CYCA are delighted to announce that we have received a new 4 year grant of nearly £900k from the BIG lottery's Improving Futures programme to provide support for children aged 5 to 10 years where parents have low level mental health problems or a learning disability. We shall be working collaboratively with Carmarthenshire County Council throughout the County.
The project has been developed by building on the good practice that has evolved from our 3 previous grants we have received over the past 9 years. The local authority have identified families who may be vulnerable because they do not or cannot access services to support their children. CYCA have always worked holistically with families providing a range of interventions that suit individual family needs. This may be befriending, therapeutic support as well practical advice on how to access services. An additional facet to this bid will be the online support so those families living in rural parts of the County can also access the help. We are perceived as non stigmatizing and non threatening, which is why perhaps families are more willing to engage with us.
The new project named 'Securing Futures' will begin on the 1st May 2012 and Association Manager Tracy Pike Association Manager stated, "In the current financial climate we are seeing more and more families plagued with debt which them impacts on their well being. Therefore by working with families with low level mental health problems (mental distress) such as mild depression and anxiety we can hopefully prevent them from becoming an adult mental health statistic. Also with Child poverty high on government agendas, this project will support these children who may be marginalised due to their parents problems. Working with children at a younger age can certainly be more effective than waiting until they reach adolescence--pro active instead of re active".
The funding will create 4 new jobs. Click on our Job Vacancies page for more details.
Click below to read the official press release from the BIG lottery.