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Press Release

Adref to Close after 30 Years work in the Valleys

Adref local homeless charity has announced it will have to close its doors within the next few months following Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf councils re-commissioning hostel services for the Cwm Taf area.

Founding Board Member of Adref, Geraldine Jones, said:

 ‘This is devastating for the organisation. Those services represented 70% of all Adref’s work and the Board felt it unfeasible that we could go forward with remaining schemes whilst maintaining the high quality that we have become known for. Most staff will retain their jobs with the new provider but there will be a number of staff redundancies and the loss of a dedicated team of over 50 volunteers.”

The charity was founded in 1990 and has run 4 hostels for the homeless; delivered support to hundreds of people in their own homes to prevent them becoming homeless; and has two charity shops that provide essential items for the homeless and organises the hugely successful Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Mrs Jones continued:

“Adref is locally based and managed by Trustees that all live in the Cwm Taf area and has a successful history of providing trauma informed, preventative services, alongside community engagement and boosting the local economy, offering employment and training opportunities for local people.

 “We have always been committed to the area and this is evidenced by the £800,000 of investment Adref has made to keep loss making schemes afloat also the purchasing of Chaplin’s Hotel to convert into a hostel for young people in Merthyr Tydfil. No external agency coming in will do this and this is a very short-sighted approach by the local authorities.”

The volunteers have started an online petition with nearly 400 signatures in three days. (Please search 38degrees Adref. On any search engine)

The Adref Board are currently considering the close down procedure; however, it is anticipated that this will happen in the Spring.

 

For further information and to organise interview please call

Julie Richards, Vice Chair and Trustee on 07581 031042