THE Sgiliau Byw project, aimed at helping parents and carers in rural Carmarthenshire, recently launched new sessions in partnership with Menter Bro Dinefwr’s Mamau Iach at both Llanarthne Hall and in Ysgol Rhys Prichard in Llandovery.

Sgiliau Byw is run by Menter Cwm Gwendraeth and is part of RDP Sir Gâr’s Innovative Hubs scheme.

Funding for the project has come through the Rural Development Plan (RDP) for Wales 2007-2013, which is funded by the Welsh Government and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development.

Nerys Burton, Sgiliau Byw’s project officer, said: “During the last year, the Sgiliau Byw project has gone from strength to strength. We have reached so many families with our work.

“We are looking forward to moving forward by working in partnership with Menter Bro Dinefwr on this fantastic project. We are really looking forward to working with Menter Cwm Gwendraeth on this innovative project helping parents, carers and preschool children to improve literacy, numeracy, communication and general parenting skills through a series of activities which emphasise learning through fun,” said Menter Bro Dinefwr’s youth services manager, Lynette Thomas.

Sgiliau Byw will take place over six weekly sessions which are based on specific themes, including basic cookery, living a healthy lifestyle, exercising and keeping fit, sharing books and stories, and singing nursery rhymes.

The sessions are free and full of fun-packed activities.

Each parent will be given a free Sgiliau Byw information pack, which will include a bilingual recipe book and a CD and song book.

These resources can then be used by parents / carers at home.

To find out about attending Sgiliau Byw sessions, or to get information on other RDP Sir Gâr projects and grants in rural Carmarthenshire, call 01267 242364.