Families in Monmouthshire will benefit from a £1.8m grant earmarked for spending during the 2017/18 financial year.  The cash will be used to fund projects for the council’s Families First and Flying Start programmes.

 A total of £650,000 has been allocated to the county’s Families First programme – an initiative which supports families and aims to improve outcomes. The programme focuses on prevention and early intervention support services to tackle child poverty.  The amount includes £51,000 to help families affected by disability.

 Meanwhile, the council’s Flying Start programme which operates in selected areas in Monmouth, Abergavenny, Chepstow and Caldicot will receive £1.17m.  Flying Start aims to give children the best start in life from the prenatal period to three years old.  The money will help the programme to deliver high quality part-time childcare for eligible two year olds alongside evidence-based health, parenting and early language support.

 Paul Matthews, Monmouthshire’s Chief Executive said: “Families First and Flying Start teams carry out invaluable work targeted to make a positive difference.  It’s really positive that this work will continue into the next financial year.”