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National award recognition for Flintshire’s Social Services

Published: 29/06/2015

Flintshire County Council’s Social Services, Early Years and Family Support has received a national award. The Council’s early years and family support service recently won a Care Council for Wales award in the Accolade’s ‘Better outcomes through working together’ category. This was in recognition of the strong partnerships that have been developed between a number of services and organisations within Flintshire, to ensure that proactive and positive parenting is promoted, and that negative outcomes for children and young people are prevented. The judges said that they were particularly impressed by the strength of relationships between the schools, parents and Social Services, the links to Glyndwr University as well as a real understanding of a holistic approach to children and increasing their aspirations and achievement. The Award was received by Ysgol Merllyn, Bagillt on behalf of Education and Youth Services, in recognition of the Families and Schools Together programme. Ms T Jones, Headteacher of Ysgol Merllyn, said: I was absolutely thrilled to win the social care accolade, it’s a testament to the valuable work carried out at Ysgol Merllyn. I am very pleased that we continue to have a whole family approach to ensure the best outcomes for our learners and that this had been recognised. Also recognised at the Care Council for Wales awards, was the KIM Inspire Project. KIM is a Flintshire based voluntary sector organisation that offers group activities, training and support into work for people who struggle with poor mental health The KIM Inspire Project received a special award as it is the tenth year of the Accolades. The judges were impressed by the fact that the project is fully client-led, focuses on the well-being and social inclusion of people with mental health problems and education and training about mental health. Flintshire County Council provides funding to KIM, and would also like to extend its congratulations to KIM for its special recognition. Annie Donovan, Joint Chief Executive of KIM Inspire said “We are thrilled to be recognised by the Care Council and especially for this prestigious award. A big thanks to everyone involved in KIM for all their support and hard work and we are looking forward to more developments in the future”. Councillor Chris Jones, Cabinet Member for Social Services, said: “I am so proud of these achievements for Flintshire. Reaching the finals, and having our services recognised at a national level, was tremendous in itself, but, of course, it is particularly pleasing to win. “Well done to all those people who are involved, who work so hard to support Flintshire families- and also a big thank you to the parents, children and staff of Ysgol Merllyn. This is a fantastic scheme and this award is so well deserved. “Congratulations also to KIM, for their wonderful achievement too.” Full details about the awards can be found at Image