Ceredigion Youth Service brought home a number of awards from this year’s National Youth Excellence Awards. The awards took place on Friday, 28 June in Deganwy, North Wales. Youth Workers from across Wales gathered to celebrate excellent practice in youth work over the last year, as well as to celebrate 25 years of the Youth Excellence Awards.

The Welsh Government’s Youth Work Excellence Awards recognise the value of youth work and youth services from across Wales. The Welsh Government has celebrated excellence in youth work since 1993 and the awards are now in their 25th year. Welsh Government said, “Celebrating Youth Work continues to be a priority, as we know that Youth Work continues to be an important part of many young people’s lives”.

The awards evening was opened by Keith Towler, Chair of the Youth Work Interim Board and included speeches from the First Minister for Wales, Rt Hon Mark Drakeford AM. Ceredigion Youth Service were presented with both the Silver and Gold Quality Mark Awards for Youth Work in Wales at the event, and also received a number of special awards.

Ceredigion Youth Service won the award for their ‘Prosiect 2050’ under the category; Promoting Heritage & Cultures in Wales and Beyond. Their Cooking Club at Ysgol Henry Richard was successful in winning the award for the category; Promoting Health, Well-being & Active Lifestyles and Thomas Evans from Aberaeron Youth Club won the awards under the Outstanding Volunteer in a Youth Work setting category.

The Inspire Program reached the final in the category; Promoting Engagement with Formal Education, Employment and Training and Lowri Evans, was a finalist in the Making a Difference award category.

Elen James, Corporate Lead Officer with responsibility for Ceredigion Youth Service said, “It comes as no surprise to me that Ceredigion Youth Service brought home a huge number of awards, the most from across Wales! Receiving both the Silver and Gold National Quality Mark Awards, and so many special awards at this year’s Youth Excellence Awards is a tremendous achievement. The awards evening which celebrated outstanding youth work from across the country was a fantastic opportunity for the Youth Service to receive recognition for their work with young people in Ceredigion.”

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