I hope everyone is well this week and recovering from what was a very busy and full Youth Work Week 2017!
Youth Cymru were instrumental in organising the event a week ago at the Senedd, taking care of logistics before and on the day but also looking after the Youth Work Wales social media accounts. So we owe them a big thank you for helping to make the day as smooth as it was and a thanks to all those in attendance as stall holders and attendees alike!
We had a stall packed with literature and goodies and there was a lot of interest in our EurodeskUK information. Remember, if you’d like to know more about how we can help you and the young people you work with make the most of opportunities to work, volunteer, train or study abroad, please get in touch with Helen Jones (dressed in the red and black, she doesn’t bite, honest!) via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Estimates of the reach and turn-out were approx 44 workers and 20 young people representing 20+ organisations at the event itself as well as intermittent traffic from members of the public, it was a great opportunity to promote the diversity of Youth Work provision in Wales and for professionals to network. Also in attendance were 9 ‘VIP’s including Assembly Members and the Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, who signed an MOU with CWVYS!
In addition to the physical activities of the week itself, there was a big buzz on social media which saw Youth Work Week trending at one point with the hashtags #LoveYouthWork and #CaruGwaithIeuenctid. The @YWWales twitter account now has 916 followers. The Thunderclap saw 121 supporters and reached nearly 180,000 people, so well done all of you in the CWVYS network for taking part in that and helping to not only celebrate but raise the profile of Youth Work in Wales!
It’s not too late to follow the online presence and share what you do not just for youth work week but for the entire year, the hashtags were created this year to not include the date, so that they can be used to tag anything youth work related all year round, so that it’s easier for you to follow and share what’s going on. Finally, thank you all for the work you do for and with the young people of Wales, every week.
In addition to the support of AMs on the day, chair of the Children, Young People and Education Committee, Lynne Neagle AM, raised a written statement of opinion:
Youth Work Week 2017
1. Notes that Youth Work Week is 23 – 30 June 2017.
2. Celebrates the achievements and dedication of youth workers in Wales and the impact of their work with young people.
3. Congratulates the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS) on its 70th birthday and recognises its huge contribution to the voluntary youth service in Wales.
4. Calls on the Welsh Government to continue to support youth work and ensure that young people in Wales are able to access well-resourced youth services in order to support them to reach their full potential.
Thank you very much Lynne!!