Minister makes flying visit to flying start
8:02am Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
THE Welsh Deputy Minister for Poverty paid a visit to Pembrokeshire last Thursday, August 22, to see how Welsh Government schemes are providing valuable support to families and children in the county’s most deprived areas.
Vaughan Gething's first appointment was at the Flying Start Centre in Pennar to meet parents attending a play session with their children.
He was shown around the Centre by Cabinet Member, Councillor Simon Hancock, Director of Children and Schools, Jake Morgan and Clare Cox, Early Prevention and Support Manager.
The Flying Start programme helps families with children up to four years old. It gives eligible parents free part-time childcare for two to three year olds, parenting support, an enhanced health visitor service and help for early language development. The scheme helps families to look after their children’s health and well being, working in partnership with primary and community healthcare.
Last year more than 600 children and their families in Pembrokeshire benefited from using Flying Start services.
Later in the day, the minister joined families on Freshwater West Beach for a family fun day. The event was organised by the Welsh Government’s Families First scheme and is part of its programme of events and services to support families living or at risk of living in poverty through early intervention.
Mr Gething said: “Last month we launched our Tackling Poverty Action Plan. It has a list of commitments to lift people out of poverty and keep other from falling into it. This summer I am very keen to meet families benefitting from our range of schemes and find out first-hand the difference we are making to their lives.
“Flying Start projects provide a number of important services and we are committed to doubling the number of children using them.”