Online music and movement sessions, relaxing and lively, and virtual-coffee chats are making all the difference for our families (parents with their children and teenagers with learning and physical disabilities).
Covid has meant, like all families, no school and being stuck at home all the time.
Not seeing other parents in the same situation is particularly tough, as well as missing out on scarce enjoyable days out (few venues and attractions are suitable for many of the severely disabled children/teenagers).
Dyfodol has worked with our families to find out what they would like, what works best, and is now able to offer online sessions across Powys.
New families are welcome too.
Find out more from Louise Bell.
Covid and lockdown has affected everyone: the young people we work with have been hit hard.
Our youth worker and other agencies are all saying the same: the 16 – 25 year olds are really suffering. It is a daily challenge to keep the all-important relationships going, when young people are lockdowned and isolated at home, with little but gaming online.
And their training and employment futures will be even tougher in an economy with businesses struggling to survive and job cuts.
Dyfodol Powys Futures has adapted to work totally online and phone, but it’s going to be a huge effort longer term to secure good futures for our young people. We are seeing more young people in Powys that will need the sort of help and support that we offer.
Dyfodol has looked at how we can still work with our families and young people despite Lockdown.
We have successfully got funding from the Voluntary Services Recovery Fund. This helps us do more online:
- Reaching Out – youth work, using social media even more with our young people. As we can’t meet them face-to-face, to give more time and continue our flexible support working closely together.
- Touch Trust sessions – music, movement, relaxation with children and young people with severe disabilities and their families. We trialled an online session and families are keen to have more. We want to explore together how online can offer even more: for instance story telling sessions, or virtual coffee mornings.
Dyfodol held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 10 February 2021.
We were pleased to welcome a new trustee to our Board: Liz Evans.
Our Annual Report can be found at The Charity Commission https://register-of-charities.charitycommission.gov.uk/charity-search/-/charity-details/4039065.
We are pleased to announce that we have been awarded a grant from Social Value Development Moving Forward (Comic Relief Big Night In and allocated through PAVO).
This funding helps us change our Youth Reaching Out Project to meet the challenges of working during Covid 19.
Our Reaching Out Project works with young men in the Newtown area who may be unemployed and at risk of drugs and alcohol related issues. We work with our young men to find positive futures and to link with opportunities in their community, including support from other services.
We took some time out to keep staff and people we work with safe.
Now we’re back working with children, families and young people:
- trying out both on-line and smaller Touch Trust sessions with our children, young people and their families
- using social media to work with our young people to support them finding their positive futures.
Our next Touch Trust sessions for families with a child with disabilities (4 – 18 years old) are:
Newtown at Plas Dolerw
And Howey Village Hall, near Llandrindod Wells
Free/ no charge.
Qualified Youth Worker required.
Temp fixed term 16 weeks commencing 2 March 2020
7 hours per week
£12.50 per hour
To scope work with young men in the Welshpool area with, or at risk of developing, drug and alcohol related issues, and undertake short direct work with young men as appropriate.
A satisfactory DBS check will be required.
For more information and details of how to apply email firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date : Jan 23 2020