Caer Las – Editor’s Choice

With Lesley Williams

I sadly lost my mother-in-law earlier this year, and one of the most difficult things that we, as a family, had to do was organise the disposal of her personal effects. Her clothes were fairly easy to find homes for, but the furniture proved a bit more tricky, that is until a fortuitously timed phone call from Ioan Davies, the Finance Director of Caer Las. Ioan was enquiring if it was possible to advertise the charity’s services in the magazine and quickly organised for his team to pop along to pick up the unwanted furniture. If you’ve ever had the experience of clear-ing the home of a much loved parent, you’ll know how emotional it can be. The guys from Caer Las treated each piece of furniture with the utmost respect and were courteous and very polite. They may have been tables and chairs to them, but to us they represented many, many years of happy occasions – Christmas lunches, family dinner parties and too many fish and chip suppers to count.

It was never going to be easy – but at least we felt that the furniture was going to go to a good home.

Caer Las Furniture Scheme is a social enterprise, part of the charity Caer Las Cymru. Caer Las is dedicated to providing support services to people suffering profound social exclusion within our local community.

Caer Las’ services support local individuals who, for whatever reason, are deemed by others, or themselves, to be disengaged and vulnerable. They are often people who have experienced homelessness, housing crisis, physical or mental health pro-blems, substance use difficulties, or who have spent time in prison.

Caer Las provides housing, tenancy support to people in their own homes, specialist mental health services and prevention of homelessness advice services. They also have a 24-hour home-less hostel, an older person’s accommodation service, and some niche projects providing specialist training support and assistance. The Charity runs projects in Swansea, Neath – Port Talbot and Carmarthenshire.

The vision for the work that Caer Las delivers begins with the belief that people’s problems and deficits are things that they experience, and are not a part of their identity. Caer Las believes that each individual is the best expert in their own life, and they have inherent resourcefulness, strengths and abilities, which they can draw upon to make changes in their thinking and behaviours. The individual’s personal goals and aspirations are the ones which count and a great deal of the work done involves developing conversations that are led by the client, working to their particular aspirations, at their pace. These ‘solution focused’ conversations are the keys to Caer Las’ clients being empowered to make positive changes with a programme of support that gives them the best chance of attaining their goals.

Caer Las Furniture Scheme’s mission is to help raise vital funds to support the Charity to continue to deliver these critical services. Your donations of good quality unwanted furniture, household items, rugs, electrical items and white goods are always needed and there is a FREE and FAST collection service. Your furniture will either be used directly within the Charity’s projects, or may be sold to members of the public in order to generate funds to support Caer Las’s mission.

The Showroom, which is just off Neath Road, Hafod, Swansea, offers an ever-changing range of sofas, beds, dining sets, wardrobes and much more at fantastic prices. From vintage to modern, there is something for every taste and budget with bargains galore!

ALSO ON OFFER ARE FULL OR PART HOUSE CLEARANCES, REMOVALS OR ATTIC CLEARANCES AT VERY AFFORDABLE PRICES.

More information on Caer Las and Caer Las Furniture Scheme can be found on the website www.caerlas.org

TO DONATE or to arrange HOUSE CLEARANCE / REMOVAL, call the Furniture Scheme on:

01792 653553

TO BUY, visit the Showroom: Hafod Yard, 1333 Neath Road, Swansea SA1 2LF

(when you get to the traffic lights by the Pizza Hut/ Premier Stores turn at those lights towards the bus lane, then turn left just after the car park on the left hand side) facebook.com/CaerLasFurnitureScheme

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