This video celebrates the success of the Big Lottery funded Streets Ahead project, run by The Wallich from 2012-2016.

This unique project worked across Cardiff & The Vale providing vital and tailored support to vulnerable adults who had or still experienced homelessness, were seeking to improve their confidence, learn or refresh skills, build positive relationships and feel part of their communities.

Strong partnerships were built by the project team across a variety of sectors and created pathways for vulnerable adults to access further learning, education, training and volunteering opportunities.

The projects work in the community was also about challenging negative stereotypes that this group of people can often face and to demonstrate the value that these fantastic people have to offer.

Streets Ahead up-skilled people, increased confidence and motivation for over 600 people in total, and demonstrated that it’s never too late to return to education or work and reach your full potential.

Our video features some of fantastic service users, who were kind enough to share personal experiences of their involvement with the project, and how it helped them.

Julie, “Where I lived before I wouldn’t go out and I was in the flat 24 hours a day. Liz has helped me with the College and I’ve gained a lot more confidence. Without them it would be a lot worse than it is now”.

Dee, “I’m hoping to be in employment thanks to everything they’ve done for me. If you’ve got any ambition, go for it!”

Neil, “I never knew that I could run my own home as well as I do now. It’s helped me concentrate on knowing what I need to do”.

Tony, “I’ve got my 100 hours voluntary certificate, one for The Wallich and one for the Nightshelter – I’m going for my 500 hours. I always used to think I couldn’t do it, but anyone can”.

Thank you to Julie, Dee, Neil and Tony.