You may recall, mid-way through our tumultous summer, there was a Youth Work Excellence Awards night that took place up in Llandudno on the 24th of June, to mark the beginning of this year’s Youth Work Week.
In case you missed it, CWVYS members Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales outdid themselves at this year’s Youth Work Excellence Awards, shared from their brilliant newsletter:
We are delighted that our “Not The Usual Suspects” project won an award for the “Outstanding Rights Youth Work project” at this year’s Youth Work Excellence Awards! The awards took place on Friday, 24 June at Venue Cymru in Llandudno as part of this year’s Youth Work Week and we attended the event with a group of staff members and young people who participated in the project. Additionally, we are pleased that our staff member, Jonathan Price “Paz”, received an award as the “Youth Worker of the Year” and Jonathan Evans, who is volunteering in our member club, Ton & Gelli Community Centre, an award for his “Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work”. We would like to congratulate Paz, Jonathan and everyone who made our “Not The Usual Suspects” project possible for this amazing achievement and thank Welsh Government for organising this great event!
In the ensuing CWVYS newsletter noted:
How ironic that on that day of all days (24th of June and the results day of the European referendum) at the Welsh Youth Work Excellence Awards that CWVYS members Boys and Girls Clubs of Wales were celebrated for their Erasmus + (EU!) funded project “Not The Usual Suspects” which succeeded in connecting young Welsh people with the different levels of the political establishment… Llongyfarchiadau I chi !
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It was a humbling night and a pride-filled one, certainly from the point of view of this CWVYS administrator!
Media Academy Cardiff (MAC), YMCA Swansea and Cwmbran Centre for Young People (CCYP) all took away awards and Youth Cymru were shortlisted for their fantastic work establishing and supporting the Trans*Form group (I was lucky enough to share a table with them and it was a great laugh!), they all showed the Welsh Government how much bang the Voluntary Youth Work Sector in Wales get for their bucks!
YMCA Swansea have had a great time of it recently, with volunteers at their centre winning awards at the Black History Month Wales Youth Awards at the Senedd last month, and just last Friday (november 4th) amazing Youth Worker Carlie Torlop won Young Worker of The Year at the Youth Matters Awards!
Black History Month Wales Youth Awards
I mentioned breifly above the Black History Month Wales Youth Awards that took place at the beginning of Black History month (October), it was the first year of the youth awards and we were thrilled to be invited to have a stall in the Senedd to spectate the afternoon’s delights. Race Council Cymru did an amazing job of celebtrating Black History Month in Wales with style! We’re really luck to count them as CWVYS members! Personal thanks go to CEO Uzo Iwobi for her tireless work, passion, and enthusiasm!
It was a lovely occasion, with people as diverse as Mark Drakeford AM praising the long history of vibrant diverse communities in Wales, children from Ysgol Rhyd-Y-Penau performing their moving song “Through the eyes of a refugee” and an uplifitng finish by a very talented student from Cefn Saeson school singing her original song “It’s a Good Day”, indeed it was!
If you want to take another look at some of our past nesletters for a catch up, they’re here