Social Exclusion Charity sees 39% increase in demand

Swansea based Social Exclusion Charity Caer Las has recorded a 39% increase in clients accessing their services across South Wales.

The Charity which works extensively with housing and homelessness related issues has seen a jump from 859 clients in the first 6 months of last year to 1193 clients over the same period this year.

Established more than 30 years ago, Caer Las is a charity dedicated to tackling both the causes and effects of social exclusion in South Wales. Caer las provides practical advice and support on issues including housing, finances and substance misuse to the people who need it the most.

Executive Director Jim Bird Waddington said “we were expecting a significant increase in the number of clients we work with due to the current financial climate and changes to the benefits system. The increase is across all of our projects, but predominantly because more people are accessing the housing, benefits and debt advice services offered in Swansea, Port Talbot and Bridgend”.

David is a client at Caer Las Access Point Project on The Strand, Swansea. He lost his job at the beginning of the year and ended up homeless. With support from Caer Las he has found a new place to live, attended training courses and is now starting a new job. “I’ve been able to organise my life through the use of Access Point’s computer and telephones, checking emails and ringing various job vacancies. Something as trivial as having use of a phone really made a difference” said David “I cannot stress how much of a difference their support has made”.

With winter approaching and the economic climate not improving the charity are expecting record levels of demand this year. Anyone who needs support and advice can contact Caer Las on 01792 646071 or call in to Access Point on The Strand behind Swansea Train Station.