Beginning in May 2012, our four year BIG lottery funded project provides support to families with children aged 5 to 10 years old, who have parents with learning disabilities or mental health problems with multiple complex needs. The project was originally funded for four years until May 2016, and during this period we have supported over 200 families.
A successful bid for further funding has allowed us to extend the project until May 2017, and to develop our approach to planning and delivering an effective prevention and early intervention support service to children, and their families across Carmarthenshire based upon the understanding that secure attachment relationships are vital to healthy child development and positive outcomes.
The additional funding has allowed us to expand the project both in terms of who we can help, and how we can help, and to offer a flexible and comprehensive ‘attachment aware‘ response to individual family needs.
Who we can help
Families and children aged 5-11 in Carmarthenshire who may be experiencing distress, anxiety, depression and challenges because of change, family breakdown or other issues.
How we can help
The most effective early intervention considers the whole family and looks to build on strengths i.e what ‘works well’.
A detailed initial assessment ensures that the project team can offer tailored packages of support on an individual basis. This can include:
Parental support: we understand how stress can impact on parenting. You may feel there is nothing you can do about stress but we can help you build a ‘stress-busting’ toolbox; identify your sources of stress, and learn about healthy ways to manage it. Learn how to build better family relationships and how to provide the crucial experiences for your child which will have a lifelong impact on their mental and emotional health.
Mentoring support for children: helps build resilience, confidence and self-esteem.
Specialised therapeutic support: delivered by appropriately qualified and experienced practitioners.
Over the course of the last four years the project has evolved alongside schools which are increasingly under pressure to address attachment issues. The fifth and final year of funding is currently enabling us to work closely in partnership with Maes Y Morfa Primary Community school in Llanelli to offer a varied programme of support to families and children designed to promote emotional health and wellbeing and improve relationships, with the aim of improving learning and educational outcomes for children.
In addition we are now able to offer the families with whom we work accredited training and qualifications through Agored Cymru – this may be on an individual basis or through group workshops, whichever approach best fits the learners’ needs.
For further information or to make a referral please contact:
Nia Williams / Debbie Pearsall (Case co-ordinators):
Tel: 01554 757599