11 Jan 2022
Police and Crime Commissioner has welcomed the news that four organisations in the Dyfed-Powys area have recently been successful in grant applications for funding from Welsh Government to provide activities to those who have been affected by Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
In October 2021, the Welsh Government opened a £200,000 grant scheme for individuals and organisations across Wales who undertake activities with those who are, or have been, affected by ACEs.
Information on the grant was promoted and circulated to organisations through the Offices of the Police and Crime Commissioners in Wales.
The scheme aimed to bolster initiatives that support individuals growing up, or living in homes, where there is domestic abuse or substance misuse, as well as those which provide practical support for families to help them deal with issues like family finance, or parenting to improve resilience.
Successful applicants from the Dyfed-Powys area included St Francis Catholic Primary School, St Marks VA School, St David's Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility: Plant Dewi and Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity.
Police and Crime Commissioner Dafydd Llywelyn said: I am pleased to see that four organisations here in the Dyfed-Powys area have been successful in receiving funding from the Welsh Government.
“Adverse childhood experiences can harm children’s developing brains and lead to changes in how they respond to stress. It can damage their immune systems so profoundly that the effects show up decades later. ACEs can also cause chronic disease, and mental illness, and are at the root of most violence.
“I am therefore extremely pleased to see these four organisations leading the way here in Dyfed-Powys in looking to support individuals and families by delivering activities that will aim to improve mental and physical health, and encourage our communities to build their collective strength and support for one another.”
Parental Engagement Sessions
St Francis Catholic Primary School received £6,000 through the ACE’s funding.
The school will use the funding to run their Springboard parental engagement sessions.
The parental engagement sessions aim to offer sessions free of charge for families to allow them to re-engage parents with school life following COVID-19 restrictions which caused parents to feel isolated and out of touch.
Twelve-week community engagement activities
St Marks VA School received £5,487 from the ACE’s funding.
The funding will be used to provide a group of pupils who have experienced Adverse childhood experiences the opportunity to access personal community engagement opportunities over a twelve-week period, including pottery, sports activities any many more.
‘Young parent’s project’ and ‘baby bundle Bank’
St David's Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility: Plant Dewi, who offers several family support projects across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire, received £7,605 from the funding and plan to put it towards young parent’s project and baby bundle Bank which support parents who have experienced several Adverse Childhood Experiences.
These parents experience several challenges which have become more pressing due to the pressures of the pandemic.
Children’s Bereavement support
Sandy Bear Children’s Bereavement Charity aims to improve the life outcomes of children and young adults who have been bereaved by the loss of a significant person in their lives. They received £10,500 from ACE’s funding and will utilise the money to grow the charity, specifically for the under 6s and for children ages 6-11 years old.