Ceredigion Youth Service celebrated Youth Work Week between 22 and 28 June, a week dedicated to celebrating Youth Work all across Wales.

Unfortunately, due to the current pandemic many of the celebrations during Youth Work Week were online. Awards were distributed throughout the week where Youth Workers recognised and valued young people’s achievements across the county. The following awards were distributed:

Commitment Award:

Ysgol Bro Teifi Fitness Club

Brandon Jones

Participation Award:

Broadie Gadsby

Personal Development:

Cian Taylor

Special Achievement:

Josh Johnson

Contribution Award:

Chelsea Jones

Zac Evans

Dedication Award:

Levi Evans

Commitment and Participation Award:

Ewan Evans

Other celebrations the service held during the week included events within each virtual youth clubs, daily blogs and videos posted on the service’s social media pages.

Ceredigion Youth Service’s Interim Youth Work Manager Gwenllian Evans said: “Although this year is a little different to how we usually would have celebrated Youth Work Week, we are eager to value the key purpose of Youth Work which is to recognise and praise young people’s achievements alongside providing them with various opportunities to enable young people develop holistically and help facilitate their personal, social and educational development’.

“Ceredigion Youth Service supports young people aged between 11 and 25 in a variety of informal and non-formal settings, through targeted and universal provisions. During this pandemic, Ceredigion Youth Service have adapted their provision to support young people through virtual activities, online support via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and are undertaking weekly phone calls”.

Councillor Catrin Miles, Cabinet member with responsibility for Schools, Lifelong Learning and Skills, Support and Intervention said: “It was great to see so many activities still being hosted by Ceredigion Youth Service to celebrate Youth Work Week in Ceredigion. Youth Work provides so many opportunities for young people transitioning into adulthood and can often be a lifeline for some youngsters. Therefore, it is very important that we acknowledge, value and celebrate the work of the Youth Service and Youth Work nationally.”

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 www.giceredigionys.co.uk or contact the team on youth@ceredigion.gov.uk.