“I’m shocked I can do so much”



Our £14 million Bright New Futures programme has been building the emotional resilience of young parents and young disabled people in Wales so that they have the skills, knowledge and ability to manage key transitions in life. Read two stories about its success so far.

Liam’s story

“I am 18 years old and I have autism. I went to the Info Shop and was given the details to contact A Dynamic Future. I was finding doing so many things hard, talking to people, sorting my money and writing a CV.

I wanted to:

  • Get a paid job: write a CV, find a Job, find my way using a bus
  • Get a place of my own to live: get a job to pay, learn to budget, learn to cook
  • Pass my driving test: pay for lessons and test

At a Dynamic Future I met Jenny and Terry a worker and I was given a form to fill in and my Mum had one too, which asked lots of things about me, what I could do, what I wanted to do and how I thought I was going to get there – what I needed to learn.

Dynamic, the main charity knew Sainsbury’s and through this they were able to find me a work experience at the shop. I really enjoyed this, and was helped and supported all week by Terry. I loved every bit of it, only hated the computer work.

At the end of my work experience a job came up cleaning in the café. Terry helped me fill in a form, I did my CV and Terry came with me to the interview. He helped me to get ready for this. Suggested things I should wear, practised answering questions and told me what it would be like. I also learned with Terry how to use the bus and taxis to get me to work and home.

I got the job – part time and in the evenings but its great earning my own money. Terry has even helped me to write a budget plan for my money.

In my free time during the day I am learning to cook and can cook cheese on toast. At the end of the project I cooked a meal for my Mum. I have now passed my driving test.

Mum is pleased but shocked I can do so much. I am too.

I liked coming to the Dynamic Future Project because Terry has helped me in finding a job, writing a CV and budgeting. I think I see myself working with new friends.

I made my first appointment by myself. I am now looking forward to learning new life skills such as washing my own clothes and cooking.”

About the Dynamic Future Project

It was awarded £956,000 to support and guide disabled young people in Wrexham between the ages of 14-25 who are not benefiting from a service offering support, help or advice in relation to opportunities for their future. This includes helping to secure college or volunteering places, training or employment.

Read Winnie’s story


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  1. […] From there I started going to the Shine Stay & Play session in the hostel every week.  Lea loved all of the fun activities and I really appreciated the opportunity to get out of our small room in the hostel and spend some quality time Lea.  Going to the Shine sessions also helped me get to know other parents in the hostel.  Most of all I really appreciated the opportunity to talk to the staff there about Lea’s development and issues I was dealing with from my past.   Lea and I loved the trips that Shine organised and we had a great time with other families from the hostel, in particular a trip to a local farm where Lea got to feed animals, something she’d never experienced before.   Whilst as the hostel I also completed Shine’s 10 week Parent Nurturing Programme, which helped be handle some of Lea’s emerging challenging behaviour as she was now a very active toddler.  I loved the group and enjoyed meeting new parents and sharing our experiences and ideas.   Almost a year after I moved into the hostel I was offered a property of my own, not far from the hostel but in some ways I was still nervous.  Shine staff explained if I needed support when I moved on that I could refer myself to their 1-2-1 Support Service.    When I moved into my new home Sarah from Shine came to visit me every week and we worked through an action plan including getting Lea a nursery place and resuming counselling for myself to deal with issues from my childhood.  Sarah was a good listener, positive and approachable and made the experience of moving and going it alone better.  I no longer need support from Shine, however know I can always give them a call if I do and that’s reassuring.   Since moving into my own house and receiving Shine’s support I’ve volunteered for Shine and my local Communities First Hub, helping out at Shine events and baking cakes to raise funds to my local community.  Lea is doing so well in nursery and loves her new bedroom, which I’m really proud of.  I’m planning on doing my food hygiene and business courses next year in preparation to start my own cake making business.   When I look back over the last few years I have definitely had some highs and lows, however I know that with services like Shine around I feel supported and know where to go for help if I need it.”   About Shine   Shine, delivered in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan over five years by Taff Housing Association, was created with nearly £1m from Bright New Futures. Shine offers parenting support to young parents aged (16 to 25) who are homeless or in danger of being homeless and who are struggling to achieve key milestones in their families’ lives.   The aim of the project is to build up the skills and confidence of young parents and help them build strong, nurturing families that give their children the best possible start in life. Read Liam’s story […]

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