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CASE STUDY: Greenstream Flooring collaborate with Llamau to provide a vulnerable young person with carpet for their first home

Greenstream Flooring CIC was established to divert flooring from landfill, provide employment and to help those in need in the local community.  We have good experience of supporting people with mental health wellbeing with work confidence and providing long-term employment.

We were approached recently by local homelessness charity, Llamau, to assist with providing flooring to a young person who had been supported to move into his own flat, but sadly, the flat was not yet equipped with any flooring, just a bare floor.

Llamau is one of Wales’ leading homelessness charities, supporting young people and women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. The charity are well-known for their work around homelessness prevention, supporting young people and women before they reach a point of crisis, as well as providing supported accommodations, outreach support and domestic abuse services.

Llamau work with registered social landlords operating in RCT to provide suitable and permanent accommodation under the Housing First for Youth project, which works with young people from 16 – 24 years of age.

We were asked if we could help provide flooring to a vulnerable young person as they had very limited funds and were in need of flooring to make their new home habitable.  Sadly, we hear of this situation all too often, as it is common practice for social new lets not to provide flooring.  This was highlighted last year in a report entitled “Floored” which was commissioned by TPAS Cymru, and to which we also contributed. *  Some social tenants end up living without carpets or appropriate flooring for many years, which, in many cases, can have a serious impact on the health and wellbeing of the tenants.

We supplied and fitted reused grey carpet tiles to the one bedroom flat in Taffs Well and the young man commented afterwards:

“The carpet in my flat was fitted today and I am so pleased, because my flat looked bare before and did not feel like a home. It looks so much better and feels a lot more homely and I know I want to stay and live there now, thank you so much.''

Ellen Petts, founder and managing director, Greenstream Flooring CIC, said:

“This is a great example of why I wanted to set up Greenstream.  Not only have we diverted carpet tiles from landfill, we have also supplied free flooring to someone in genuine need.”

Emma Lacey, Project Manager (RCT Housing First for Youth) also commented:

“We cannot thank Greenstream enough for their help supporting this young man. So many people take things like having a carpet for granted, but it helps make a house a home for a young person we’re supporting. It creates a feeling of home and comfort, which in turn supports mental health and wellbeing.”

For information on Llamau please visit their website https://www.llamau.org.uk/

*Floored – provision of appropriate flooring in social housing by TPAS Cymru and Tai Pawb October 2020.

 

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