CHILDREN IN NEED HEALTH AND WELLBEING PROJECT FOR CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
Aim: Our project is focussing on improving the health and wellbeing of children and young people using our services.
Funding from Children in Need has enabled us to engage a nutritionist and physical activity worker to run healthy eating and cookery workshops and a range of physical activity and sports sessions.
Children and young people attending our nursery, after school club, and youth group live in a rurally isolated area with some of the highest deprivation levels in Carmarthenshire and Neath Port Talbot. The area has the third worst health in Wales with issues around diet, low physical activity, obesity, illicit drugs, mental health and sexual health. 20% of adults in the area are overweight. Research shows “two distinct child obesity epidemics”, one among infants, the other among adolescents. 11-24 year olds form 18% of the population. Obesity is linked to the influence of parents for young children and general peer group factors for teenagers. Many of our parents/grandparents are unaware of the importance of weight management, physical activity and good hydration, including the need to replace fizzy drinks with water and they actively promote the consumption of high energy drinks.
The differences we want to make through our project are to:
- Enable children and young people to make better decisions by helping them to increase the take-up of healthy food choices and engaging young people and children to participate in healthy cooking workshops
- Increase the participation by young people and children in physical activity which will be shown by often they participate and the quality of their participation
- Enable children and young people to have more fun, feel happier and take part more often in activities.
‘Y-ENGAGE – CARMARTHENSHIRE’ (An Active Inclusion Project)
We are excited to be a partner with a new collaborative project for 2016 between ourselves, YMCA Swansea and YMCA Llandovery. ‘Y Engage’ is an ESF project funded through the WCVA’s Active Inclusion Scheme and will up-skill, mentor, signpost and support adults living in Carmarthenshire between the ages of 25 and 64 years who have low skills and work limiting health conditions by providing access to services to raise aspirations and confidence to move them towards becoming economically active and closer to employment.
The project will address high levels of deprivation attributed to lack of access to services in Llandovery and Ammanford areas and work with adults with low skills levels, work limiting health conditions and those who are economically inactive – especially those with mental health problems, people recovering from ill health and lone parents.
The aim is to enable people to up-skill by building aspiration, removing barriers to participation, providing incremental ways of improving health, well-being and fitness levels and providing access to training and support in their community As a result, participants will be healthier, have more skills and be more confident, moving them closer to employment.
Activities will include health and wellbeing, fitness, arts, volunteering, work placements, employer visits, confidence building, CV writing, interview skills and job searching.
CONNECTING COMMUNITIES (Cyswllt Cymuned)
(This project has now ended)
Aims: This project sought to build on the work carried out by Gwaun Cae Gurwen (GCG) Community Council, and the work of Canolfan Maerdy in developing the capacity and capability of all community organisations working within and close to the boundaries of GCG community council ward. It was clear that there are a number of community organisations who deliver valuable services to the local community, but it iwas also clear that there are a number of gaps in services and facilities in a deprived community, with high levels of economic inactivity.
The objectives of this project were as follows:
- Engagement and best use of community resources to meet identified gaps in provision in a manner which can be sustained by the collaborating organisations
- Delivering engagement in introductory level practical skills
- Developing the community organisational links
- Developing projects and activities across community organisations which support activities for the youth population of the area.
- To raise ambition for the economically inactive population of the area, particularly young people towards gaining new skills, and for seeking paid employment
- To promote joint working that can enhance the ambition of the community organisations to deliver activities which support and increase in the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the wards of GCG and Lower Brynamman
- To develop the competence, capacity and confidence of volunteers and leaders of the community organisations across the area.
- Managing sub projects which deliver voluntary and social enterprise as intermediary to employment
(This project has now ended)
Aim: We were working with the local community to help to improve community health and wellbeing by creating community garden space for all members of the locality to enjoy. Together we built a sensory garden for people to explore and enjoy a variety of outdoor experiences and improved our outside play facilities. Additionally, we created outdoor seating and planted areas with a variety of seasonal flora and grew fruit and vegetables for use in our community cafe and nursery so that people could enjoy the benefits of fresh produce.