Inspired to Create a World Without Homelessness
Story by Jenna Lewis – Director of Fundraising & Communications
I’m often asked why I chose my job, and the answer is always the same.
I am inspired and humbled by the achievements of the people we support. It’s so moving to be able to play just a small part in enabling someone to have a positive future, free from homelessness and abuse.
For me, that’s a key part of our job in fundraising and communications – to make sure that the people, companies and funders who support us understand the huge part they have played in changing, and sometimes saving, someone’s life. I find it equally uplifting and inspiring to know that there are people out there who give their time, money and energy to help someone so much less fortunate than themselves, and who stand beside us in our belief that we really can create a Wales without homelessness.
Our mission is a big one, but it would be wrong for it to be anything less ambitious. After all, doesn’t everyone have a basic human right to have a safe home – one which opens up much greater possibilities for their future.
I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last year. Whatever you’ve done, whatever you’ve given, you have played a crucial role in changing the lives of people across Wales and making it a possibility that in the future, no one will have to face the frightening prospect of homelessness.
The past year has seen some amazing partnerships raising vital funds to support our work.
In December 2019, we partnered with World’s Big Sleep Out to hold our biggest ever Sleep Out event at Cardiff Castle. The event saw over 500 people sleeping out at the castle and raising over £110,000 for Llamau.
We held our first-ever Sleep Over for under 18s, with 120 children and young people sleeping over at the Principality Stadium and raising almost £10,000.
Admiral’s support for our Learning 4 Life programme in Newport continued, while Eversheds-Sutherland continues to fund our Bursary Scheme while also sponsoring and participating in our fundraising events.
We were thrilled to launch partnerships with Deloitte and Urdd Gobaith Cymru last year. Deloitte’s Cardiff office have committed to supporting Llamau for three years and have already raised over £8,000 alongside donating laptops to help the people we support continue to engage with education and training throughout lockdown. Urdd Gobaith Cymru launched a new partnership with Llamau last Christmas, providing a Christmas lunch, activities and goody bags for everyone we support. They also raised over £11,000 through their ‘Red, White and Green Day’.
Last year, our partnership with the University of South Wales, unfortunately, came to an end but over the two years of the partnership, the University raised an amazing £12,395.
Whether you’ve run a marathon or set up a monthly Direct Debit, your support is crucial in delivering our mission to create a Wales without homelessness. We simply couldn’t do it without you.
You can find out more about just some of our fantastic supporters, including Laurence Brophy who cycled from Lands’ End to John O’Groats at the age of 88 as well as two of our partners, Bouygues and the Good Wash Company.
You can also find out more about our partners and how you could support Llamau by visiting www.llamau.org.uk
Our income in 2019-20 was £14,006,892 and we spent £14,065,247
In 2019-20, we spent£14,065,247
Last year87.55%of our money was spent on Direct Services
Last year1.9%of our money was spent on Fundraising
Last year10.52%of our money was spent on Governance and Administration