Tuesday, 28 October 2008

Genesis 2 Project in Wrecsam

This is a press release relating to the launch of the Genesis 2 Project in Wrecsam:

On Friday 24th October the second phase of the Genesis Cymru Wales (Wrexham) project was launched by Lesley Griffiths, Assembly Member for Wrexham, with the help of children from Bellevue Playgroup in Bellevue Park and several other VIPs.

The Genesis project has been in existence since 2005 and has already supported more than 500 parents in the Wrexham area. New ESF Competitiveness funding has been secured for the second phase of the project and over the next 6 years Genesis Cymru Wales 2 will help another 700 unemployed parents in Wrexham overcome barriers that prevent them from working or accessing training.

Unemployed parents, especially lone parents, face many hurdles when wanting to learn new skills or return to work and Genesis provides advice, one-to-one mentoring, assistance to attend training and help with childcare costs. The aim of Genesis is to help parents build an independent and prosperous future for themselves and their families.

The Genesis project in Wrexham also aims to increase the number of childcare workers in Wrexham through organising free ‘Making Choices’ courses for anyone interested in working with children.

Information workers, health visitors, social workers and other professionals can refer parents to Genesis and parents can also refer themselves. The Genesis team is based in the AVOW building in Egerton Street but a Parents Advisor is available to meet parents in or nearer their own home if required.

Speaking at the launch Councillor Arfon Jones, Lead Member for Children and Young People, said, ”I welcome the excellent news that the Welsh Assembly Government has secured European funding to continue the Genesis project in Wrexham which will build on the success of Genesis 1. The project will make a valuable contribution to the Council’s priorities of increasing skills for employment and also go a long way to alleviating child poverty in the County Borough”.

The Children’s Information Bureau (CIB) will continue to manage the Genesis project but will be changing its name to Wrexham Family Information Service (WFIS) this month.
To find out more information about Genesis Cymru Wales 2 in Wrexham and how to access the project please contact Wrexham Family Information Service (formerly Children’s Information Bureau) on 01978 292094

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