"I can’t wait to meet and greet the Duchess at the front door."

Posted by / Tuesday 21 February 2017 / Young people
Craig Davies

Craig, 15, from Torfaen has been in care since the age of seven due to some difficult relationships within his birth family.

Since being referred to Torfaen MIST 16 months ago, Craig has made great strides working with his young people practitioner, Jordan Jones, and is exploring a return to his birth family when he reaches his 16th birthday.

Torfaen MIST is a child and adolescent mental health service run on behalf of Torfaen Borough Council and Aneurin Bevan University Health Board for looked after children with complex needs, who may be at risk of being placed in out-of-area residential or institutional care due to their mental health needs. The service is unique to Wales and has been running for 12 years.

Jordan has helped me really well with my anger issues in school, speaking to people badly and my feelings. So when I get angry we do meditation and that calms me down. When I got angry in school, I’d just walk out of lessons but now I’m getting there, it’s really helped my behaviour. Without Action for Children I’d just not be with it. If I wasn’t working with Jordan, I’d be really bad, I wouldn’t be able to cope.
Jordan with Craig

Tomorrow, Craig will meet and greet The Duchess on arrival at MIST and take part in a private session with other young people where he will tell his story. It’s a big moment for him. He said: ‘I’m getting a bit nervous but also very excited. We’ll be speaking individually to Her Royal Highness and I can’t wait to meet and greet the Duchess at the front door.’

Jordan added: ‘Craig has responded brilliantly to our therapeutic approach. It’s a collaboration when we meet once a week so we’ll start with some therapy such as mindfulness, meditation or some social skills and emotional literacy.  He’ll then relax on the pool table or the Xbox or do some arts and crafts activities.  He’s made brilliant progress since being with us.

‘Her Royal Highness visiting us is brilliant opportunity especially because I’m really proud of the work MIST does.  We definitely should be showing it off because it’s very beneficial, very effective and it’s had a massive impact on a lot of young people.’