The Welsh government Children and Communities Grant programmes seek to address the support needs of the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities through a range of early intervention, prevention, and support mechanisms. It looks to mitigate or remove disadvantage to vulnerable people to enable them to have the same life chances as others and therefore to contribute to a more equal Wales.
The CCG brings together seven programmes:
- Childcare and Play
- Communities for Work Plus
- Families First
- Flying Start
- Legacy Fund
- St David’s Day Fund
- Promoting Positive Engagement for Young People
Children and Communities Grant programmes support local authorities in considering how to deliver the services they provide more strategically through the flexibility of these grants.
The grant programmes can support and promote joint planning and commissioning to make more effective use of CCG funding in pursuit of the constituent programmes’ aims and objectives. There is an expectation that these grants will provide participants with a more strategic approach to delivering for the most vulnerable in society.
Family Centres provide support for families in their local communities – the right help at the right time. Through the Covid-19 period, we have found innovative solutions by working in partnership with others. We worked with Conwy Castle to open up for individual families of children with additional needs to have an experience they wouldn’t normally be able to access, and with closed schools during lockdown to use their playgrounds for families without access to outdoor space. We are working with food banks and the Wellbeing Team to distribute slow cookers, ingredients and recipes to families. We are developing a clothes swap project with local charities and community groups, which has both financial and environmental benefits. We are also delivering webinars and bitesize video clips with expert partners. For more information about our services, visit FamilyLife.