Brighter Futures

Faith in Families’ exciting Brighter Futures project is underway, giving children opportunities to be the best they can be.

The charity was awarded funding from the Charles Plater Trust, Children in Need and Swansea Council for Voluntary Services for Brighter Futures Project.
The grant has enabled Faith in Families to employ three engagement workers to deliver intensive support, play and learning activities for children and their parents together, building relationships using a variety of engagement tools with the child and the parent/carer.

Faith in Families CEO Cherrie Bija said: “Increasingly over the last few years at FiF projects we have seen more and more children becoming disengaged, and research proved that a number of children deemed as challenging were having difficulty being included in services in their communities.

“We consulted with families, local schools and partner agencies and drew together the plan for an engagement project called Brighter Futures. Due to funding cuts preventative services are under pressure, children that are neither in crisis or well cared for are being forgotten, but not by us.

“We are thrilled to have the financial support to start this project that will add value to our current services and more importantly bring laughter, fun and enable children to have the opportunities to be the best they can be.”

Joining the Faith in Families team are children and families engagement workers Alys Murphy and Teresa Seymour.

“I have lots of experience working with children and families in both an educational and support context,” Alys said. “My previous role involved running a baby and toddler group and has given me a good understanding of early childhood and age appropriate activities that promote engagement and improve wellbeing.

“I also recently took part in therapeutic play outreach project which helped children going through a difficult time understand their thoughts and feelings. I have also spent a few years tutoring children in maths and English. From these experiences I have collected a range of skills, techniques and resources.

“This is why Faith in Families stood out for me as it combines things I am passionate about. I enjoy working with children of all ages watching them become confident and independent and helping them to reach their full potential.”

Teresa qualified as a teaching assistant 17 years ago before working at a secure unit supporting young people. After the birth of her daughter she began working at a primary school, where she ran the parent and toddler group.

“I began to support children with behavioural difficulties during my time there and then progressed to working with families to further support their children. This was valuable work and really helped the children in the community to engage with their family and at school.

“I trained as an emotional literacy support assistant which is a role which supports children with their emotional difficulties in a fun and practical way. This role is where I found my passion and soon moved on to support Looked After children within the local authority, with their educational needs.

“I gained further qualifications in holistic therapies and techniques and gained lots experience in supporting children and young people who have had traumatic childhoods or experiences, and with those who have difficulty in expressing themselves appropriately.

“I am now a drawing and talking therapist which is a non-intrusive therapy to help people understand their own emotions and can be used as part of the trauma recovery process.

“The experiences I’ve had have led me here to Faith in Families where I’m super excited about developing the Brighter Futures project. This is an opportunity for me to meet new people and gain new skills and ideas, but most of all I can’t wait to get involved in the community and support families to raise happy and healthy children.”