Gobaith Goes Large

Our Gobaith (Barri) fight to see a Suicide Support Centre in our town is still as as strong as ever.

The Campaign, started by brave Barry Mum Rachel Degaetano after the death of her 21 year old son Chae, was launched in early 2018.

Rachel, was compelled to act after the suicide of her own boy – followed by ten young people in Barry taking their own lives within the couple of years that followed.

The death of Samuel Uphill in January 2018 was the last heartbreaking straw that spurred the support worker into action.

Rachel had originally intended to register Gobaith (Barri) as a Charity and run the Centre herself. But following a battle with breast cancer has now handed the reins, and the near £6,000 funds raised, over to Barry Community Support Centre.

This is a Community Interest Company CIC) run by Tammi Owen who is calling on our community for their help. She wants to set up a Hub where people and families are able to access support and help under one roof. It will also provide activities , meeting places and a place just to sit and have a coffee and a chat.

The Gobaith (Barri) Suicide Support strand will, of course, be very much part of this.

The Centre is for the community, and run by the community. And is aiming to be open late in the evening and weekends to help people who work or in school.

Tammi said: “Many people will know that I’ve been working and supporting the people of Barry for 30 years.

I’ve worked for the CAB, Women’s Aid, Mental Health , Social Services to name a few and I’ve donated free private counselling hours to help the people who needed to talk.

I’ve worked tirelessly for my community and now I’m calling on my community to help me fund a building and to set up services for the people of Barry. “

Our Rachel is still very much part of the team though and will continue arranging Gobaith fundraisers.

The next one is a gig at Barry West End this Friday when the super Skacasm take to the stage at an event organised in conjunction with local man Bobby Kenny.

She is also very much part of the Barry Community Support Centre and will be taking pride of place at their next big night out.

If you love the 80’s and all the almost Fancy Dress that went with, you be mad to miss the Party at the Tynewydd Inn on Saturday October 26th. Get your tickets, priced a fiver, here.

“I know we can do this, this is a direct call to action,” Tammi added.

All donations to the Barry Community Support Centre are very gratefully revived please click here if you can help.

If you would like to help fund the Centre by putting on an event or helping them raise money please contact Tammi Owen direct tammi@heroestraining.co.uk

SVJ

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Sue Vincent-Jones, writing as Mrs SVJ, is a Barry born journalist, editor, and communications specialist.

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