Wales Co-operative Centre’s Housing Manager Dave Palmer will be sleeping out at the Wales International Sports Stadium in Cardiff in support of Wales’ leading homelessness charity Llamau tonight (Thursday 7th November). Dave is joining 129 others supporting the cause, which supports homeless young people and vulnerable women across Wales.
Dave Palmer is project manager of an innovative Welsh Government funded project investigating the potential for developing co-operative housing in Wales which is supporting several pioneer projects throughout the country. The project, which is run by the Wales Co-operative Centre, offers business support and advice to new and existing organisations looking to develop housing co-operative schemes in Wales. Its goal is to develop and stimulate demand for the Co-operative Housing approach throughout Wales
Dave Palmer commented,
“At the Wales Co-operative Centre, we work to combat homelessness and tackle poverty by taking a proactive early intervention approach, trying to mitigate the need for costly crisis intervention further down the road. Recent research that we have supported suggests that four out of five private tenants may be unaware of the effect that forthcoming welfare reforms could have on them. Half of the tenants we spoke to had struggled to pay their rent and utility bills and one in five had turned to door step or payday lenders in the last year. Financial difficulties and increased debt are often a major element in individual’s paths to homelessness. This is why supporting charities such as Llamau is so imperative and Sleep Out provides us with an ideal opportunity to raise both funds and awareness.”
“This is why I feel it is important for me to raise awareness of the issues that lead to homelessness as well as support those organisations such as Llamau which help people who already find themselves on the streets”.
Donations in support of Dave Palmer can be made at www.justgiving.com/Dave-Palmer2012
Wales Co-operative Centre
The Wales Co-operative Centre was set up thirty years ago and ever since has been helping businesses grow, people to find work and communities to tackle the issues that matter to them. Its advisors work co-operatively across Wales, providing expert, flexible and reliable support to develop sustainable businesses and strong, inclusive communities.
Llamau is the leading Homelessness Charity for the most vulnerable Young People and Women in Wales.
The word Llamau means steps, progression or threshold in old Welsh, and our ultimate aim is to support the people who use our services in making these positive steps.
We’ve become a ‘provider of choice’ because of our ability and reputation for working with all young people and vulnerable women. We are particularly well known for engaging with those at risk - particularly care leavers, young offenders, those at risk of offending, victims of domestic abuse, and people who have chaotic and disadvantaged lifestyles. They all need high levels of individual support to gain the necessary skills to live independently and integrate with communities.