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Boxes of care for Caerphilly young people

Nichola Davies (HPAD Project) & Gemma Mark (The Basement Project)

Vulnerable young people across the Caerphilly county borough will receive care boxes, as part of a new initiative launched to coincide with Youth Work Week 2020; taking place from 22nd – 30th June.

The ‘Because We Care’ box initiative has been developed by The Basement and HPAD (Homelessness, Prevention, Awareness, Diversion) teams, who both form part of Caerphilly County Borough Council’s Youth Service.

Through the scheme, Youth Workers are delivering boxes to vulnerable young people that they work with to let them know that they care and a reminder that support is still available to them throughout the pandemic.

An information booklet is included in the boxes, providing useful contacts, along with tokens of kindness, such as toiletries, cosmetics, snacks, sweets and mindfulness activities.  The contents of each box will be individually tailored to each young person and could also contain items such as condoms and sanitary products; provided through the council’s Period Dignity initiative.

Cllr Barbara Jones, the council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Achievement, said “We understand that this will be a particularly difficult time for many of our young people.  The ‘Because We Care’ boxes offer a gesture of kindness, but also an opportunity to let young people know that the council’s Youth Service and other agencies are still on hand to help them.

The launch of the initiative is also a great way to mark this year’s Youth Work Week, which celebrates the excellent work being delivered both locally and nationally to support young people.”