Youth Cymru

Youth Cymru is a National Voluntary Youth organisation operating within Wales. We act as an umbrella body for youth clubs and projects who affiliate to us in order to access support, training, curriculum activities, events etc. Within the context of the provision of a universal youth service within Wales, we also seek to provide support for those young people and groups who may find themselves at the most disadvantage. Youth Cymru is one of the major National Voluntary Youth Organisation in Wales. It has now served the needs of young people in Wales for 75 years. It should be emphasised that Youth Cymru neither owns nor governs clubs or projects, and is best described as a facilitating, supporting or servicing body, with groups, clubs or projects seeking membership in order to avail themselves of the services provided Youth Cymru exists to promote the personal and social development of young people using informal but essentially educational programmes. It seeks to give them the necessary skills to become effective in their communities and to make full use of their personal resources. This is achieved through supporting and working with young people, leaders, volunteers, and management committees. Youth Cymru has a unique position in youth work in Wales and an exemplary record of developing and delivering training and curriculum activities. We have been and continue to be successful in delivering a wide range of locally based projects in partnership with other voluntary and maintained organisations throughout Wales. As an organisation Youth Cymru has gained respect throughout the youth work community for it’s proven ability to deliver its agreed outcomes on the full spectrum of work with young people Our programme of activities includes: Youth Achievement Awards Youth Cymru in partnership with UK Youth operate the Youth Achievement family of Awards within Wales. UK Youth is the leading national network concerned with enhancing the lives of young people through youth work and informal education. Highlights of the Awards: • Are available to young people aged 11 plus (Youth Challenges) and 14 plus (Youth Achievement Awards) • Provide a peer education approach to encouraging and recognising young people's achievements through non-formal education • Develop from normal youth work programmes rather than require separate activities, and encourage young people to be more involved in developing their own programmes based on their interests • Encourage quality youth work by promoting young people's participating in decision making and ownership of their activities and learning • Motivate young people by giving them a sense of achievement and recognition • Lead to identifiable social skills development • Work within a youth work specific, curriculum development model • Are progressive in terms of responsibility and leadership Getting Connected • Getting Connected is a curriculum framework for social inclusion. • A central feature of the framework is the commitment to support young adults to develop higher levels of emotional intelligence and self-esteem. • Young adults involved with the curriculum are encouraged to explore their lives and plan for their futures. • They are supported to explore their attitudes, feelings and behaviour as well as exploring their relationships with others. • The framework is divided into nine units that can be addressed in any order and in a way that best suits the needs of individuals. • Optional accreditation of learning is provided through Agored Cymru. Personal Financial Management for Young People • In collaboration with pfeg and EdComms we are involved in the development and piloting of a training pack to support the personal financial management skills of young people • We will also be supporting, developing and delivering training to the professionals who work with the young people The programme will be accredited via the use of our Youth Achievement Award. We are also in the process of setting up a teenage safe driving scheme in partnership with UPS and UK Youth. Road Code Teen Safe Driving Program UPS has been committed to the safety of its drivers and the public for more than 100 years. The UPS Foundation is building on UPS’s history of safe driving by introducing UPS Road Code, a fun and educational program that brings UPS’s safe-dri In recognition of the differing needs of the varying groups that together constitute the client base of the organisation, Youth Cymru has chosen to adopt an holistic approach to this issue. Together the suite of documents provides guidance and support to all Youth Cymru staff, trustees, volunteers and affiliate organisations. The purpose of the first section of the documentation is to specify Youth Cymru’s policy and procedures on the protection of children and vulnerable adults. In this document the term “children” or “young people” should also be taken to include vulnerable adults. The document applies to all Youth Cymru staff, trustees, volunteers and consultants and the policy and procedures apply to all of Youth Cymru activities - providing products and services, managing staff and volunteers and dealing with members, suppliers, customers, supporters and the public. Section two of the document provides guidance on the formulation of protection procedures and policy. It is designed to support existing and prospective affiliate organisations in the development of their own policy and procedure. It provides advice and examples of good practice which should be considered when an organisation approaches this subject. The third section outlines the practical support in terms of training and staff development that Youth Cymru can provide to Youth and Community projects on this subject area. Our programmes of training are all designed to help instil in youth workers the importance of involving young people throughout the design and evaluation of all the work that affects them Youth Cymru is a network of clubs projects and organisations that work to assist young people in achieving the best that they have within themselves to become. We work with agencies from the maintained and voluntary sector. In non-formal, informal and sometimes formal settings. We work with young people from all kinds of backgrounds and abilities, from those who might be very motivated and seeking to expand their horizons, to those who come from groups that are far harder to reach, may have fallen through the education or employment net or have found themselves part of the criminal justice system. Youth Cymru provides training for leaders and club members and seeks to develop work with young people through partnerships with LEAs, the Voluntary sector and other agencies. More widely, it aids the development of youth work provision in Wales by supporting national umbrella youth and community organisations. Through the family of Youth Achievement Awards Youth Cymru enable Young people in non-formal educational setting to have their achievements and learning recognised, accredited and celebrated. Training projects include - Youth Worker training, senior member training, youth forum training, child protection training, management committee training, health and safety courses, arts development training and a motor vehicle based self development programme. Events include the Youth Cymru National Youth work Conference, national dance competition, national showcase of performing arts, Arts for Youth and a national ice skating event. Youth Cymru has been actively involved in promoting the Think Big project in Wales for the last 6 months. To date we have publicised Think Big nationally within Wales with the maintained and voluntary networks, across the Children and Young people’s partnerships and with the Local Councils for Voluntary Associations. This has been done electronically and also