Llandeilo Hotel offers the homeless shelter from the storm

The White Hart Hotel in Llandeilo has offered rooms to the homeless looking for a bed for the night. Other people have offered to collect and ferry those in need of a bed to and from the hotel.

The extraordinarily kind gesture was made via their Facebook page and has already attracted messages of support and thanks.

The post on their Facebook page asked:

Are there any homeless people.in Carmarthenshire looking for a bed for the night ?... please share..

We have 8 empty warm...

Chooselife opens doors to the vulnerable for St Davids Day celebration

CHOOSELIFE in Llanelli opened its doors on one of the coldest days of the year today, Thursday (March 1) St Davids Day.

Around 20 vulnerable adults attended the St Davids Day celebrations and received hot bowls of cawl, bread, cheese and Welshcakes.

Alan Andrews who is one of the driving forces behind the centre had made a public announcement stating that the doors were open for St Davids Day.

Speaking to Llanelli Online he said: "Over 20 people came in from the cold and had a...

UKIP AM calls on WAG to tackle problem of empty homes

UKIP Wales Housing Spokesman, Gareth Bennett AM, today (Wednesday) called on the Welsh Government to do more to tackle the growing problem of empty homes in Wales, which are a wasted resource and affect the quality of life of local residents.

Speaking after a visit to the Salvation Army’s Tŷ Gobaith hostel in Cardiff, as part of the Equality, Local Government and Communities Committee’s inquiry on homelessness and...

Chooselife responds to petition for them to be moved

A PETITION calling for the relocation of a drug rehabilitation charity in Llanelli has been presented to the county council.

178 signatures were collected in support of the petition which called on the council to relocate Chooselife to alternative accommodation away from its present base at Copperworks Road in Llanelli.

Petitioners said they were concerned at the proximity of the charity to a new primary school being built in the area.

Presented by Vanessa March, chair of the...



Homelessness is on the rise in Llanelli. Despite this the County Council statistics claim that there are no homeless people in Carmarthenshire. We have been documenting the homeless in Llanelli for the last year. We have attended a soup station at Y Lle and We have visited the Salvation Army Citadel. We have been interviewing homeless people on the streets and we have helped one man who was living in a tent at the Delta Lakes get back...

Carols with Christmas dinner at Sosban Soup Station

THERE is an old story about soup and the kindness of strangers called 'Stone Soup'. The tale goes that some travellers come to a village, carrying nothing more than an empty cooking pot. Upon their arrival, the villagers are unwilling to share any of their food stores with the hungry travellers. Then the travellers go to a stream and fill the pot with water, drop a large stone in it, and place it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what they are doing. The...

Mayor humbled by Llanelli’s homeless stories

LLANELLI Town Mayor Cllr Jeff Edmunds says he has been humbled by a visit to a soup kitchen, which opens its doors every Sunday evening at Y Lle in Llanelli. Cllr Edmunds made his visit accompanied by Deputy Mayor Cllr Louvain Roberts on Sunday (Oct 22).

Speaking about his experience Cllr Edmunds said: "Its the first time I have come along. It is an amazing thing they are doing here. I have nothing but praise for them. I...

William’s Story

William has been homeless. He is now in a relationship and in a home with his partner. He has also found God and spends his time volunteering to help others. His outlook is quite simple. "He who has two coats let him give to him who has none." Llanelli has numerous empty buildings. Many of the old schools, churches and chapels were paid for by the community. They now appear to have been claimed and put on the market. The YMCA building is empty and rotting. The YWCA building is empty and...

It takes a village to raise a child

There are numerous quotations, which could be used to describe the scenario being played out in Llanelli at the moment regarding the plight of the homeless or rather the zero homeless if statistics are to be believed.

Do we dare mention the soup kitchen? Do we dare acknowledge that there is a problem of homelessness in the town? Do we dare acknowledge that many of these people have mental health issues or drug and alcohol related problems? Do we dare suggest that something is done about...

The Volunteer’s Story

David Elliot is a volunteer at the soup kitchen in Llanelli. David has been homeless himself and has become an advocate for the homeless. His concerns are that the problem of homelessness in Llanelli is growing and that the town is seeing the creation of an 'underclass' who remain invisible to the local authority and service providers. David is calling for a greater emphasis on advocacy for the homeless and those who are sofa surfing. David says he would like this service to be provided by...