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Annual fun day hailed a success as Vale of Glamorgan Council programme helps support vulnerable families

 

2 August 2017 

 

 

A father has revealed how his life has changed for the better thanks to a programme delivered by Vale of Glamorgan Council that reaches out to help disadvantaged families across the County.   

 

Flying Start 10 year Celebration 2017


A fun day was held at Holm View Leisure centre last Wednesday to mark Flying Start’s 10-year anniversary. 


Flying Start Wales is a Welsh Government funded programme that focuses on working for families with children under four-years-old in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Wales. 

 


Dad’s Base is one of the many groups created by Flying Start aiming to reach out to fathers living in the Vale. 

 

 


The group meet in Holm View Leisure centre once a week and offer fathers the chance to take part in different activities, and to attend training courses that will help them develop and gain new skills. 

 


Damion Knott, who has been working as a Parent support worker with Flying Start for over three years, said:

 

“I was originally a member of Dad’s Base for two years, before working for Flying Start.  I didn’t know the help that was out there for parents, before hearing about Flying Start and other support groups. It got to the stage where I didn’t know what to do when it came to teaching my children about behaviour. 


“It has made my life and my children’s life so much better; I am now a better parent because of their help. I don’t think I’d be where I am now, without their help.”

 

Men Behaving Dadly - Members of Dads Base
The fun day attracted 180 families from across the Vale, all of whom had been supported by Flying Start over the years.

 

 

 

Local businesses donated raffle prizes and the day was hailed a success, despite the last minute venue change. 

 

 

The programme recently announced that over the last year, it has worked with and supported over 37,000 children and their families across Wales, a four per cent increase from the year’s target. 

 


Councillor Gordon Kemp, Cabinet Member for Social Care, Health & Leisure said:  “The success of the fun day to mark Flying Start’s 10-year anniversary, with 180 families attending, shows just how much the team’s hard work is appreciated right across the Vale.


“As a Council, we are pleased to be able to deliver this service as it is clear how beneficial it is to residents. We hope Flying Start can continue to be as effective in helping families in our community in the future”


For more information or to contact Flying Start Wales, you can email them at flying.start@wales.gsi.gov.uk