Homelessness

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Richard’s story

Richard struggles with mental health issues and says that trying to navigate the system to try and find accommodation is frustrating. He champions the establishment of an advocacy service for vulnerable people. We spoke to Richard at Y Lle when he was attending the soup kitchen. This is Richard's story.

18-years-old and homeless in Llanelli

ANOTHER Sunday evening at the soup kitchen in Old Castle Road and people begin to arrive. Llanelli Online is seated in a corner of the room with a laptop and some microphones. Gary Glenister who runs the soup kitchen informs one and all that should they wish to speak to the press, they are welcome to join us at our table. Quite...