The Future Generations Commissioner Sophie Howe celebrated the achievements of more than 1,300 young parents across Wales, who have transformed their lives after taking part in nine lottery funded projects, at an event sponsored by Siân Gwenllian AM on Wednesday 14th December at the Pierhead, Cardiff Bay.
The ‘Bright New Futures’ funding from the Big Lottery Fund was released in 2013 with an aim to equip young parents across Wales with greater confidence, life skills, and the knowledge they needed to tackle challenges and create a brighter future for them and their children.
Nine projects (including Shine) offer a range of support and activities for young parents, from one to one support and counselling, to volunteering opportunities and family events. The results have been impressive: 1,100 of the young parents who took part said they felt less isolated and that they had made new friendships, while 900 said they had greater confidence and skills as a result of the project.
Mia Farr (a young parent from the Shine project who spoke at the event), took part in the scheme when she needed support as a new parent;
“The project really listened to what I needed, it has given me good coping strategies and techniques for dealing with everyday life with my child. But more than that, it has taught me to think about my welfare and wellbeing; increasing my confidence so that I can get out of the house, get rid of those anxieties and fears and allow me to be the best mum I can be".
Mia's speech was well received by over 100 people and we're proud of what all of the young parents worked hard to achieve at the event.
The Bright New Futures programme Impact Report, Case Studies and a short film can be found at:
Coverage of the event can be seen on the Made in Cardiff website:
For further information on the Shine project please call 029 2025 9114