Who we are

Youth Cymru is a national voluntary organisation with over eighty years’ experience supporting young people and youth workers in Wales. We are a membership organisation, working through a network of local and regional organisations that work with young people.

Our Purpose

We work collaboratively with our members and other youth facing organisation to provide unique, innovative and life-changing opportunities, projects and programmes, bettering the lives of young people in Wales.

Our Vision

Young people in Wales are confident and strong, empowered to fulfil their potential and to contribute to building the Wales we want.

Who are we for?

We are for all young people in Wales, and for all those organisations, volunteers and professional staff, who support them.

Our Values

We believe that young people are citizens and rights holders. All our work is underpinned by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, in line with the Rights of Children and Young Person’s Measure (Wales) 2011.

We believe that youth work changes lives.

We are committed to equality and inclusion; we challenge prejudice and discrimination.

We believe that youth work has a vital role to play in building the Wales we want. We shape our work to contribute to the seven Well-being Goals set out in the Well-being of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015.

How we do it

We work through a network of local and regional organisations that support young people throughout Wales. These are primarily statutory and voluntary youth work organisations, but include other organisations supporting young people, such as training providers, youth offending services and alternative curriculum provisions. Many of our member organisations are based in Wales’ poorest communities as defined by the Wales Index of Multiple Deprivation.

We work in partnership with our members and with others supporting young people in Wales. We work through the British– Irish Strategic Youth Partnership with our partners Youth Scotland, Youth Work Ireland, Youth Action Northern Ireland and UK Youth to improve the lives of young people across Britain and Ireland, and learn from youth work experiences across Europe through our membership of the European Confederation of Youth Clubs. Our work is shaped by what young people tell us about what they want and need.

Agored Cymru and Youth Cymru were very supportive and helpful!

Youth WorkerChallenge Wales

Thank you for coming in to do the workshop, it was really nice to talk about political issues in such a good environment which raised my confidence!

Young PersonVoices of the Future

Our Strategic Plan