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Local AM supports vulnerable young people and families from Carmarthenshire charity project
18 June 2012
Local AM, Simon Thomas showed his support today to parents
at Action for Children's Family and Community Team (FACT)
project by taking part in a morning cook-off with service
users and staff at Trimsaran Family Centre.
The parents showed off their cookery skills to Mr Thomas, having
learnt how to cook healthy meals from fresh ingredients. The
cookery classes form an integral part of the project's services,
demonstrating how every member of the family can get involved in
eating healthily on a budget.
FACT supports children, young people and families from the
earliest possible stages offering advice on many aspects of family
life, including parenting, healthy eating, family communication and
child development. The project also aims to improve the financial
capability of young parents through the Barclays Money Skills
programme, providing them with the tools needed to gain a better
understanding of managing personal finances.
Simon Thomas AM, said: "The support Action for Children's
Carmarthenshire Family and Community Team offers to children and
young people is outstanding. It is incredibly important that
vulnerable families are given the support they need at the earliest
stage to help them achieve brighter futures. I also believe that
sharing a meal is a great way to bring a family together and talk
about the day's events."
"The project's staff do an amazing job providing families with
practical advice. I look forward to visiting them again soon."
Kay Howell, Service Manager at Carmarthenshire FACT, said: "We
were delighted to have Simon visit the project and support some of
the fantastic work the parents and staff have been doing
"Since doing the Barclays Money Skills budgeting session and
following up with the cook-off, many of the parents have developed
such confidence in their abilities, which is fantastic to see! Some
of the parents have even set up their own cookery club as a follow
on from their experience."
Action for Children supports and speaks out for the UK's most
vulnerable and neglected children and young people, as well as
campaigning to make a difference. The charity is currently calling
on Welsh Government to address neglect by ensuring all partners
work together to provide early access to the services families
For more information about Carmarthenshire FACT, Action for
Children's Neglect Campaign or the Barclays Money Skills programme,
contact Kay Howell on 01554 745150 or visit www.actionforchildren.org.uk