Ceredigion Young Volunteers is a program led by Ceredigion Youth Service, which offers support and opportunities for young people wishing to volunteer and gain experience within Youth Work settings. Two young volunteers have received millennium volunteers recognition.

Thomas Evans and Ashlie Day have recently achieved both their 50 and 100 hour millennium volunteers awards. Both have been active members of Aberaeron Youth Club, and have decided to progress and become young volunteers to support with the planning, delivery and evaluation of various workshops and projects within the Club.

Ashlie Day, Young Volunteer at Aberaeron Youth Club, said “I love volunteering at Aberaeron Youth Club. It gives me a real sense of empowerment and accomplishment. I began attending the club as a young person and over the last year or so, Tom and I decided to take on some additional responsibilities and become young volunteers. I enjoy planning and delivering my own activities for younger members, including cookery and arts and crafts. Volunteering at my local Youth Club has provided me with opportunities to gain experience, learn new skills and develop my confidence.”

The Ceredigion Young Volunteers program enables young people aged 16-25 to actively participate in leading, planning and supporting topical sessions, workshops and the general running of youth clubs. To date, 11 young people have achieved their 50 hour awards, 6 have achieved their 100 hour awards and 2 have achieved their 200 hour awards with Ceredigion Youth Service.

Ceredigion Youth Service Principal Youth Officer, Gethin Jones said, “It is great to see young people so eager to actively lead and participate in various provision across the County. Thomas and Ashlie are both valued members of the Club and we’re very fortunate that they are prepared to give up their time to support younger members of the Club. Over the years, Thomas and Ashlie have shown commitment, initiative and leadership skills. We look forward to supporting them to reach their 200 hours mark!”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet Member with responsibility for Learning Services, said: “Volunteering gives so much to the children, the clubs and the community and we appreciate the time and commitment young people such as Thomas ac Ashlie give to help others. Of course, it provides invaluable experience for those who volunteer, by learning and developing a variety of valuable skills in an informal, fun situation.”

Ceredigion Youth Service is the designated Service for young people aged 11-25 in Ceredigion, dedicated to supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development through specialised support and open access provision. Provision includes School Based Youth Work, Outreach Youth Work and Youth Clubs.

For more information or to find out what opportunities are available to you, head over to their Facebook and Twitter pages at @GICeredigionYS or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.

Image: Thomas Evans and Ashlie Day with their Millennium Volunteers Award Certificates