where we have had access to sufficient material via ‘O2 – Think Big’ promotional material. Information has also been made available on our web site, the CLIConline national information website for young people in Wales, as part of the Welsh Assembly Government Youth Work Strategy branch ‘e’ newsletter. Our Training manager, (who will be the nominated member of staff) has also been involved in the delivery of the Think Big training in England. Youth Cymru in partnership with UK Youth operate the Youth Achievement family of Awards within Wales. UK Youth is the leading national network concerned with enhancing the lives of young people through youth work and informal education. ASDAN is a QCA recognised awarding body that have extensive experience of moderation and accreditation of a wide range of awards, including Key Skills qualifications and the ASDAN Award Schemes. Together, UK Youth and ASDAN have developed the Youth Achievement Awards and the Youth Challenges to provide a framework to recognise and accredit young people's non-formal learning. Highlights of the Awards: • Are available to young people aged 11 plus (Youth Challenges) and 14 plus (Youth Achievement Awards) • Provide a peer education approach to encouraging and recognising young people's achievements through non-formal education • Develop from normal youth work programmes rather than require separate activities, and encourage young people to be more involved in developing their own programmes based on their interests • Encourage quality youth work by promoting young people's participating in decision making and ownership of their activities and learning • Motivate young people by giving them a sense of achievement and recognition • Lead to identifiable social skills development • Work within a youth work specific, curriculum development model Programmes Youth Challenge A 30-hour programme comprising of five 6-hour activities with a central element of peer assessment supported by the Award Group Worker. Encouraging young people to take part in activities is the focus at this first level. Youth Challenge Extra This programme can be used as a progression from the Youth Challenge or as direct entry for a young person capable of demonstrating the ability to help organise. Youth Activities - Peer Tutoring Awards This 30-hour programme has been developed for young people attending block or short course activity programmes. Bronze At Bronze Level young people take part in activities that have been organised by other people. Silver At Silver Level young people are involved in helping to plan and organise activities where their contribution and responsibilities within the challenges are clearly identified. Gold At Gold Level young people take complete responsibility for planning, organising and leading activities. Young people will also need to give a presentation on their Award. Platinum Platinum Level is a leadership Award. Young people take complete responsibility for planning, organising and leading activities. It is different from the other Awards because the challenges are set and include a personal development plan, undertaking training, a placement working with young people, an evaluation and a presentation. Accrediting the Wider Key Skills through the UK Youth Achievement Awards Registration with Youth Cymru to run the Youth Challenges and Youth Achievement Awards will also enable you to access ASDAN's Wider Key Skills programmes as a registered centre. The three Wider Key Skills are 'Improving your Own Learning and Performance', 'Working with Others' and 'Problem Solving' - all of which fit neatly into the youth work context and can be generated from involvement in a Youth Achievement Award as they follow the same planning, target setting and reviewing methodology. The Wider Key Skills are qualifications that are approved for use in schools (via Section 96) and are fundable by LSC for use with young people aged 16 plus (via Section 97). The Wider Key Skills are all assessed through portfolio-based evidence (and can be cross referenced to a Youth Achievement Award). Other advantages are that the Wider Key Skills also appear in school and college league tables (where relevant) and at Levels 1 and 2 each one contributes 3/4 of a GCSE's worth of league table points. At Level 3 all three Wider Key Skills broadly equate to an AS Level with 60 UCAS T Youth Cymru has been at the forefront of developing programmes and training that allow young people the opportunities to develop their skills and understand the responsibility of leadership. In particular 3 areas of work stand out in this context. Our Youth Forum training programme is designed to meet the needs of young people who wish to develop skills in working with other people within formal settings. It will enable them to understand the function of, and processes involved within, a Youth Forum. This course is aimed at young people in the 14 to 21 age group. It is anticipated that they will be young people who will be preparing to take part in their first youth forum meeting soon after the theory element of the course has finished. The key elements of the course are designed to help them understand the need for effective communication by recognising various forms of communication (i.e. verbal, written and body language) and identifying the skills needed for effective communication (i.e. listening skills, negotiation skills) After the course they will be able to discuss the function of a youth forum, identify the roles and responsibilities within a youth forum and understand the need for and content of a constitution They will also have explored the responsibilities of a Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, Secretary and Treasurer We have also sought to empower young people in having a say in the standards and quality of youth work and the provision that is made for them. This has been done by the development of an accredited training programme, ‘Quality Assessment of Provision by Young People’, which is now being used in a number of Local Authorities in Wales. This unit aims to enable the learner to start the process of identifying what they believe are good and bad aspects of youth service provision. Following completion of the training young people are able to clearly define the concept of quality, identify the characteristics that define quality in a service or product and describe the process of producing a shared view of quality. They have had the opportunity to recognise areas of a youth service provision that could be viewed as good quality and give a list of what it is that young people desire from a youth service provision. The final element of the training sees them design a method of assessing and recording the quality of a youth centre or projects provision, then undertake an assessment visit to a youth centre and record and report back on their findings. Our Senior Member Training programme seeks to develop the skills of individual young people within a youth and community work setting, and begins the process of equipping them to work effectively with young people in informal settings. The programme is based on the founding principles of the Youth Work Curriculum Statement for Wales. The course is aimed at young people in the 16-21 age group. Ideally they will have been youth club members for over a year, and thus be able to build upon having the experience of the operation of a youth club from the perspective of a service user. In tandem with a theory based course which provides the underpinning knowledge, the young person is required to undertake approximately 24 hours of voluntary work at a youth centre placement. During this time they complete a series of practical activities organise a short term project in their placement.
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