We believe, that given the right opportunities, support and encouragement at the right time, anyone can change their lives for the better.
We believe that everyone should have the chance to make the journey from dependence to independence, despite poverty and urban degeneration which threatens the future of our children.
Young people from the Rhondda speak about the grim reality of living in the Valleys:
‘If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next.’ Manic Street Preachers
The work of Valleys Kids is centred in the heart of the Rhondda Valleys, once famous the world over for its coal, its poetry & song and its passion. The coal has gone, but the passion and poetry remain, alongside a vibrancy of community spirit, typical of these communities, despite the immense challenges we face.
Children living here face seemingly insurmountable problems in families struggling to cope. We offer them support and a place to turn to when they need it most.
Children Learn What They Live
If a child lives with criticism
They learn to condemn
If a child lives with hostility
They learn to be shy
If a child lives with shame
They learn to be guilty
If a child lives with tolerance
They learn to be patient
If a child lives with encouragement
They learn confidence
If a child lives with praise
They learn to appreciate
If a child lives with fairness
They learn justice
If a child lives with security
They learn to have faith
If a child lives with approval
They learn to like their self
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship
They learn to find love in the world