Help for young families – Action for Children launches Swansea’s £500k Big Lottery Funded Sail Project
Young parents and parents to be in Swansea will have the benefit of excellent one-to-one and group support thanks to Action for Children’s Swansea Support, informal Advocacy, Information and Life coaching (SAIL) service. The £500k Big Lottery funded arm of the project was officially launched on Thursday, 27th April at Penlan Methodist Church in Penlan, Swansea.
A celebratory cake was cut by young ambassador, James Paton with SAIL service coordinator, Alison Long, as families, staff, and partners gathered to celebrate this great landmark for young Swansea families.
The Swansea SAIL service offers one-to-one and group support for young parents and parents to be aged 14 to 25 years old living in the city. Individual needs are met by careful tailoring by the project. This includes support from a life coach or a systemic psychotherapist, informal advocacy, individual or couples therapy, preparing for court and dealing with having a child in foster care or adopted.
Further help is provided to young parents or parents to be with wellbeing, emotional resilience, isolation, self-esteem and confidence to help them become the best parents they can be.
Alison Long said:
It was so exciting to officially launch the Big Lottery funded aspect of this vital project and cut the celebratory cake with James Paton. Many of the young people we work with have had very tough starts in life and we’ll be right in there supporting them through difficult situations such as court proceedings.”
Having life coaches and psychotherapists available to our young parents, or parents to be, will make a genuine difference to their lives as will our tailored plans for each individual case. The value of this work cannot be underestimated so we’re delighted the Big Lottery is underlining their recognition of this work with such generous funding as SAIL goes from strength to strength.’
James Paton, 23 from Blaenymaes in Swansea said:
I’ve had great support from Action for Children through their tenancy support service and the Little Steps Big Steps project. I’ve had anxiety and depression and they’ve always been there for me, always someone to talk to. It got so bad, I really didn’t want to be here but the support from Jo Williams and the Action for Children team brought me back up and rebuilt my confidence. I’m so glad the Lottery support has been granted to the project so they can keep their great work going for me and everyone else who needs it.’
Action for Children help disadvantaged children across the UK from before they are born until they are in their twenties. They help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. They make life better for disabled children. They influence policy and advocate for change.
For more information, visit actionforchildren.org.uk or follow us on Twitter @actnforchildren
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