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Wavehill Report - Final Evaluation May 2012.


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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’.

‘Good-Practice Model’

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.

To read the full evaluation report by Wavehill here (PDF Format 1.1Mb).


Wavehill Report - Independent Mid-term Evaluation January 2011.


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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 Format 1.5Mb).