

1990
We open another Supported Housing project in Cardiff, recognising the continued lack of provision for young people with very high support needs. Llamau is noted at an early stage as a specialist in the provision of services to young people.

1994
Llamau begins floating support services in the Vale of Glamorgan. We increase our services in Cardiff with a floating support scheme, and HOPS - a housing advice project specifically for young people in Cardiff.

1998
Llamau opens JIGSO, a project working with single homeless people aged 16–60 in the Vale of Glamorgan. The Learning for Life project also begins, providing pre-vocational training for young people.

1997
John Rowley Trust merges with Llamau.

1998
Cwm Rhymni Action Group merges with Llamau, increasing our service provision in Caerphilly County Borough.

2000
Concerned by the lack of options for homeless young people, our first Family Mediation services are developed across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan.

2001
Following a change in legislation to the Children Leaving Care Act (Wales) 2001, Llamau develops its first Young Person’s Advisor service in partnership with the Vale of Glamorgan Children’s Services.

2002
The Welsh Assembly Government changes the priority groups for homeless people to include 16 and 17 year olds. Llamau opens its first SAFE (Supported Housing, Advice, Family Mediation and Empowerment) project in Cardiff to provide specialist accommodation for homeless 16 and 17 year olds in response to this change in legislation.

2002
Cardiff Single Women’s Housing Group merges with Llamau, providing two women-only, 24-hour supported housing projects in Cardiff and Newport, plus four supported houses.

2003
Llamau expands its projects to include Bridgend and Newport.

2004
We win the tender to provide floating support services in Monmouth.

2007
Llamau develops a second Young Person’s Advisor project in partnership with Caerphilly Social Services.

2008
Llamau extends its support service in Monmouth with the CHYPS project, and wins a new tender to provide Supported Housing services in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

2009
Llamau merges with Merthyr Women’s Aid to form a Women’s Services department in Merthyr that provides refuge accommodation for women and children.

We set up a new 24 hour Supported Housing project named Garth Newydd in Merthy Tydfil for young people with high support needs.

2010
We open our first Supported Housing project in Torfaen. It's staffed 24 hours a day for young people with high support needs.
 
Merthyr refuge becomes the first 24 hour refuge in Wales.
 
In partnership with Women's Aid Monmouthshire, we open Monmouthshire MAC, a multi agency centre giving help and advice to people suffering from or at risk of domestic abuse.
 
We merge with Caerphilly Women's Aid and assume responsibility for four refuges catering for women and children fleeing domestic abuse.
 
2011
One of our Caerphilly refuges follows Merthyr and is staffed 24 hours a day.
 
We open a new, four-bedroom supported housing project in Torfaen for young people.
 
Ty Rhondda, another new supported housing project, opens in RCT.  
 
 
2012
In partnership with Merthyr Tydfil Housing Association, we open the Flooks Cafe, a social enterprise cafe in Merthyr, with supported housing units, a training kitchen, community meeting room and space for Learning 4 Life session.
 
2012 also sees the opening of Mackintosh Place, a 2nd stage move on property in Cardiff.
 
In association with Monmouthshire County Council we introduce MODAS, a domestic abuse outreach service in Monmouthshire. The service supports women with complex needs and poor mental health as a result of domestic abuse.
 
The Rural Outreach Project opens in Caerphilly to provide homelessness prevention support to vulnerable women in rural areas.

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Midge Ure at Llamau's 21st Birthday Conference 2007
Ian Watkins at Llamau's Awareness Day 2008