Youth Work Week in Wales will take place between 23 and 30 June 2023. It is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the impact and diversity of Youth Work across Wales.
What is Youth Work?
The key purpose of youth work is to “enable young people to develop holistically, working with them to facilitate their personal, social and educational development, to enable them to develop their voice, influence and place in society and to reach their full potential” (Youth Work National Occupational Standards).
Gethin Jones, Corporate Manager of the Support and Prevention Service, which delivers Youth Work for Ceredigion County Council, said: “During the past year, we have continued to strengthen our support and activity offer for young people in Ceredigion. We have seen an increase in our participation and membership with our youth clubs, weekend and holiday activities, and we continue to support around 300 young people every week in our secondary schools and a further 70 young people over the age of 16 in our communities. We have also continued to support community and voluntary organisations with access to Youth Work training, whilst working collaboratively to provide more opportunities across the county. Youth Work Week is always really important for us to showcase the excellent work being delivered but also to celebrate the achievements and successes of young people.”
This year, Ceredigion has arranged a young people’s photography competition, a series of activities during break time at Ceredigion Secondary Schools including taster activities of the mobile provision ‘Y Fan’, several events at each of the youth centres engaging with the local community, including a 30 year anniversary celebration at Cardigan Youth Club.
Councillor Alun Williams, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Through Age Wellbeing, said: “I’m very pleased to support Youth Work Week again this year, highlighting the importance of supporting our young people and ensuring their voices are heard and their positivity and creativity is captured. Young people are so important for the social fabric of our communities and I look forward to seeing and hearing the various stories during Youth Work Week.”
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For a more comprehensive explanation of Youth Work, download the Principles and Purposes of Youth Work booklet.