Another busy year for char­ity

Cynon Valley - - YOUR VIEWS - Sarah Crawley, Di­rec­tor, Barnardo’s Cymru

AS 2017 draws to a close I would like to thank all those who have sup­ported the work of Barnardo’s Cymru dur­ing the past 12 months.

It is thanks to you that we have been able to ex­tend our work to help 8,250 chil­dren, young peo­ple and fam­i­lies across Wales.

That help has pos­i­tively changed the lives of chil­dren who have been af­fected by abuse, men­tal health is­sues and dis­abil­ity. We have sup­ported young peo­ple in care and those leav­ing care, chil­dren whose par­ents are in prison and fam­i­lies of veter­ans.

We have given young car­ers the re­silience to cope with car­ing for sick and dis­abled par­ents and sib­lings and we’ve given par­ents the skills they need to cope with the chal­lenges of fam­ily life.

We have found safe, new homes for chil­dren in care and for­ever homes for chil­dren adopted through the Barnardo’s Cymru Adop­tion and Fos­ter­ing Ser­vice.

We con­tinue to help chil­dren and young peo­ple af­fected by forms of abuse; such as child sex­ual ex­ploita­tion and traf­fick­ing and help young asy­lum seek­ers and their fam­i­lies to set­tle in a new coun­try.

We couldn’t have done it with­out our vol­un­teers who help in our shops, sup­port our chil­dren’s ser­vices and fundraise and we couldn’t have done it with­out ev­ery­one who has do­nated to Barnardo’s dur­ing the last year.

We face many chal­lenges in 2018 but know that with your sup­port we can con­tinue to make a difference to the lives of the most vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren, chil­dren like Ab­bie, 15, who we have helped re­cover from abuse.

So I’ll leave you with her words. “I have turned things around and I know I couldn’t have done it with­out my Barnardo’s worker. She un­der­stood me and be­lieved in me. She made me un­der­stand that ev­ery­one de­serves a sec­ond chance.”

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