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North-East charity changes name ahead of expansion
A NORTH-EAST charity has changed its name ahead of a large expansion.
The Cyernians, which has provided help for vulnerable people across the region for more than 40 years, will now be known as Changing Lives.
The charity - which supports more than 1,400 people each month in areas such as homelessness, addiction and offending – currently provides services in County Durham, Teesside, Northumberland, Yorkshire and Tyne & Wear.
In the next 12 months, it hopes to expand to cover South Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, the North West, Midlands and South Wales.
Group chief executive of Changing Lives, Stephen Bell OBE, explained: “This major and exciting development is driven by our success in developing and delivering innovative and effective services which genuinely change the lives of people for the better every single day, and our plans to expand further afield and offer these more widely.
“In recent years our original name has increasingly presented issues for us, especially as we grow beyond the North East.
“There are other charities – some operating in similar fields – which are known as ‘Cyrenians’ and we have been very sensitive to potential confusion with them as they continue in their important work.”
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