The life-changing impact of BBC Children in Need funding

Cyfannol Women’s Aid receives funding from BBC Children in Need to provide a mentoring service to boys aged 5-16 who have experienced domestic abuse.

Boys aged 11-16 are mentored as a group, providing positive role modelling and problem-free time away from difficulties and stress.

Thanks to the funding from Children in Need to run this programme, our boys’ group has flourished this year. Organised activities, such as raft-building and a music and film project, have helped these boys to become more confident, cooperative and better able to explore their own feelings, as well as improving their ability to communicate more openly and form positive relationships.

Through this group, the boys have produced and filmed an original music video, featuring a rap they wrote themselves. The group facilitator commented: “The boys engaged in the project with respect for the staff and each other. They worked very well together, helping each other and talking about their difficulties in school and home. They have come a long way!”

Feedback from the boys themselves has also been very positive, with one commenting: “I feel I can talk about my feelings now. Especially with my mum”. They are proud of what they have achieved and the fact that one boy’s goal is “to become a mentor for other young people who come onto this project” is testament to the life-changing impact of this project.

We are only able to run this programme thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need, support from our project partner Chance UK and the dedication of our fantastic team of volunteer mentors. If you would like to know more about the programme or becoming a volunteer, please contact us on 01873 859011 or email office@cyfannol.org.uk