Hafan Cymru

Hafan Cymru

Preventing Abuse, Promoting Independence

Who We Help

 

We offer a holistic approach to the provision of support to, women, men and families with a wide range of needs – including those who are homeless, have experienced physical, sexual or psychological abuse; are recovering their mental health, ex-offenders, substance abusers, as well as individuals with substance misuse issues. We aim to ensure our service users can maintain themselves in an independent home within the community.

Our schemes vary in nature, we provide supported housing, support in your own home, refuge and a range of projects and programmes. To find out more about how we help please click here. In all cases, those we support are encouraged to help themselves and learn new life skills. Each person receiving support is allocated a key worker who provides an individually tailored package of support to each service user. Our structured support package enables people to develop the skills and confidence needed to move on into independence. Our Moving On project also provides access to training, education and employment.

Women

Hafan Cymru works with women of all ages and their children (if any), who require support, to assist them in meeting their needs and to enable them to develop the necessary independence to take control over their own lives. Hafan Cymru offers a whole-person approach to the provision of support that covers a wide range of issues: for women recovering their mental health, ex-offenders, substance misusers, and in particular for women who have experienced domestic abuse, resulting in complex or multiple needs.

Men

Society often forgets that men can be victims of domestic abuse too. This can make it difficult for men to access the support they need because of fears about not being believed, or not being treated equally by agencies. However, Hafan Cymru provides support services for men experiencing domestic abuse, including young men and male-headed single-parent households who require support, to assist them in meeting their needs and to enable them to develop the necessary independence to take control over their own lives.

We support men from the following offices:

  • Bangor Office
  • Carmarthen Office
  • Ebbw Vale Office
  • Pontypool Office
  • Rhyl Office
  • Swansea Office
  • Wrexham Office

Families

Hafan Cymru believes that support to children and young people is an integral part of our service. We feel that we cannot address the needs of adult family members, especially where the presenting issue is domestic abuse, without considering the best interest of the child/ren. This is key where abuse is involved when young people’s needs can be obscured by the initial need to find safety for the family and where the issues for the children of having to leave their home, friends, extended family and support networks, are often more important than their concern for their mother’s or their own safety.

Even where support is provided in their own home, and the young people have not been forced to leave and seek temporary accommodation, young people’s behaviour – underachieving in school, truancy or school exclusion, behavioural issues, self-harm or eating disorders – can mask the damage caused by living with and witnessing abuse.

As part of Hafan Cymru’s holistic approach to support, the needs of all children living in the family, or of those intended or expected to return to the family, are assessed before support begins and a Family Support Plan is drawn up to ensure that these needs are met. Support for children and young people involves practical as well as emotional support, and support with parenting to improve their family situation. However, Hafan Cymru feels that it is especially important for children and young people to be heard, so we take time to take account of their views and ensure that the support offered to them mirrors what they want and what they tell us they want.

Individuals or families can normally stay with the project for up to 18 months. The level of support given to service users will normally be individually negotiated between them and their support worker, depending on their needs.

We have family-specific support from the following offices:

  • Carmarthen Office
  • Rhyl Office

We support single men and their children from the following offices:

    • Bangor Office
    • Carmarthen Office
    • Ebbw Vale Office
    • Pontypool Office
    • Rhyl Office
    • Swansea Office
    • Wrexham Office

Young People

We support young people in every area we work in and we have specific housing projects for young people across Wales. These young person’s projects provide specialist support for vulnerable young people where the support package is designed to their individual needs. These provide intensive support for young people aged 16 to 25 and assist in ensuring that they can move on into longer-term independence within the community.

Those living in shared accommodation usually share a communal kitchen, living space and/or garden. A support worker organises regular house meetings so that individuals that are housed are encouraged to help themselves and to give each other mutual support.

Each person receiving support is allocated a Support. They provide an individually tailored package of support to each service user and their children.

All the young people we support can access our in-house learning and work programme Moving On, which enables them to build up skills, return to full-time education or other learning and where appropriate find voluntary or paid employment. This is part of Hafan Cymru’s long-term aim of ensuring that we enable all those whom we support to become fully independent and active citizens.

We support young women in all the counties Hafan Cymru work in.

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