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Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme

Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme

Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a Pyramid volunteer Club Leader, contact Kate Warner on 07971 399484.

Helping local primary school children in the Tregaron & Penparcau area reach their potential is the aim of the Ceredigion Pyramid Project. After the success of a pilot project last year, the project will be running more after school activity clubs (Pyramid Clubs) in the Spring Term of 2007. The Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme is a joint initiative between Ceredigion Education & Community Department and Ceredigion Public Health Team.

The Clubs are to help primary school children fulfil their potential in school and in life by building their skills, confidence and self-esteem.  The children are given the opportunity to have fun, learn new skills and help develop positive friendships.

The Clubs are run by 3 to 4 trained volunteer Club Leaders. Project Co-ordinator Kate Warner says “the volunteers gain a lot from the Clubs as well as the children; there’s initial training, which includes an int rod uction to play work and practical issues about running an activity club. They also have the hands-on experience of working in a small team to plan and run 10 after school clubs. I am there to support them during the Clubs, their out of pocket expenses are paid and most importantly, they have the satisfaction of seeing the children getting so much out of the Clubs ”.

The Scheme is funded by Cymorth and it is hoped that future funding will allow the Pyramid Clubs to be organised through the county.

What is Pyramid?

Pyramid is a national organisation and was set up in 1993 to help children of primary school age (5-12 years) fulfil their potential in school and in life by building their self-esteem and resilience.

The aim is to provide support within community and educational settings to quiet, withdrawn or isolated children who are finding it difficult to integrate or make friends, helping them to develop social and emotional confidence and well-being . For more information visit www.nptrust.org.uk

Becoming a Volunteer Club Leader

Pyramid welcomes volunteers from all sorts of backgrounds.  If you have enthusiasm, a sense of fun and are able to play, listen, laugh and above all, respect children for their individuality, Pyramid could be just the volunteering opportunity for you.

As a volunteer club leader, you will receive training to work in a small team to plan and run activity groups for children and young people who are aged between 5 and 12 years old. The children have been identified by their schools as needing a boost to their confidence and self-esteem. Pyramid Clubs run after school for an hour and a half and involve fun games, cooking, circle time discussion and art and craft activities. They take place once a week for ten weeks during the school term. Out-of-pocket expenses are paid.

Volunteer club leaders are central to the work of Pyramid. We could not deliver our services to young children without your support.

In return, you will get:  

  • Free training which is an excellent int rod uction to play work and therapeutic activities with children.
  • A real sense of achievement, watching children grow in confidence and feel better about themselves.
  • Hands-on experience in childcare.
  • Experience of working as part of a team.
  • Support from the local Pyramid co-ordinator.
  • All out-of-pocket expenses paid.
  • References (on request).
  • Information about further opportunities to work with children and young people (on request).
  • The option to take a CACHE Level 3 accredited training course in Promoting Children’s Social and Emotional Development.

We ask you:

  • For a minimum of 10 weeks commitment
  • Attendance at pre-club training sessions (usually 3 days).
  • Working as part of a team to deliver nine sessions plus one club outing.
  • Additional time for planning activities and keeping accounts of the club expenses.
  • Providing feedback on each child at the end of each club.
  • Attendance at a post club meeting to discuss the children’s progress.
  • Building relationships with parents and carers.
  • Commitment to Equal Opportunities and diversity.
  • Abide by Pyramid’s child protection and confidentiality guidelines.
  • Agreement to an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau.
  • Reliability, honesty, punctuality, flexibility and a sense of humour!

Tregaron Pyramid Club

The Tregaron Pyramid Club includes children from all primary schools in the Tregaron District. During the pilot Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme, 6 children from the Tregaron area enjoyed the series of 10 Pyramid Clubs, which were held in Llangeitho school. Volunteer Club Leaders came from the local area and included some sixth form pupils from Tregaron Secondary school ,

Penparcau Pyramid Club

The Penparcau Pyramid Club is held in Llwyn yr Eos Primary school . During the pilot Ceredigion Pyramid Scheme, 8 children from the school attended the 10 Pyramid Clubs. Volunteer Club Leaders came from the University of Wales Aberystwyth .