Bishop Joanna Penberthy has embarked upon a six-month tour of all the family support groups run by St Davids Diocese.
The projects come under the aegis of Plant Dewi, the family charity overseen by the Diocesan Council for Social Responsibility, and cover all the three coiunties of Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
The first stop was at the Ty Ni Family Centre in Carmarthen – one of two in the town – where the Bishop chatted to staff and trustees, and also serious Lego time.
From there, she travelled to Trimsaran where she met young mums and babies, accompanied by her chaplain, Revd Caroline Mansell, and the Diocesan Social Responsibility Officer, Revd Christopher Lewis-Jenkins.
The Bishop was impressed by what she saw. “I was delighted to meet and chat with the dedicated, devoted staff who do such an important job for these young families,” she said. “And it was lovely to see the smiles on the faces of both the mums and the toddlers, many of whom live and grow in difficult circumstances.
“It’s vital that we as a Church respomnd to their needs. And Plant Dewi doies it extremely well.”
Plant Dewi operates over two dozen projects acorss the diocese, offering support for young parents – Mums and Dads – but also training opportunities that enable them to acquire skills not only in parenting but which will also increase their ability to find work.