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See what happens when you’re a shining light

    • vy cochran

People with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus in Wales can now access extra support, thanks to a new service from Shine Cymru.

With funding from the Big Lottery Wales, the charity has appointed a part-time Development Worker to work with other Shine Cymru colleagues across Wales to deliver the Shining Lights service, which aims to build a wide programme of awareness and development opportunities for anyone in North Wales whose life is affected by spina bifida and hydrocephalus.

Vy Cochran, based in Flintshire, brings broad experience of working with groups and individuals across North Wales. Vy worked for more than 10 years as Community Development Project Officer with Wales & West Housing, and in various local authority settings, including on economic regeneration, funding development, counselling, training and partnership working. Vy is also a qualified holistic therapist.

Vy says of her new role:

“I am looking forward to working together and using my skills to further develop the Shine Cymru community in North Wales.”

The Shining Lights service will provide community networking events, specialist information, peer groups and one-to-one support, to ensure that people living with spina bifida and hydrocephalus feel confident, connected and supported as needs change throughout life.

Vy will be working to build lively networks across Wales, supporting families, and helping people to cope with the later in life issues and crises that can arise with complex, long term conditions.

When she has a moment to relax, Vy enjoys complementary therapies, modern jive dance and baking cakes. The latter may well be in her genes – it turns out that ancestors way back were master bakers in St Asaph, Denbighshire.

Contact Vy via email at or phone 07393 235960.

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