It is no secret that homelessness is increasing across the United Kingdom and rough sleeping is at an all-time high. Although rough sleeping is the most visible form of homelessness, there are a wide range of situations that can lead an individual to be described as homeless. Many find themselves in this situation by no fault of their own and struggle to return to life before homelessness.
As well as building homes for those most in need, Taff provides services that prevent homelessness from occurring. With money advice, housing support and into work training, tenants are provided with the foundation upon which they can build a positive future.
But our two hostels are at the forefront of some of our most innovative work. Ty Enfys and Ty Seren, where we support young women to break the homelessness cycle and transform their lives, enable residents to understand that their past does not have to dictate their future. Our work centres around identifying adverse childhood experiences which have put residents at a greater risk of developing health-harming behaviours which could shorten their lives; give an increased likelihood of incarceration; lead to poorer educational attainment; and make them more likely than the rest of the population of being a victim or perpetrator of violence. This enables our staff to appropriately support residents in an individual programme that is tailored for them and will reduce the risks for them upon leaving our hostels.
Ty Enfys is a supported project for 21 young women and their babies. It is the only service of its kind in Wales. Young, homeless women come to Ty Enfys if they are pregnant or have recently given birth. The aim of the project is to give the new Mums a sense of stability and safety, where they can learn how to become great parents to their children. The staff also inspire and encourage them to achieve their ambitions. The Ty Enfys ethos is to encourage and inspire young parents to enjoy parenthood and every moment of their babies’ lives and not to label them because of their homelessness or unplanned pregnancies. The team has recently won a UK national award for their approach and work toward the prevention of future homelessness.
Ty Seren is a supported housing project for 29 single women aged between 16 and 25. The project centres on life skills which are designed to enable residents to confidently transition onto independent living when they are ready to leave the hostel. Residents are given the opportunity to take part in training schemes, further education and volunteering projects. During their time at the project, residents are given control over certain areas of their lives,which brings a level of trust that some may have never experienced before. Many are grateful for their time at the project as they feel confident in being independent. And they always know help is at hand if they need it, even after they leave.