Enfys Foundation started its life as the Rainbow Group in 1998 in Swansea. Richard & Kathy Gaunt-Morris owned a guest house in and took home a guy “D” that had become homeless due to an argument with his Dad. “D” offered to open and run a charity shop.
The Guest house was turned into a house for homeless people and we soon had another house in Plasmarl, again for homeless people to be restored and move on back into society.
When the shop in Swansea was opened we saw there was a great need here in Swansea and Wales, especially for furniture, and our attention quickly changed to support Wales. We were offered a van and “D” drove the van fetching in donated items. We quickly outgrew the first small shop as we had so much support with many donations.
In 2004 the Rainbow Group became a registered charity and was re-named Enfys Foundation. In 2008, we transferred the houses to another charity and focussed on furniture.
The charity has continued to grow from our humble beginnings, and we now have a shop in Neath and a reuse shop (a joint venture with F.C.C Environment and Neath Port Talbot Council) based at the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Briton Ferry. This reuse shop saves around 10 tons every month from going to landfill.
In 2021, we rebranded as “enfys reuse & restore” to better reflect what we do.
In September 2022, Samira Jeffreys was appointed the new Chief Executive of Enfys along with new Trustees Austin Walters , Euros Jones-Evans and Ralph Bettany.