We are all finding ourselves in a very unique and difficult situation and it is perfectly natural that some may be struggling to be able to manage during the lockdown the country is currently in.
Caldicot Town Team have been approached by a company called Cyfle Cymru. A local Mentoring group aimed to help those who may need it, to get back into employment, to help with substance misuse or mental illnesses.
Hayley Weetch, a local Caldicot Resident and Peer Mentor for Cyfle Cymru:
We are aware during this difficult and every changing situation many people are alone and isolated and we are not able to meet with them to carry out initial assessment and provide face to face support but the measures we have put in place to continue supporting our clients is ever changing.
We currently are video calling clients, offering support via phone calls daily, helping them get into a routine, sending them updates of any online courses or activities that could benefit them right now and planning how there week can be full of positive activities during a time like this and helping them with any questions or queries they have, sometimes we are just someone to chat with on that day so they don’t feel so lonely.
The type of work we carry out with our clients is through 1:1’s, workshops, activities, sourcing volunteering opportunities, wellbeing and giving them the person they can text or call when things are getting a bit much for them. We have employability specialists onboard that cover the employment side of things with the cv writing, employability skills, tips on interviews etc.
There is no cost to clients to receive our service. We are a non profit organisation funded by the Welsh Government and European Social Fund. We have just been granted a further 2 Year secured contract, in which we aim to achieve targets set to us by the Welsh Government.
You can find more abut Cyfle Cymru and the services they offer through the website; http://www.gdas.wales/service-users/cyfle-cymru/