The first 6 months of our new BIG lottery project, Families In Crisis (2), has proved to be a great success having received over 60 referrals for support. This shows clear evidence for both the level of local needs as well as the existing strong relationship held with referrers who have faith in our capability. Our project aim is to work with 24 families in year one and therefore given the influx of referrals, we have every opportunity to exceed this.
The FIC 2 project is a small team made up of a Case Manager, a Stress Practitioner and a bank of family mentors. We are currently working with 8 families on a weekly basis across Carmarthen town, Ammanford town and Llanelli Town, with another 4 due to begin soon. Each of these families has been given an individually tailored support package to meet their needs. This can include a Stress practitioner, a counsellor, a family or children’s mentor, or a combination of both. All of the support options will look at stress and related emotions and coping, with our work underpinned by attachment theory, neuroscience as well as resiliency theories. Our aim is to work with families for between two and six months (dependent on their needs) in order to give them the best chance to achieve their individual goals.