DAC News

Farewell and Thanks to Denni Turp

Our North West Wales Regional Officer is retiring at the end of this week. We are extremely grateful to Denni for all her amazing work for DAC over the past 5 years. She will be missed by the team and all the members, especially those members within NW Wales who have worked closely with her throughout her time at DAC. The North West Region has benefited enormously from Denni’s passion and energy and leaves a wonderful legacy in the publications she has been instrumental in creating.

Many thanks Denni and very best wishes for a long and happy retirement from us all.

Singing for Lung Health

“Y Fegins”  – a weekly group for people with chronic lung conditions


Mondays 1.15- 2.30pm

At Canolfan Penrhosgarnedd, Bangor


Research  shows singing an help people with respiratory conditons to:

Improve  breath management

Learn to lengthen the out breath

Release tension

Build stamina

Meet people, be uplifted and have fun!!


For full details click on https://www.dropbox.com/s/4ur0ynpm0trl8tx/SFLH%20INFO%20poster%20May%2017%20engl%20%283%29%20%281%29.jpg?dl=0


Or Telepone 01248 384178 ext 4178


The Reader Organisation

Reading groupGroups Running in North Wales this Month:

Llanberis Library – Tuesdays 3.15 – 4.45 pm (Welsh medium group) For Children aged 7 – 11.

Open Groups for Adults running throughout North Wales:

Buckley Library – Mondays 12.30 – 2 pm (English medium group)

Llanrwst Library – Mondays 3.0 – 5 pm (English medium group)

Penmaenmawr Library – Thursdays 1.30 – 3 pm (English medium group)

Rhyl Library – Thursdays 1.30 – 3 pm (English medium group)

Colwyn Bay Library – Thursdays 3.30 – 5 pm (English medium group)

Caernarfon Library – Fridays 2 – 3 pm (Welsh medium group)

New Groups starting this month:

Llangefni Library – Thursdays 10.30 – 12 pm, starting 20th March.

Bangor Library – Fridays 10.30 – 12 pm, starting 21st March.

For more information please go to the website:  http://www.thereader.org.uk/

or email:  [email protected]

Family Smiles Group on Anglesey

The NSPCC intend running a Family SMILES group on Anglesey (venue to be confirmed) in May and would welcome any referrals you feel will be relevant.

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Over eight group sessions, Family Smiles teaches children about mental illness and develops life skills that will improve their ability to cope.  The parent also receives one-to-one support to understand their child’s experience of living in a family with mental illness.  The family then completes a safety plan to ensure the child is safe and their wishes are considered in the event of the parent becoming ill again.

What happens in the group sessions for the child?

The child has the chance to talk about their experiences and feelings and understand what mental illness means.  They will learn how to keep themselves and their family safe, how to deal with problems at home, and where to get help if needed.

What happens in the adult sessions?

The parent has six one-to-one support sessions with a trained NSPCC worker.  They will talk about their mental health problems and the effect it has on their family.  They will identify their strengths as a parent and learn ways to talk about their feelings to the child and other family members.  The adult will spend time looking at how the child feels and learn how to support them.

What happens in the safety planning session?

The child, parent and other significant family members will meet with an NSPCC worker and draw on issues discussed throughout the course to formulate a ‘safety plan’.  This ensures the child is cared for safely and their wishes considered in the event of their parent suffering a relapse.

How to refer:

Prestatyn Service Centre, Trigg House, Warren Drive, Prestatyn, Denbighshire  LL19 7HT

Tel:  0844 892 0275

Email:  [email protected]