Sparkle is delighted to announce we have been awarded funding* to carry out a full feasibility study into the need for a new children’s centre in North Gwent, in order to cater for the needs of children and young people with disabilities and/or developmental difficulties in Blaenau Gwent, North Torfaen and North Monmouthshire.

The grant of £78,900 will enable us to identify the needs of families and children in the area and to find land which could house a dedicated, integrated centre.

Sparkle chair Dr Sabine Maguire, who was the driving force behind successful Serennu Children’s Centre, said: “We want to address the inequity of services to the children with complex needs between those in North and South Gwent. Serennu provides so much for the children and young people with complex needs in the south of the county, this contrasts starkly with the current provision in North Gwent. We are delighted to have been awarded this funding to help us start to address this unfair situation.”

Our project also aims to create a unique ‘Transition Hub’, providing services for young people with complex needs across Gwent as they transition to adulthood.

The feasibility study will involve wide consultation with all interested parties, including parents, health, social services and housing sectors and children and young people themselves.


* The feasibility studying funding was provided by the Welsh Government from the Integrated Care Fund after Sparkle’s project was submitted for consideration by the Gwent Regional Partnership Board, a body which brings together representatives from the local authorities in the region with those from the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board to improve the integration of, and strategic planning for, integrated care services.