The Learning Team work with partners and other organisations in the community to facilitate and deliver a range of activities for community members who wish to improve their lifestyle.

Parenting Programme

Promoting Family Learning in the Early Years. The aim of the project is to complement Flying Start provision by providing a variety of parenting courses that meet the individual needs of parents and local residents. The courses provide parents with guidelines to help prevent behaviour problems from occurring and strategies to promote children’s social, emotional and academic competence.

This is delivered through two projects:

Project 1

They help parents feel more confident in coping with behavioural problems that frequently occur in young children and promote sensitive, nurturing and competent parenting that fosters positive social behaviours in children as well as enhancing self-esteem. The project will also offer participants the opportunity to gain accreditation for their learning where available.

The project will support parents through parenting programmes and raising the confidence and aspirations of parents. The worker will boost parents involvement in their children’s learning, encourage parents to go on to further learning and training.

Project 2

Early Years

This project will provide a safe, stimulating environment for the families to participate in language and play opportunities as a means of supporting the development of their child. Working with Flying Start / Families First, MTCBC Parenting Team – Joint facilitation and crèche Barnardos – referrals.

Supporting Young People to do Well at School

Working with: Goetre Primary/St Aloysius/Dowlais Primary/Pant Primary /St Illtyds/ Gwaunfarren/ Gellifaelog/ Penydre/ Bishop Hedley Schools
are providing referrals and joint facilitation.

School Based Family Club

Project 1

School based family club working with school aged children and families to increase numeracy and literacy levels, enabling families to support their child’s development.
Also, to improve academic performance of children, evidence of which is provided by schools through letters from the Head teachers

Project 2

Out of School Provision

This project aims to provide Out-of- School (after school and holiday) learning and play provision in the North Cluster across Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 age groups.

Children and young people will engage in positive play and learning activities to strengthen attainment and bridge ‘education gap’ occurring during out of school and holiday periods.

Project 3

Encouraging young people to feel more positive about school and know where to get help

This project involves working with a range of partners and agencies to develop and sustain learning opportunities and other activities for 8- to 16- year-olds at the youth club based at the Engine House, Dowlais. Qualified youth workers and supervised volunteers will deliver structured educational and youth activities after school Monday to Friday (4pm-8pm in winter / summer), during weekends and during all holidays and bank holidays (12pm – 6pm).

The project will run a full range of youth activities – primarily in Pant and Dowlais, but also working with partners across the whole cluster – against 4 elements:

Community based family club

The aim of this project is to support Families to be engaged in their Children’s Education. This project will provide opportunities for positive interaction between parents and their children in an environment where parents can be supported and encouraged to participate in a variety of activities with their children e.g. cooking, craft, reading, help with homework, etc.

This project will increase the opportunities for families’ not just parents to learn and share experiences together and therefore improve the relationship and communication between parents and their children.

Lifelong learning in Communities

Community education classes targeting young people and adults around active citizenship, media training, youth work training and work based skills e.g. Food Hygiene, Manual Handling and First Aid, Childcare, Employability. These courses will be delivered in a variety of venues throughout the north cluster,
providing learning opportunities/qualifications in the community.

Basic Skills Programme

The aim of this project is to improve adult basic skills, In partnership with ACL, and other appropriate agencies, with referrals from job clubs and other learning programmes, skills clubs will be provided for participants identified with basic skills needs. Those involved will then be progressed to other courses for confidence building and employability skills