Ceredigion Youth Service were awarded the National Participation Standards Kite Mark on 22 June 2020 for their work involving the participation of young people.

Administered by Children in Wales and endorsed by Welsh Government, the Kite mark is awarded to services who have demonstrated that they are achieving against all seven National Participation Standards.

Participation is about enabling children and young people to have a say in decisions that affect them in their daily lives. This is underpinned by Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). In achieving the kite mark, Ceredigion Youth service are demonstrating a high level of process, quality and experience of all work involving the participation of young people.

Ceredigion Youth Service’s Interim Youth Work Manager Gwion Bowen said, “We are proud as a service to achieve the Kite mark for participation, as this highlights our commitment to listening and responding to the views of young people. Our ethos as a service is to support young people to reach their full potential and we have always recognised and taken into account Article 12 of the UNCRC through our service delivery.

Our initiatives such as the Ceredigion County Council Youth Council, ‘Rhaglen Dewis Panel’, ‘Inspire Project’, Open Access Provision and Holiday Activity Programmes provide platforms for young people in Ceredigion to participate. Therefore, achieving the National Participation Standards Kite mark for all the hard work is a very positive outcome for the service.”

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention said, “Huge congratulations to Ceredigion Youth Service on receiving the Kite Mark for their sterling work with children and young people in Ceredigion. The range of activities offered to our county’s youth is rich and varied and has been effectively and imaginatively adapted and delivered during the Lockdown period that has resulted from Covid-19.

It’s so wonderful that the hard work and success achieved by all members of the Youth Service is acknowledged on a national level. We are so proud of them all and take great satisfaction in this Award”.

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