GISDA - Providing Support and Opportunities for Young People

GISDA was established in 1985 to provide support and accommodation for homeless young people in the area.


At GISDA, we run several different projects. Our largest project is the Supporting People project. This project provides support for young people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Through this project we are able to support 62 young people throughout Gwynedd at any one time.


Every member of staff provides a tailored, person-centred support package. This enables each individual to gain an understanding of their rights and responsibilities and it helps them develop the skills required for living independently.

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At GISDA, we support each individual with their accommodation needs and we hope to help each individual build positive, trusting relationships. We work hard to make sure no young person faces any form of discrimination and that they are able to integrate fully into the wider community.


Your donations help us provide a better life for our young people. We would like to thank everyone from the business sector who have supported us and who continue to support us to this day.

About Us

We want to offer vulnerable people in our society the opportunity to improve their quality of life so they aren’t disadvantaged because of poverty.

In 1989, in partnership with Cymdeithas Tai Eryri, we opened our first hostel, called Hafan, in Caernarfon, for 8 young people. Since then we have opened another hostel, called Llys Meddyg, and a hostel, called Fron Fawr, both in Blaenau Ffestiniog. We also have two fully- furnished houses in Dolgellau, which are owned by Tai Clwyd. We also work in partnership with Gwynedd Council and the Housing Associations and, as a result, we have projects that can support people in other properties. We also continue to support people who are still living at home.

GISDA originally stood for’Grŵp Ieuenctid Sengl Digartref Arfon’ which meant Young, Single, Homeless Group of Arfon. Today we support young homeless people and their families throughout Gwynedd to include: single young people, single parents, expectant mothers, couples and families.

Over the years our services have expanded and developed and are still as much in demand today as they have always been.

Work with us

Looking for a fullfilling and challenging career?


Creative therapeutic Team Leader

Lead on GISDA Creative project and develop therapeutic interventions.

£21,432 - £24,553 pro rata



Education opportunities officer

To support young people to move on by offering accreditations, workshops, training and educational opportunities.




Support Worker

To support vulnerable young people, including young parents, to live independently.

To offer person-cent red support to help young people to maintain a tenancy, gain independent living skills, develop positive health and well-being and build resilience.

£17,526 + lwfans ar alwad a cysgu mewn



Marketing Coordinator

We are looking for an enthusiastic and energetic person to play a key role in promoting, marketing, monitoring and measuring the impact of GISDA's work, services and brand to raise awareness of what GISDA does.

£21,432 - £24,553

Holiday, Sick Pay, Pension, Staff wellbeing plan, TOIL/FLEXI


Therapeutic Personal Advisor (Maternity Cover)

  • Support Care Leavers, including young parents, with the transition from moving on to independent living. Provide a person centered toolkit that will support and make a positive difference to care leavers providing support with Housing, Education and Employment to reach their life aspirations and build resilience

£19,116 - £20,451

Holidays, sick pay, pension, staff wellbeing plan, TOIL/Flexi


Support Manager

Managing and Developing Support Services in GISDA in line with targets and expected outcomes from funders and stakeholders.

• GISDA Supporting People Services include – Housing Support Service that offers support to vulnerable young people with complex needs.

• Leaving care service that offers floating Support /accommodation and a personal advisor Service to young care leavers

• Homeless Prevention Project- Preventing homelessness and Promoting Independence

£25,259- £29,970

Holidays, sickness pay, pension, staff wellbeing plan


ICAN Connector

This role is part of the continued roll out of ICAN services across Betsi Cadwaladr’s Health board.

  • This post holder will lead and act as community ICAN Connector. It will form part of GISDA’s ICAN Hub which is already established in Gwynedd.

£21,432 - £24553

Holidays, Sickness pay, pension, staff wellbeing plan

Working with GISDA has never been more exciting, with challenging opportunities throughout North Wales.

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