CYCA are a registered children’s charity that operates throughout the County of Carmarthenshire and beyond. In existence since 1980, we specialise in providing emotional health and well-being support for children, young people and families through a range of projects and services, all with the ultimate aim of improving the lives of people we work with.
Our vision is a world where every child has a safe, loving home, where they are given every opportunity to thrive and reach their potential through living healthy, happy and fulfilling lives. Our mission is to provide excellent support services for children, young people and families across Carmarthenshire and beyond in the fields of emotional health and well-being, training, play, education and physical health.
Everything we do is about promoting positive well-being and empowering individuals to reach their potential – our work is pro-active encouraging learners to build up a strong belief system.
We are currently expanding our training services to other Counties.
Commended ‘Thriving Charity of the Year 2019’
We are an Agored Cymru centre of excellence. We have a highly skilled team that have delivered a wealth of accredited and non-accredited training to children, young people, families and professionals. Predominately our courses remain the focus in line with our core belief – building resilience, promoting emotional well-being and reducing stress and anxiety, as well as providing qualifications that will enable people to gain employment, improve confidence, self-esteem and inspire individuals to return to formal education.
We are constantly expanding our directory of training services. We have 3 new units that will launch in Spring 2020; mental health and well-being, healthy lifestyles and introduction to counselling.
Social Precribing-Llanelli GP Cluster
Our Social Prescribing work provides resiliency support to children and their parents who cannot access CAMHS; to date we have supported young people in managing their anger and depression which has assisted in their progress at school. We work holistically with the whole family providing support as wide as digital resilience through to parent and child fitness classes. A vital part of the social prescription work is the provision of a suitably qualified mentor to work on a 1:1 basis with the child.
CYCA currently provide early years care in two Flying Start nurseries Tedi Bach and Jellitotz and a Wraparound Service at Meithrin Bryn Bach located in Bryn School. Have a look at their pages to see the fantastic work carried out at these settings.
The 3 nurseries employ staff who have the appropriate childcare qualifications in accordance with the Care Council of Wales Framework. Staff hold valid DBS certificates, Food Hygiene qualifications, Fire Safety qualifications together with Child Protection and Paediatric First Aid qualifications.
Our work with Children and Young People
We deliver specialist training qualifications for children and young people. The courses are part of the Personal and Social Education Framework for Wales. The children access the courses in both group environment and on a one-to-one basis.
The groups are established by working closely with local Family Centres, Integrated Community Centres and Schools. Whilst the one-to-one courses are delivered through our well-being mentoring support package provided for the children.
‘Play is an important part of each child’s development and well-being, as well as the physical benefits of play; it increases positive emotions, which increases self-esteem and resiliency and reduces anxiety and stress’
As well as our emotional health and well-being projects and services, our work with children is also delivered through our designated play clubs.
These are delivered in the form of 3 After School Clubs run at Ysgol Pen Rhos, Ysgol Gymraeg Ffwrnes and Bryn Community Primary School and a Holiday Club which is run from Pen Rhos School during school holidays.