The Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies rolled up his sleeves and got stuck into the painting at Gurnos Community Centre in October as part of a Welsh Government visit to the early years centre!

The community centre offers a wide variety of activities for children and support for families with input from education, health visiting, third sector, midwifery and social services all under one roof and aims to be a one stop shop of support.

Cwm Taf is one of five Children First pioneer areas in Wales which aim to develop a new integrated model for early years provision. The approach involves professionals working together to ensure the right support is given to families when they need it, be it before birth or during the early years of school.

Partners including Merthyr Tydfil and Rhondda Cynon Taf councils; Cwm Taf University Health Board, public health, and the voluntary sector are coming together to share information so that resources and teams around the family can be targeted in the right places.

Chair of the Public Services Board, Marcus Longley said: “We all want to make a difference and make improvements and we know we also need to work smarter with limited budgets. By working together to ensure services are there to help those most in need, we have the potential in Cwm Taf to maximise interventions at an earlier stage and make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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