Save the Children's work in Wales

Five-year-old Amelia and her mum Anastasia take part in a drawing game at a Families and Schools Together session in Cardiff.

We’ve been working in Wales since the 1930s.

Initially, we supported miners’ families who were living in severe poverty in the valleys during the depression.

Today, almost one in three children still lives in poverty in Wales. This is a higher proportion than in any other nation in the UK and equates to almost 200,000 children.

Save the Children believes every child deserves a childhood now and a bright future. Through our innovative programmes and our campaigning work, we tackle child poverty so that young children have the support they need to grow, develop and learn.

Working with families, schools and communities

Children spend up to 80% of their time outside of school. So having engaged, informed and confident parents can make a huge difference to their learning.

To ensure that children get the best start in life, we support families in some of the most deprived communities in Wales. Our teams work with partners in education, health and social care to deliver a range of programmes:

Through Eat, Sleep, Learn, Play! we award grants for essential items for children’s development, such as a bed, a cooker, or toys and books, to low income families who simply can't afford to buy these items themselves.

We’ve been running the award-winning Families and Schools Together (FAST) programme in Wales since 2010. FAST helps build stronger relationships between parents, schools and communities.

Our Families Connect programme empowers parents to create a supportive home learning environment, so that children can achieve their full potential at school and in life.

We also work to support children affected by emergencies. Our Journey of Hope programme helps children cope with emergencies and stressful situations.

Take Care is designed to increase the resilience of children, young people and urban communities to disasters. It also aims to help emergency planners and responders meet children and young people’s needs more effectively.

Our campaigning work

The early years are a critical stage in children’s development.

But right now, too many children in Wales are falling behind before they even start school. And it’s those growing up in poverty who are most affected.

That’s why we’re asking the Welsh Government to take action and invest in better support for parents, and to make sure early years staff can deliver world-class early learning and childcare.

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Find out more

For more information about our work in Wales, please contact or call us on 029 20 396838.

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Last updated: January 2017.