Llanelli Women’s Aid Ltd was founded in 1984, by a group of volunteers. In 1985 the first refuge was established. Due to the ever increasing numbers of women, plus the limited facilities available in the refuge, Llanelli Women’s Aid Ltd approached Gwalia Housing Society with a view to improving the services. In 1992, building work began on a six bedroom, purpose built refuge, with disabled facilities and was opened in 1993.
In 2002, our outreach office was opened. This provided an opportunity for women living in the community to access our services. To develop this service further, we were fortunate to secure funding from The Welsh Assembly Government. This enabled us to employ Floating Support workers, which gave us the resources to support an extra 15 families.
The group continued to strive working as a collective and whilst this had been adequate and appropriate, by 2006/07 Llanelli Women’s Aid Ltd had grown to 13 members of staff and our income had risen to £403,695 per annum. Due to the continuing growth of the group, the trustees took the decision to disband the collective and implement a hierarchical structure. Consequently, in September 2006 a manager was appointed to review existing work practices and implement a new operational structure.
Since October 2007, we have become a limited company by guarantee.