LAC Mentoring Club enjoys a very successful year

Our LAC Mentoring Club has enjoyed a really successful 2014, as the young people had access to a range of support activities and information that helps them make a positive transition in to adulthood, further education, volunteering and some instances independent living

Throughout the year, the young people have worked closely with our team of mentors and therapists in order to improve their self-resiliency, self confidence, and life skills. This year we developed a tailor made programme of workshops, centred around emotional health and wellbeing, which were based on topics and issues raised by the young people which were then transformed and delivered by our very own therapists.

Highlights of this club have seen the group take part in music sessions with the ‘Rock Academy’ as well as healthy cooking and art & craft workshops.

We have also had Big Brother 2013 Winner Sam Evans visit the group throughout the year to talk about his general experiences. The young people have also created their own ‘blog’ where they write and upload their own articles about mentoring club. Some of the young adults have also become peer mentors.

The work at the LAC Mentoring club will continue in the new year, where the young people will have continued access to valuable and in some instances, life changing support.


First 6 months of FIC 2 project is great success

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.

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Exciting Schools Project Up and Running!

The end of this term has seen us complete the first part of our new innovative school based project - 'Family Foundation'. Kicking off in October 2014, the project allows us to work in partnership with 3 primary schools in Llanelli, namely Bigyn, Halfway and Stebonheath, where we offer unique workshops to parents/carers, children and staff to further understand child behaviour and how to actively understand and support their needs.

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Sexual Exploitation training in great demand

CYCA's newly written training course "Practical Safeguarding and Child Protection: Sexual Exploitation and Grooming" is proving to be in great demand.

After trialling the course with CYCA staff in March of this year, it was rolled out to other agencies throughout Carmarthenshire who work with children and young people and with one session taking place in March and another in June. The course has been extremely well received and both sessions were fully booked with particpants from Deyfed Powys Police, Social Services, Team Around The Family, Familiy Centres and Schools.

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FIC 2 opens its doors!

CYCA are delighted to announce that the new Families In Crisis project has began.

The £250k project, named Families In Crisis 2 (FIC 2) is funded by the Big Lottery and follows on from the original Families in Crisis (FIC) project which ran from 2009-12. The extension of the project will now allow us to meet the needs of families who live in Ammanford and Carmarthen town, as well as Llanelli town over the next 3 years.

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