THE Minister for Children, Education, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Jane Hutt, met parents and staff of the Talk for Talk project in Wrexham.
The project provides interagency support for families caring for children and young adults with speech, language and communication difficulties (SLCD).
More than 80 families are registered on the project, which began in 2003.
It aims to support learning and achievement in schools by helping to remove family barriers to help young people achieve and develop self esteem.
It also helps families to protect their children and young people from abuse, neglect, discrimination or exploitation and enables families to help children and young people to develop strategies to keep themselves safe.
Families are encouraged to lead healthy and active lifestyles and feel valued by recognising that all families have a voice and that it can be used effectively.
Parents were given an opportunity to ask the minister questions, including whether funding could be made available to further improve the project.
Plans for the future of the project include establishing a Talk for Talk group in every high school to support families from that school and its feeder primary schools. Current facilities facilitators would keep the Wrexham Talk for Talk group running while supporting the new groups.
Clare Field, chief prevention and inclusion officer with Wrexham Council, said: “It was a pleasure to meet the minister and very encouraging to see her take a keen interest in the work of the Talk for Talk Project. ”
Further information about the Talk for Talk project is available from Jill McMinn, 01978 821254.