60 children under five years old across Neath Port Talbot will develop their speech, language and communication skills through forming friendships at an early age, thanks to a grant of £60,000 from South Wales Freemasons to Resolven Building Blocks charity.
The grant will help Resolven run their Talk2Gether Service, which provides dedicated play sessions to children who have trouble communicating. The sessions will also focus on helping children to improve their social skills, and develop their emotional wellbeing. Resolven have found that these sessions can provide, on average, one years’ worth of development for children that attend over a 20 week period. These sessions can also reduce frustration and isolation, as well as improving the children’s emotional wellbeing.
Services of this kind are needed now more than ever, with recent research estimating 1.7 million children in the UK to be behind with talking and understanding words following the Covid-19 pandemic. Resolven want to help address this issue by giving early intervention support to help children build on these important skills and reach their full potential.