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Rescue bid for city charity

Rescue bid for city charity

Cyrenians and Gwlaia logos Several local non-profits have rallied around Swansea homeless charity Cyrenians Cymru after alleged fraud forced it into receivership, putting jobs and essential services at risk.

Local non-profits Gwalia, Caerlas and Family Housing, along with representatives from Swansea council, have met with Cyrenians Cymru in an attempt to prevent its core services from closing and save as many jobs as possible.

It’s hoped Gwalia may be able to act as an interim agent for income from funders, which could allow services to continue whilst longer term arrangements are made.

"As a group of organisations with similar missions, we are doing all we can. Welsh Government has shown positive support too, but the decisions of funders and conversations with the administrator will be crucial," said Gwalia Chief Executive Michael Williams.

"Cyrenians' services transform lives across this city; it is hard to countenance a Swansea devoid of the compassion and kindness they bring to people in need."

Across Swansea people have taken to social media to show their support for Cyrenians Cymru. Various events are planned to raise funds to try and keep much-needed services running. Donations will be allocated by Gwalia Trust as necessary to preserve Cyrenians’ frontline services as long as possible whilst their accounts remain frozen.

Cyrenians Cymru has operated in Swansea since 1973 and runs a range of projects for vulnerable people including the Cyrenians Community Centre, hostel accommodation and supported housing, as well as dedicated services for asylum seekers and sex workers in the city.