Back in April 2022, we supported Resolven Building Blocks with 1-year funding to deliver the Growth & Mindset project in Afan and Neath valleys.After a successful first year and lots of work to show need and demand for service to continue we are really pleased to have agreed a further 3 years’ funding of £144,964.52.The project delivers a service specifically for children and young people with and without disabilities and their families. They work with children from the age of 0 years old to 12 years of age to help them rebuild their emotional resilience, self-esteem and confidence which has been devastated by the pandemic.
The project will support the following outcomes and directly support staff costs sustaining 4 jobs in Resolven.– Children to develop skills to manage their own mental wellbeing and regulate their emotions using mindfulness techniques they have learned through attending the mindfulness programme– Children with disabilities to work towards improved child development milestones, socialisation skills, through attending dedicated one-to-one support provision and improved their confidence, self-esteem and emotional resilience and reduced anxiety around separation from parents through attending the one-to-one support service.– Families to improve their knowledge and understanding on how to implement support for their children at home through a dedicated advice, guidance, and support service.
“We are delighted to be continuing to work with Pen y Cymoedd and receiving this funding will mean that this project will work in partnership with schools, community organisations and families through offering a mindfulness programme that will help children understand the importance of not just looking after their physical body but their mental well-being too. Emotional self-care is vital in helping us build resilience and this project will aim to achieve this. We are also providing support to children with disabilities and their families and particularly after the pandemic we have seen an increase in anxiety, children being apart from their families and further developmental delay. Therefore, we will work with families and children to ensure they receive specialist and tailored one-to-one support to help build children’s emotional resilience, self-esteem, confidence and alongside this being there for the families with advice and support they require” Building Blocks are a well-established organisation working with children, young people and families and more recently providing dedicated support to children with disabilities and their families. Throughout COVID they continued to adapt their service to meet the changing needs of the community.