NYAS has a significant presence in Wales where we are known as NYAS Cymru. The work of NYAS Cymru is supported by The Welsh Government and we work with Local Authorities to ensure the voice of vulnerable children and young people in Wales are heard and acted upon. This is our mission statement:
‘A society where every child , young person or vulnerable adults’ voice is heard and their rights respected and where they can achieve their potential.’
NYAS Cymru provides the following services:
We provide confidential advocacy representation to vulnerable children and young people across Wales on behalf of local authorities
Peer Advocacy Services
NYAS Cymru runs a peer-led advocacy service which helps young people supports other young people in our work. Peer advocates have received training and have obtained a qualification to ensure they are suitable for the role.
We provide an Independent Visiting Service to children and young people with limited contact with their families. This service is run by volunteers who befriend children and young people and provide them with experiences and positive role models in their lives.
Working Together For Children
NYAS is an approved provider of Cafcass Cymru to deliver their separated parents program “Working Together For Children” (WT4C) in North Wales. The Nyas office base for this program is in Mold.
The course is designed to help separated parents understand what their children need most from them. Parents learn the fundamental principles of how to manage any conflict and difficulties within the parenting relationship and how to put this into practice. The course is offered in a mixed group with a choice of 1 x 4hr session or 2 x 2hr sessions one week apart. Note: This is not a parenting program and ex-partners do not attend the same sessions.
There can sometimes be a charge for attending the course but if you are receiving legal aid the course is free. CAFCASS Cymru also makes allowance for those parents who may be put in a situation of financial hardship should they have to pay for the course. Please ask your Family Court Advisor for more information and, where appropriate, an application pack. For further information please select the following link for the Cafcass Cymru Information Factsheet:
Participation and Consultation
In all our services we provide young people the opportunity to get involved in local groups that work to promote their views, wishes and feelings in local policy and help develop our work in Wales. We run a Young People’s Advisory Group which supports our strategic aims and objectives.
NYAS is an accredited assessment centre for City & Guilds and ONC (Open College Network) to deliver training. We offer training packages for the public, voluntary and statutory sector. NYAS Cymru has received funding from The Welsh Government to train candidates within the children’s advocacy sector on the National Advocacy Qualification.
Responses to Local and National policy within Wales.
NYAS Cymru responds to local and National policy to ensure we are influential in policy and legislation for and with children and young people.
NYAS Cymru is also a lead agency of the Cywaith management consortium of MEIC – the 24 hour advocacy, information and advice helpline for children and young people in Wales. To find out more information about MEIC go to www.meiccymru.org.
Our work is underpinned by NYAS Legal Services; our solicitors are able to provide advice and assistance on a broad range of legal issues.
For all other enquiries please email us at email@example.com
If you prefer to talk to a Welsh Speaking member of staff please call 07786 961099. Please note this is only Monday – Fridays.
“Thanks for listening to me and getting the others to listen to me too.” (Young person.)
“Diolch am wrando arnaf a chael eraill i wrando arnaf hefyd.”
“Really had a positive influence in this young person’s life and gave him an independent voice.” (Residential Support Worker)
“wedi cael dylanwad positif iawn ar fynyd yr unigolyn ifanc hwn ac wedi rhoi llais annibynnol iddo.”
“The work you do with young people with disabilities is fantastic!” (Independent Reviewing Officer)
“Mae’r gwaith rydych yn ei wneud gyda phobl ifanc ag anableddan un ffantastig!