For four decades we have worked to tackle entrenched poverty and deprivation in South West Wales, and we now offer a range of services to homeless and disadvantaged adults that encompass accommodation, tenancy support, health and healthy living, recycling, lifelong learning, vocational training, employment support and social enterprise.
Our ethos is simple. We exist to help people afflicted by poverty to improve their lives and achieve brighter futures.
Please click on the image below to see a larger version of our timeline which gives you a brief synopsis of our history.
We intend to publish comprehensive statistics covering all our main interventions within the whole organisation soon.
These will include the number of participants enrolled on our projects and benefiting from our services as well as some breakdown of all the different types of their achievements.
In the meantime we have some headline statistics you might be interested in.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for those tendering for this contract can be found by clicking the following link Final Evaluation Report FAQs.
Evaluation hails success of Cyrenians Supported Employment and Training (CSET) project.
An independent evaluation carried out by Wavehill Ltd. has hailed CSET as an ‘exemplar project’ of significant economic and social benefit to Wales. Funded by the Welsh European Funding Office, the scheme has worked with over 5,000 disadvantaged people in the Swansea Bay area, supporting over 850 into employment, with help to remain in work.
The project is tailored to people who are disengaged from mainstream services, including those who suffered homelessness or social isolation. It offers an integrated network of services that:
1. Help people overcome barriers.
2. Provide a wide range of accredited training.
3. Help people find and stay in employment.
Economic benefit to Wales - £1.44 for every £1 spent.
The evaluators undertook a rigorous cost-benefit analysis of the £5.9 million project, and calculated that for every £1 spent the return on investment for Wales was £1.44, adding that this was likely to be a ‘conservative estimate’.
The evaluation summarised CSET as a ‘good practice model that could potentially be extended across Wales’.
Cyrenians has joined forces with Caer Las Cymru, Cymorth Cymru, Cadwyn Housing Association and Shelter Cymru to form the Places of Change Consortium. The POCC consortium is looking to develop the model across Wales, in areas of acute need, under the 2014-20 structural funds programme.
An independent mid-term evaluation of this unique project, which is funded by the Wales European Funding Organisation and which aims to help some of the most marginalised people in Swansea Bay participate in training and find work, has recently been carried out by Wavehill Ltd.
They have found that
‘The mix of life skills, with work experience then a dedicated employment agency is the whole-person package that makes the Cyrenians model a success, and with a bit more time could prove to be a good practice model for similar charities across Wales and the UK’
To read the full report click here (PDF - 3.7Mb)
Cyrenians Employment and Training Ltd (CET) is a subsidiary company of the Charity Cyrenians Cymru. CET was founded in 2010 after the Charity secured funding from the Welsh European Funding Office and the Welsh Assembly Government.
The aim of CET is to act as the delivering body for training and employment services for participants in the Swansea Bay area.
CET offers lifelong learning courses to anyone over the age of 16 at four learning centres in Swansea.
Help and practical advice to job seekers and recruitment services for employers are available from
Through these centres CET is dedicated to help people gain skills which will lead to employment.
Click on the following link for details and statistics of our progress so far.