About The Wallich
Why join us
We are a team of more than 300 dedicated people who strive to make life better for those who are experiencing homelessness. We have been providing accommodation and support services for homeless people since 1978, starting with a 20-bed hostel in Cardiff and expanding to a multi-project agency working in mostly all Local Authorities in Wales. We specialise in providing services for people with multiple, complex needs; people who, because of their high support needs, are often excluded from other services and have difficulty in accessing accommodation. The range of services The Wallich offers is as diverse as the client group we work with and the underlying aim is to ensure all people have access to support appropriate to their needs. Long term solutions, rather than short term fixes, are developed in partnership with the client. Over 30 years’ experience of working with vulnerable people have resulted in working practices which have evolved into a unique and effective way of working with clients. Our principles of inclusion mean that we don’t impose unnecessary rules and we always look for ways to say yes to a client, even to those whose chaotic lifestyles have meant they’ve been turned away by other agencies. To this end, we endeavour to remove barriers which might stand in the way of a client being able to receive our services. In practice, this means that, for example, we have projects, where the consumption of drugs or alcohol on the premises is permitted within the boundaries of the law and clients, are welcome to bring pets into their accommodation. We believe everyone deserves the right to a home, but more than that, that everyone deserves the right to feel safe, to feel valued and to feel positive about their future.
Lindsay Cordery-Bruce "This isn’t just what I do for a living, it’s my reason FOR living. I will shout loudly for the people we support and empower them to lead alongside me"
1. GETTING PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS Our Rough Sleepers Intervention Teams (RSIT) continue to help the most vulnerable and chaotic homeless people on our streets by providing outreach in the form of hot food, advice, referrals and pathways out of homelessness. 2. KEEPING PEOPLE OFF THE STREETS Our accommodation and support consists of residential projects in which we temporarily support people in accommodation that we also manage. These include direct access hostels, emergency night shelters and accommodation for people with specific issues such as substance misuse or mental health issues. 3. CREATING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE Our learning and employment projects are a range of services to encourage the people we support to use their current skills or gain new ones in order to get back into volunteering, education or employment. We provide training courses, volunteering opportunities and practical workshops to support people to become work-ready.
Courageous – We speak truth to power, we challenge ourselves and each other. We fearlessly pioneer new initiatives. We and our service users have the courage to drive change. Determined – We will not stop. We will continue to strive to make big changes, not only for our charity but for the people we support. We will not lose passion or focus, even when it’s hard. Authentic – We are genuine in our intentions, working on the front line with the people who need us. We walk the path alongside people and use peer experience to inform everything we do. Compassionate – At all times – always. No matter how many times someone comes to us for help, we will listen, be empathetic and greet them with kindness. Community – Everybody deserves to belong somewhere. As a team we are family and we embrace partnership. We strive for inclusion and acceptance of those affected by homelessness.