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Report hails efforts to transform lives

BOLD initiatives aimed at transforming the lives of the people of Swansea are starting to have positive effects on young children, the vulnerable and the elderly in city communities.

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The latest annual report of the Swansea Public Services Board (PSB) which aims to co-ordinate the activities of the public sector in the city says that it is starting to see the benefits of joint working taking shape in communities across the city.

Agencies including Swansea Council, health services, Natural Resources Wales, emergency services and other organisations came together under the umbrella of the PSB three years ago to address the need to co-ordinate efforts to improve the health and wellbeing of those most in need of support in their communities.

Now joint initiatives ranging from the pioneering family support programme Jig-so, the Dementia Friendly Generations project and the Mount Pleasant 'Hub on the Hill' venture are starting to have a real impact on people's lives.

Clive Lloyd, deputy leader of Swansea Council and co-chair of Swansea PSB said a lot of effort by a lot of groups and organisations is now starting to see tangible results.

He said: "Jig-so is a Swansea-based partnership that is transforming the lives of very young children in the earliest days of life by supporting their carers to gain key parenting skills - the essential building blocks of any new family.

"More than 90% of 450 families who have joined the jig-so project felt better prepared to be a parent and 89% felt they could support their new child's needs more effectively.

"By learning together with the support of outside agencies, families are turning their lives around and children are growing up happy, healthy and ready to take advantage of their education opportunities in the years ahead."

"Similarly the Dementia Friendly Swansea project is helping older and younger people reach across the generations to support each other and those with Dementia. Thanks to this scheme there are hundreds of 'Dementia Friendly' health workers, council staff and others who can provide understanding and support for people with dementia."

He said: "In addition, to the meaningful outcomes that have helped change lives in Swansea, we have also created and continue to develop a delivery infrastructure and governance system.

"While we have achieved a great deal, Swansea PSB is not complacent and will continue to innovate and seek new ways to improve Swansea's well-being both today and for future generations."

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