Social Responsibility Projects
The Cymorth Fund finances this project, which is part of a network of 14 Sure Start Projects in Swansea. The project is based in a council property in the heart of one of the most disadvantaged estates in Swansea.
The aims of the project are:
- Support for individual families in need
- Support for other local organisations and informal groups working with young families
- Identification of gaps in local provision for young families
- Support for those parents who want to return to learn or to employment to access suitable training, placements, childcare and transport.
- Run parenting groups/confidence building groups.
- Helping parents to avoid social isolation through the provision of a parent and toddler group.
- To manage a childsafe project.
- Encourage parents to gain work based skills through a work based training program.
Over 300 individual families have been supported since the project started 7 years ago, 60 of those have been supported in the last year. The types of support available include: - accessing grants for equipment /furnishings, supporting families to move to more suitable accomodation, benefits advice, keeping medical appointments, securing playgroup or childcare placements and individual support for parenting problems. This support may last for many months or entail just one visit.
Parenting groups are run quarterly and parents are able to come along to get advice on all aspects of parenting. The groups are aimed at increasing parent capacity to parent effectively and the group uses the Parentline Plus training resources.
The project has recently been successful in securing funding to start a work based project in the community in January 2009. The project will incorporate training and education which will be provided by qualified tutors with Jewellery making skills. The aim is to give parents the opportunity to gain business skills that will be beneficial in the world of work. The project aims to engage up to 15 individuals in the program and everyone will have individual support and a personal development plan. Towards the end of the project each individual will have an interview with ‘Want to Work’.
The team has worked with 12 different groups and local organisations over the last 12 months. This year the team has continued to support groups in Llansamlet ward by running a very busy parent and toddler group in Llansamlet church (Fridays 9.30-11.30). As well as a ‘Twins and Multiple Birth lunchtime group’ which is held in Bonymaen Family Centre and run in Partnership with centre staff.
One group supported by our project is the Eastside Childsafe Project that provides free safety equipment and advice to families in need across the Eastside.. The project has been supported this year by Health Challenge Swansea who has funded the items of safety equipment and two safety events. The events were held in two local primary schools and targeted families with young children. The event was supported by many other organisations such as the community Police, health visitors, A & E Burns Unit, Road Safety Team, Healthy Directions and the Fire Brigade.
- Staff Team
- Suzanne Baker Outreach and Development Worker
- Maria Else Administration Assistant
Contact Eastside Family Support Project:
7 Talfan Road
Tel: 01792 644106 or 01792 700821