News is filtering through of the announcement made in today’s Budget speech delivered by the Chancellor of the award of £500k to support the continuation of Change Step in Wales.

You can imagine that we are still coming to terms with the extraordinary implications of this endorsement of our work.

Since I shared with you, last week, our disappointment over the covenant bid, we have been simply overwhelmed by innumerable messages of support and goodwill received from all quarters. We have spent the days since engaged in planning and discussion, across Wales and beyond, with the resolute determination to carry on – one way or another.

The announcement from London today was unexpected, and can only have arisen through the good offices of friends capable of bringing such influence to bear.  To the Government, and to those who have lobbied on our behalf, we are immensely grateful.

We will now ensure that this investment is used wisely and in the interests of the long term sustainability of the programme.

We now have lots of work to do.  In the meantime, I thank the entire Change Step team and DACW partners for your brilliant work in Wales.  It is your individual efforts that have built the reputation and competence of the service and led to this wonderful vote of confidence.

Geraint Jones

Director, Change Step