Valleys Kids support over 3,000 people every week. We are doing things we have never had to do before. The demand has been overwhelming and humbling. From single parent families with 4 children who have no opportunity to leave the children to collect food, through families with very sick children who are terrified to leave the house and risk bringing infection home with them.
Valleys Kids has been part of the community for over 40 years, but we haven’t seen anything like this. Our buildings are beginning to reopen, staff are refocussing on trying to return to some kind of ‘normal’ having made superhuman efforts to respond flexibly to the needs of a community in lockdown and struggling to make ends meet and feed their families.
The legacy is high levels of anxiety, stress and depression which is affecting children, young people and adults across all age groups. Like Long Covid, the impacts on wellbeing, emotional and financial resilience will not be a quick fix.
We have always tried to offer what people told us they need. We are committed to continuing to help local people help themselves overcome the obstacles they face.
Our endeavours during the period of the lockdown, reflects the high levels of need and what we were able to achieve. We need to secure further support to safeguard this provision into the future.
Community is Kindness
Community is Kindness – We are now providing:
Our Director, Margaret Jervis attended People’s Postcode Lottery’s Annual Charity Gala held in Edinburgh’s famous Assembly Rooms along with our Down to Earth Partner, Mark McKenna and received a cheque beyond our wildest dreams of £583,000 towards creating a landmark residential centre replacing Little Bryn Gwyn our much loved ramshackle cottage on the Gower.
‘Building Our Dreams’ is a joint project between Valleys Kids and Down to Earth Project and will enable us to work with the most vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in South Wales to build the new centre.
Margaret Jervis, our Operational Director said: “For the last 10 years we have dreamt of transforming Little Bryn Gwyn, our cottage on the Gower, into a landmark residential centre using the most beautiful and sustainable building methods available. It is only in partnership with Down to Earth and now, with funding from players of People’s Postcode Lottery through the Dream Fund, that we can create something exceptional and extraordinary and fulfil that dream. But the biggest dream is that young people from some of the most disadvantaged communities in Wales can literally build their own centre and help build a better future for themselves.”
We cannot thank People’s Postcode Lottery and their players enough. The Centre will comprise 2 distinct buildings and this is a brilliant launchpad towards completing the first building and helping us raise the remaining funds to complete the second.
Instead of a Christmas Card this year, we are sending you this specially made film, which celebrates the fact that, despite many challenges, Valleys Kids is still here supporting children and families in the best way we know how, by being here for the most vulnerable in our communities.
This 3 minute film encapsulates our story: What is Valleys Kids?
Valleys Kids children, enjoyed a surprise Easter treat when staff from Pontypridd Sainsbury’s branch: Joyemma Lewis – PR Ambassador, Tony Sims, Emma Evans and Deputy Manager, Dale Shaughnessy played the role of Easter Bunnys delivering a tower of eggs to children enjoying the Easter play scheme in Soar Centre in Penygraig. Over 300 eggs were donated which meant that we had enough for children in Dinas, Rhyfeyfelin and Penyrenglyn Centres.
As you can see the children were thrilled and eggcited.
Big thanks to Sainsbury’s for giving Valleys children this special Easter eggsperience.