About us

Co-operative Action to Change and Hurry Up Progress (CATCHUP) was set up over 18 years ago by a group of disabled people, for disabled people, to promote integration of people with disabilities into the local community. It follows the Co-operative philosophy of each member having a vote on how the Co-operative is run. Membership is through the purchase of a one pound share, which then enables the members to cast their vote on how the Co-operative operates.

CATCHUP is currently funded by the Carmarthenshire County Council Social Services Department. While most of our workload is based around the Llanelli area we will assist anyone living within the county boundaries from Cenarth and Newcastle Emlyn in the West, Llandovery in the North, as well as Brynamman, Garnant and Ammanford in the North East.

We are involved with many other Voluntary organisations such as Disability Wales / Anabledd Cymru, Llanelli Carers Group, Crossroads Carers, Carmarthenshire Association of Voluntary Services, Age Concern Sir Gar, National Carers and many others. CATCHUP has been involved in the setting up of a local access group, carers group, disability forum, disabled archery group plus many others that work with disabilities.

Official Opening of the CATCHUP offices 

Llanelli Town Mayor Councillor Eryl Morgan presents a cheque from the Council to David Evans, Trustee of CATCH UP, at the official opening .  Looking on are Mr. Alan Pinney, Chairman of CATCH UP, Councillor Diane Derby, Vice Chair of Llanelli Rural Council, and Councillor Gary Thomas, Deputy Mayor Llanelli Town Council.

Development for the disabled...

While our staff have been able to assist with benefit claims and reviews since our inception 18 years ago we found that there was a lack of support for people who wished to appeal against decisions not to grant benefit following a review. During 1997 the committee agreed that we should make an application to the National Lottery Charities Board in an attempt to secure funding to set up an appeal representation section within the organisation.

The application was successful and funding secured for a three-year period. As a result we were able to employ a co-ordinator to run the Lottery Project which would be supported by a team of volunteer tribunal representatives. To date the project has proved a great success with the workload continuing to rise as word gets around regarding our existence. Carmarthenshire County Council now also funds the appeals section.

Newpaper article - Lottery funding for appeals

During the 2005/2006 financial year CATCHUP were able to assist the people of Llanelli claim over £1.9 million in Welfare Benefits while the Lottery Project helped people claim over £250,000. With an estimated £13,000,000 unclaimed in Carmarthenshire every year our success is only the tip of the iceberg.