CWVYS - About Us!
Who is the Council for Wales Voluntary Youth Sector
CWVYS is the independent representative body for the voluntary youth sector in Wales.
See downloadable documents below for a copy of the CWVYS leaflet
The stated object of CWVYS from the constitution
'To educate and help young persons to develop their physical, mental, cultural and spiritual capacities that they may grow to full maturity as individuals and members of society by facilitating mutual support and co-operation among voluntary youth organisations, the Youth Service and other related agencies in Wales.'
See related documents below for CWVYS Memorandum & Articles of Association
Membership of CWVYS comes from national and local voluntary youth organisations in Wales. Membership is open to all voluntary organisations that agree with the Council's aim and share its remit for youth work. 62 organisations are in membership at February 2012, 34 national organisations and 28 locally or regionally based community agencies. The members collectively work with over 250,000 young people age 11 - 25. For some there is an emphasis on 13 - 19 age range, although the diversity of the sector means that organisations cover a wider age range including children, and adults over 25 years.
Members at March 2013.
Structure and Governance
The CWVYS Council is composed of two representatives of each member organisation and an honorary chairman. Ten representatives of national organisations and ten local voluntary organisations plus honorary officers, elected annually, make up the Executive Committee, the governing body of CWVYS.
Executive Committee 2012-13
Rob Norris ( Chair)
Efa Gruffudd Jones (Vice Chair)
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Lynn Ayling (Hon. Treasurer)
Platform 51 Cymru
British Deaf Association
Urdd Gobaith Cymru
Nia LloydWales YFC
Phil Hubbard ( Co Opted Trustee)
Reserve Forces & Cadets Association, Wales
Duke of Edinburgh's Award
Community Based Organisations:
Cwmbran Centre for Young People
Talking Hands - Swansea & Neath Port Talbot
Carmarthen Youth Project Dr M'z
The Tanyard Youth Project Ltd
Ethnic Youth Support Team
CWVYS was set up originally in 1974 by the Standing Conference in Wales of Voluntary Youth Organisations, which was established in 1947. It was core funded by the Welsh Office and had its own offices and staff until 1992 when the Wales Youth Agency (WYA) was established.
CWVYS’s work programme was then undertaken by the WYA through a service level agreement. In 2001, after devolution, CWVYS embarked on a review of its strategic plans for the future, in response to the changing policy environment in Wales.
After negotiations with the then Youth Policy Team of the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG), it was decided to core fund CWVYS to employ a Chief Executive making it more independent, whilst still relying on the WYA for office space and administration.
With the closure of the WYA at the end of 2005, CWVYS is now totally independent once more with its own office and administration staff in Cardiff Bay.
Since disaggregation from the WYA, CWVYS has become more autonomous with a separate, more defined identity, which better enables the Youth Work field to see who it is and what it does. Although it receives funding from the Welsh Government (WG) and agrees an operational plan for that funding, it is independent from the WG, and is seen as the independent voice of the sector on government issues of youth work policy.
Staff of CWVYS
Chief Executive Officer Paul Glaze
Operations Manager Julie Skelton
Mount Stuart Square
Phone 02920 473498
Fax 02920 451245
Registered Charity Number : 1110702
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CWVYS receives a core grant from the Welsh Government. Other funding includes from membership fees, grants via WCVA for supporting CWVYS as the Youth Network in the Voluntary Sector scheme and specific grants for identifies projects from charitable trusts