Fun costumes and the familiar faces of well-known film and book characters, helped to highlight the important work of local services in Neath Port Talbot and deliver a few key healthy messages to families. Colleagues from Swansea Bay University Health board, as well as local family services and charities, dressed up for the occasion and helped make the Flying Start Neath Port Talbot Family Fun Day at Ysgol Bae Baglan a big hit with families.
Health Visitors Sarah Scourfield, Lori Davies and Kelly Williams shared advice on immunisations, Home Safety and Safer Sleep, while student health visitors Ella Hughes, Nerys Ubsdell, Lowri Stevenson and Kayleigh Plumb provided information on Sun Safety and Vitamin D.
Bringing together over 70 organisations and charities, such as the emergency services, community health teams and community advice and support services, the event organised by Flying Start Health Visitor Rosemari Jones, celebrated the work of the Flying Start programme and all organisations providing services to children and their families in Neath Port Talbot.
Flying Start Community Nursery Nurses Rachel Williams, Karen Griffith, Emily Jones and Angela Harvey, deliver key messages on weaning and healthy eating to families.
Among those who attended the event to provide free activities, information and goodies, were the Neath Fostering Team, along with their Mascot who was a big hit with the children at the event.
“It was a fantastic event with a great turn out, both with stall holders and crowds! It was a really fun day and we made some good contacts, as well as promoting the need for more foster carers in the area. Caroline Quint.”
Facing the Challenge, Swansea Bay UHB mental health and learning disabilities service provided plenty of fun activities for the children “It was really nice to meet all of the children and their families and to network with other vital services.” Helen Targett.
Staff from The Children’s Centre in Neath Port Talbot Hospital joined in the fun, dressed as’ Where’s Wally?’ “It was a brilliant day, I’m so glad it went so well, and we are looking forward to next year.” Judith Harris.
Lots of angry feelings were eaten up by the angry monster bin during the event, an activity provided by Barnardos ‘Beyond the Blue’ service, while the Co-operative and community-led housing service asked families about their perfect community.
“Partnership working in any service is vital, to reach a greater number of families. This event proved to be such a useful occasion, where over 70 services were given the opportunity to combine their resources and offer support and education to the public. The day was so well attended and everyone seemed to enjoy. It will definitely be an annual event in Neath Port Talbot.” Rosemari Jones, Flying Start Health Visitor.