Carmarthenshire Youth and Children’s association (CYCA) have been successful in obtaining from BIG Lottery. CYCA ROOTS (Resilience Offers Opportunities To Succeed) project will improve the wellbeing and resilience of families with low level mental ill-health through a family support programme working with both parents and children, providing accredited training and one to one support and mentoring The funding will support over 200 families in Llanelli over the next 3 years as well as accredited training in resilience for professionals.
Previous funding from BIG ended in April 2017 meaning the charity has really struggled to continue with vital services in the community but they have seen their luck change in 2018.
CYCA were firstly awarded the Flying Start contract to deliver a bi lingual nursery in Ysgol Pen Rhos which opens its doors after Easter providing the newest and most creative outdoor and indoor play in the County.
Gestamp a multinational company based in Felinfoel has adopted CYCA as its Charity to support in 2018. Many events planned throughout the year including many employees donating over 250 Easter eggs for children who use CYCA services as well as a cheque for £313.
And now in April CYCA has received 3 year funding from the BIG Lottery for £486,572
CEO Tracy Pike stated ‘we are overwhelmed with our successes this year after really struggling in 2017 to retain staff and vital services. It is getting harder and harder to gain financial support as competition is strong with more and more 3rd sector relying on the Lottery for funding. The awards are a testimony to the loyal and hardworking staff at CYCA who have gone above and beyond to receive the new funding and services. CYCA is now being recognised as leading Charity in emotional wellbeing in the County delivering services to families in their communities. The support from Gestamp is vital to our day to day operating costs meaning we can address the increasing demands for services for those children experiencing trauma and emotional distress.
Our training , which delivers accredited units with Agored Cymru has been recognised as a centre of excellence, capturing the individual needs of learners, some who are gaining qualifications for the first time in their 30’s and above, our oldest learner being 62 !
All new posts are advertised in the job vacancies in the Star this week as well as on CYCA website www.cycaonline.org