ORGANISATIONS from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys have come together to showcase the work of the Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS)and the role it plays in supporting vulnerable children and families. Integrated Family Support Services are a Welsh Government initiative providing support for families whose lives are affected by parental drug and alcohol misuse.
The Mid and West Wales IFSS was established in 2012 and each Integrated Family Support Team brings together highly skilled professionals from social care and health care with specialist experience to work directly with referred families. During its first full year (2013/14) the regional service received 131 family referrals involving 255 children and 12 unborn children.
The Conference, held at Parc Y Scarlets, provided an opportunity for the region’s four Integrated Family Support Teams to come together and share experiences and best practice. Anna Bird, Head of Partnership Development for Vulnerable Children and Families at Hywel Dda UHB, said: “Sometimes families experience difficulties and risk losing their children into care or having their names placed on the Child Protection Register.
The Integrated Family Support Team in each county works with families affected by parental substance misuse to help them to make positive changes so that any concerns are lessened and the children can remain can remain safely at home. “We are particularly grateful to members of families who have been referred to the service who gave their time to informally share their experience of the intervention with attendees.”
Attendees included a wide range of senior managers and professionals from Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and Powys County Councils, Hywel Dda University Health Board and Powys Teaching Health Board, probation services and youth offending services as well as members of the IFSS Regional Family Support Board and other all Wales IFSS Consortium staff. Anna added: “The day provided a fantastic opportunity for the teams to share experiences and for delegates to hear first-hand about the outcomes that have been achieved for children, families and professionals.”
Penrhyn-coch Brownies compose song
PENRHYN-COCH Brownies were congratulated for composing a new Welsh language song recently. The workshops were part of a program of Welsh language workshops organised by Cered – Menter Iaith Ceredigion.
Following a series of workshops with the young singer, Mari Mathias from Talgarreg, the girls decided to compose a song. ‘Yn yr Haf’ was recorded with the girls singing and Mari on the guitar. All the group members received a copy of the song on CD.
Rhodri Francis, Cered’s Development Officer said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the group and we congratulate members on their masterpiece. Thanks also to the leaders for their enthusiasm in securing opportunities for the members to socialise in Welsh outside of school hours.”
Cered’s main aim is to support, influence and develop the use of the Welsh language in Ceredigion through partnership and co-operation, to establish the best possible foundation for the development of the language in the society and community.
Wendy Reynolds, leader of the Brownies unit in Penrhyn-coch said: “The experience has been amazing for the girls and they’ve had a lot of fun doing activities through the medium of Welsh.”
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For more information on Cered, phone 01545 572350 or email email@example.com.
Theatre caravan coming to Aberystwyth
THE SMALLEST cinema in a theatre caravan will be on the Promenade in Aberystwyth for three Saturdays this summer.
Staff from Ceredigion Museum, together with the Friends of Ceredigion Museum, will be hosting a series of free entertaining events in and around the theatre caravan on July 28, August 4, and August 11 between 12pm and 4pm.
Sarah Morton, the Events Organiser for Ceredigion Museum said, “We have a series of short local films from the National Film and Screen Archive which links to our summer exhibition relating to the seaside at the museum, in the old Coliseum Theatre. The two minute films show people on the beach and promenade in Aberystwyth as well as Y Borth. We will also have singing from the Showtime Singers to add to the entertainment.
“We will be situated in and near the bandstand and hope to be able to bring some of the traditions of a typical coastal break back to life.”
Besides the theatre caravan, there will be a Guess-the-Object held in the bandstand with museum staff to aid in identifying the mystery objects.
For more details about the caravan and the entertainment, contact Sarah Morton at Ceredigion Museum on 01970 633088
Surprise presentation for retiring cook
AFTER feeding hundreds of children in her role as cook at Ysgol Eglwyswrw for the past 40 years, Mrs Anona Williams is finally hanging up her apron. But there was a shock in store for Mrs Williams when she arrived at the school for one of her last days at work on Tuesday (Jul 17).
Cameras from the S4C magazine programme, Heno, were present to capture her receiving a special award from music conductor and presenter, Alwyn Humphreys.
She started at her post in 1978 and during that time has fed three generations including her own niece and nephew and great-niece and great-nephew.
Headteacher, Edryd Eynon, said Mrs Williams would be sadly missed.
“We will miss her delicious meals and her caring nature,” he said.
“She spoils all the children and is like a grandmother to them. Her contribution to the school is priceless.
“She ran the breakfast and the Cook It clubs and ensured all pupils had an exciting experiences working with food and preparing many delicious recipes.
“Every sports day she would prepare and donate coffee, tea and her famous scones and all the money she raised would be given to school funds. She did this for 40 years.
“Mrs Williams will be sadly missed at Ysgol Eglwyswrw not only for her delicious food – especially her pizza and coleslaw – but also for her caring and loving character. We wish her all the best for the future.”
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