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Cyrenians Employment and Training (CET) host visit from the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats.


“It was very inspiring to visit the Cyrenians Community Centre and meet with its users and staff. It is an excellent resource doing a great deal of good in Swansea and I hope they continue to go from strength to strength.”

That was the reaction from Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Vince Cable following his visit to the Cyrenians Community Centre yesterday afternoon.

Vince Cable visited the Charity’s’ Community Centre on High Street in Swansea as part of the campaign trail where he discussed the issues of Tax and Employment.

Cyrenians Employment and Training is a subsidiary company of Cyrenians Cymru charity encompassing five centres which are all dedicated to upskilling and training the most socially excluded and vulnerable adults in Swansea, as well as offering support and access to health care.

The Cyrenians Employment Support Agency is the latest addition to the services offered by CET and has been created to help those people who would not otherwise be able to access mainstream employment agencies. The agency provides access to computers to assist people in actively seeking employment, as well as training, support with CV’s and information for people as to what benefits they are entitled to.

Since February 2010 Cyrenians Employment and Training and Cyrenians Cymru has been a part of the Governments Future Jobs Scheme in conjunction with the City and County of Swansea and Job Centre Plus. Between the Company and the Charity 22 new employees have been taken on a six month paid work initiative, with all of those recruited having been out of work for six months or longer.

As well as the new Future Jobs employees CET is also very proud of another of its success stories. One year ago Christine Jones was unemployed, homeless and on the streets of Swansea. Today, through the support of CET, she is on the verge of launching a new social enterprise catering business.

Christine Jones says:

“The organisation is amazing, especially for what they have done for me, this time last year I was homeless and fearing for my safety on the streets now I have my own flat, a job, support and am on the verge of starting my own business.
Initially I started out as a volunteer at the Cyrenians Community Centre because I wanted to give something back and working made me feel like I was worthwhile and normal again. Now that I have a job I feel like there is nothing I can’t do and through the support of the CET I have the courage to do it.”

Cyrenians Cymru CEO Conrad Watkins says:

“We work with disadvantaged adults in one of the most deprived areas of Wales. We are looking to Government to recognise the growing role Third Sector Organisations like ours play in not only getting people back on their feet but also in getting them trained and supporting them back into work.
We are grateful to Vince Cable for taking the time to visit us and find out about our work, and we hope he will take on board many of the issues raised during his visit to the Community Centre and to Swansea.”

Cyrenians Employment and Training is funded by the Welsh European Social Fund .

CESA is part of Cyrenians Employment and Training Ltd a subsidiary of Cyrenians Cymru Charity.

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Please contact Kimberley Nutbrown.