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Cuts, cuts and more cuts is the current economic mantra, of course; sadly, Coventry Cyrenians is the latest in a long line of organisations to bear the brunt of them.
Since 1973, the homeless charity has provided a range of services for homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged people in Coventry and Warwickshire, helping to improve their quality of their lives and providing support to help them live as independently as possible.
However, the organisation has had to make tough decisions and accept that its services could not continue as they were. The Cyrenians' open-house day centre, which provided subsidised food and other amenities, has been restructured so that staff now focus support on people with multiple needs.
"Those we identified as being in greatest need are being given priority," confirms Coventry Cyrenians' chief executive, Mike Fowler. "We have also done some structured work with existing clients to ensure that they are signposted to other services which are appropriate to their needs. Everyone at Cyrenians is disappointed to see the old service change, but we agreed that it was better to target the neediest rather than lose the entire service.
"Virtually every charity in this sector will need to review its services in the coming weeks and months. I doubt there will be one that isn't in the same boat as a result of the pressures on public sector spending. It's not a great place to be at the moment, but our sector has always been quite flexible and innovative in its approach to service delivery, and I'm sure that we will find ways to deliver the best we can under the circumstances."