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Organisations to take on Cyrenians’ projects

Organisations to take on Cyrenians’ projects

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We're pleased to announce that we've taken on the former Cyrenians Cymru project, CHAPS (Community Horse and Pony Scheme).

As the result of an alleged fraud, Cyrenians Cymru went into administration, funding streams were frozen and CHAPS, along with other projects, was facing closure. 

We've since been in talks with the Big Lottery Fund and the administrator who have agreed that we can take on CHAPS from 11th February.

Based in Gowerton, CHAPS helps and rehabilitates disadvantaged and disengaged people through horse care and interaction, using the daily care of animals to provide structure and opportunity for personal growth.

Horses at Chaps CHAPS is also funded to develop urban horse owner responsibility on an outreach basis in Swansea; working closely with communities to provide education, support and training in horse welfare.

Chief Executive, Michael Williams said: "The outreach service provided by CHAPS has strong links to some of the areas we already work in and therefore allows us to enhance the service offering we are able to provide to these communities. Along with Caer Las, we’re pleased to have been able to play a part in protecting jobs and enabling the valuable work done by Cyrenians to continue."

Caer Las have been able to transfer several other Cyrenians services from 10th February. Unfortunately though, the community centre at St Matthew’s Church on High street which offers homeless people a hot meal, shower and health care advice has not been part of either rescue package.

Jim Bird-Waddington explained: "No one has not lost sight of the vital work undertaken in the Community Centre, unfortunately, Caer Las has not been able to take on this project in its current form, as it currently has no revenue funding in place for its core activities."