Six years after Homeless Pembrokeshire was established by Amanda Evans, the charity has earned nationwide recognition after being named winner of the ‘Women Mastering Change’ award.
The award is spearheaded by Bernie Davies Global and was presented to Amanda on International Women’s Day for her tireless work in struggling with the homeless situation in Pembrokeshire.
“The way in which Amanda supports women and their families who are struggling with the hidden issue of homelessness is paramount,” said Bernie Davies, “particularly as so many are fleeing domestic abuse.
“We’re so proud to recognise Homeless Pembrokeshire for everything that it’s achieving.”
Homeless Pembrokeshire was started in 2017 soon after Amanda moved to Wales from her previous home in Kent.
“And then in 2020 I became homeless myself,” she told The Herald.
“I lost nearly everything I owned, and I struggled to stay sane for two years.
“But despite everything I was going through at the time, there was no way that I would have given up on the charity. I’ve experienced what many of our clients are going through and as a result, I realise just how important it is to help others, particularly when the going gets very tough indeed.
“This award isn’t just about me, but about all those who have helped me and the charity along the way and who continue to do so on a very regular basis.”
Amanda has been invited to attend the coveted Women Mastering Change in the House of Lords on Tuesday, March 14.
“I’m living alone with my best friend, Eric the dog, and as much as I’d like to attend this event, Eric and funds will make it a bit difficult for me,” added Amanda.
“But I’ll definitely be there in mind and in spirit.”