CYCA is the home of the Wales Emotional Health & Wellbeing Centre of Excellence.
Our core work over the last 40 years has been supporting children and young people. The more work we have done to support young people, the more we have understood recurring themes, issues, and solutions. Over the years we came to realise that treating just one part or one problem does not build resilience. We need to support the whole family unit, and in ways that are relevant to them. To this end we have developed a suite of support services for the families of the children and young people we work with. These services are listed below. Each has been developed to empower families for the long term, focusing on wellbeing and resiliency.
This section of the website focuses on the work we do to protect families. This work involves:
We work with a cross-section of society across Carmarthenshire and now, thanks to our online support services, we are supporting those most in need across Wales. Underpinning all our work is our resilience model, normalising mental ill health and emotional distress, promoting strategies to support good emotional health and wellbeing in individuals and the whole family.
We have pulled together some interesting resources from different sources. We will keep adding to these. We hope you find them useful.
CYCA ROOTS is a lottery funded project (until June 2021) and aims to support families that are struggling to cope with mild anxiety and depression; teaching resilience skills to improve self worth and cope with change. The underpinning principles of support offered to parents will be mirrored with their children by offering bespoke training programme and access to 1-1 support to improve attainment of children in school and improve the employability of parents.
We deliver preventative and crisis support for vulnerable children, young people and their families. Through mentoring, therapy and family support, we help build people’s resilience and give them the tools to cope with life’s challenges.
We deliver accredited training to families to help them improve their well-being as well as gain skills and qualifications that will allow them to have brighter futures. We also train other professionals who work with children and families.
Counselling Support Services
We have a range of counselling services for families or for parents to access individually. We have moved some of these services online so you can have access to a professional counsellor at our offices (following lockdown) or online from the comfort of your own home and at times to suit you.
Foster Care Training services
CYCA have written a suite of essential courses which support Foster placements. We can work with the children who are looked after, foster parents and also the professionals who work with the foster families. This training is mainly delivered by a member of the CYCA team who was a foster parent herself for a number of years. She is also trained in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy which is key in this area of work.
CYCA have created a suite of courses which support the management teams in the 3rd sector and are also suitable for school Governors . Subjects covered include , Safer Recruitment , Safeguarding for Trustees , The roles and responsibilities of Trustees.
Bespoke courses are created when required.
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