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The Welsh Association of Youth Clubs was one of the major voluntary youth organisations in Wales.
Commencing as a girls’ club, organisation, it owes is existence to the initiative of voluntary leaders who formed a number of independent local federations with the object of seeking mutual support.
The Ocean National Colliery Company played a leading role in forming boys’ clubs and girls’ clubs in the Rhondda, Garw and Monmouthshire Valleys, collectively comprising the Ocean National Federation. But elsewhere too, particularly in the “non-special areas,” it was the clubs themselves which formed their own federations with a view to seeking co-operation, discussing common problems, exchanging ideas, arranging, inter-clubs visits and providing services to their mutual advantage.
Two years after the formation of the Cardiff Federation, a meeting was convened by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs. This was held on the 25th of January 1936, at 33 Park Place, Cardiff, mainly as the result of a grant received from the Jubilee Trust by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs for work in the ‘special areas’. Representatives of federations and settlements were invited to attend this important meeting to consider the formation of a South Wales Association of Girls’ Clubs.
In addition to representatives from the federations, a number of other girls’ organisations were present at this historic meeting, but the records do not indicate whether they attended in order to secure membership, or merely to support.
Cardiff & District
South Wales Coalfields
Other Youth Organisations
The Girls’ Friendly Society
Urdd Gobaith Cymru’
South Wales Council of Boys’ Clubs
South Wales Council of Social Services
1934-Cardiff Federation Formed
1936-South Wales Council Formed
1942-North Wales Council Formed
1943-Welsh Divisional Committee Formed
1954-Re-Organisation in South Wales
1964-Merger of the three constituent bodies
1970-1976-Many more statutory youth clubs sought membership.
Miss Warren, the Organising Secretary, of the National Secretary of the National Council of Girls’ Clubs addressed the meeting. She stated that the Council of Girls’ Clubs in South Wales would provide an essential link between the federations and the National Council and make it possible for combined schemes to be offered, such as holidays, camps and training courses. Additionally, services could be provided for scattered clubs in areas where no federations, as well as the provision of opportunities for women in South Wales to undertake leadership training offered by the National Council.
The birth of this new organisation was not an easy one, and the Celtic trait of being concerned for local identity emerged, when the representative of the Pontypool Settlement stated that she was not in favour of forming a South Wales body, as her organisation, was perfectly capable of co-ordinating the work of local cubs.
In reply, the chairman pointed out that an Association would provide clubs with more scope for development, and prevent settlements from adopting a small minded attitude!
Originally, the major source of income was a proportion of the annual grant received by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs from the Jubilee Trust for work in the ‘special areas’ to be replaced later by a similar arrangement for the disposal of HQ grant received from the Ministry of Education. This initial financial support, apart from a small sum retained for administration, which was passed on to individual girls’ clubs.
In 1954, Mr Edward (‘Ted’) Higgins, brought a new dimension to club work in the form of a ‘Summer School’ which he organised for club members and their families. For the next eighteen years, the Harlech Summer School became the focal point for all activities.
A feature of The Harlech Summer Schools in 1958 and 1959 was the production of what quickly became known as “The Chronicles”.
Composed daily in Biblical language by Islwyn Jones and Owen Picton, their production was eagerly anticipated, as were the evening “readings” in the great hall.
Junior Summer School
In 1972, it was noticed with some concern, that an increasing number of young people under fourteen years of age were now attending affiliated clubs, and in an endeavour to provide for this age group, the first Junior Summer School was planned and directed by Mr. Peter John, West Wales Regional Officer at Coleg Trefeca, Breconshire, when forty junior members thoroughly enjoyed a week’s programme of arts and crafts, music, drama and pony trekking.
In 1973, the second summer school was held at the same venue. The high sprits and the infectious enthusiasm of the youngsters was not only shared during this memorable week, but taken back to their own clubs, and it was noticeable that the clubs involved reflected this influence in their programme of activities.
Bookings are now OPEN for stalls at Youth Cymru Festival – Kaya Festival 2017.
We are very excited to announce we are back in 2017 bigger and better than before. We have taken on board a lot of feedback and so we move home this year to Bridgend College, Pencoed Campus on August 4 / 5 / 6 2017!!!
The Kaya Festival brings a fresh twist to the traditional music festival.
Born in Wales, home to the world! Kaya Festival has an ethos of diverse, fun and family friendly, providing a spectacular array of music, arts and entertainment from across the globe! From toddlers to adults, this truly is the perfect festival for all ages, with something for everyone.
Youth Cymru Kaya Youth Zone – Kaya Introducing Stage, provides a platform for young musicians to perform and showcase their work! We are looking for organisations/charities to come along be apart of the Youth Zone at Kaya 2017!!
If your interested in joining us, and would like more information, please email email@example.com
Job Description – Big Music Project Communications, Marketing and Participation Intern
Youth Cymru is recruiting for a Big Music Project Intern to join our team in Treforest Trading Estate, Pontypridd.
The Big Music Project Intern will provide support for the Big Music Project by liaising with hubs, organising Champion development days, providing training for the Youth Achievement Awards, communicating effectively with other national partners, and ensuring all partners are supported to meet their project targets.
The intern will promote the Big Music Project and Youth Cymru’s work Nationally using online media and marketing materials. The intern will also support hubs to promote their work to local newspapers and radio stations, in addition to publicising the project on national level.
Finally, the Intern will support how young people are involved in the development of the Big Music Project, and in the participation structure of Youth Cymru overall through Llais Ifanc – Youth Cymru’s Young Leadership Panel.
Post: Big Music Project Policy, Communications, and Participation Intern (must be under 25yrs)
Responsible to: Development Manager and Project Support Officer
Based: Treforest Trading Estate, Rhondda Cynon Taf
Hours: Full time – 35 hours per week
Key contacts: Youth Cymru staff, Big Music Project national partners, Big Music Hub Workers, Local and National Press, Assembly Members, Welsh Government officials.
To provide high-quality, day-to-day support on the Big Music Project to both Youth Cymru staff, national partners, and Hub Workers.
To help plan and co-ordinate Big Music Champion Development Days, Celebration events, and Youth Achievement award training.
To communicate the Big Music Project using online and social media, to key decision makers and influencers, and to publicise the work of the Big Music Project to local and national press.
To develop the participation structure of Youth Cymru and ensure Big Music Project participants have the opportunity the shape the development of the Project.
- Office tasks: answering the phone, taking messages, welcoming visitors, responding to emails.
- Administration for events: booking venues, managing invitations, reception duties at events
- Contributing to weekly e-bulletins
- Supporting all projects run within Youth Cymru
- Project co-ordination including distribution of project materials, liaising with project partners and with Youth Cymru members
- Attending meetings with external organisations
- Writing up evaluations and reports on projects and events attended by Youth Cymru
Big Music Project
- Support the delivery of the Youth Achievement Award to members
- Provide ongoing day-to-day support for the Big Music Project to Youth Cymru staff, Hub workers, and national partners
- Support the planning and co-ordination of the champion development days
Website development and Communications
- Support and develop Youth Cymru’s Website and marketing all projects
- Communicating Projects to key decision makers and influencers in the National Assembly for Wales and Welsh Government
- Supporting Big Music Hubs to communicate their work to local decision makers, influencers, and press.
- Promoting the work of the Big Music Project on social media platforms.
- Effective internal project communications between Youth Cymru, national partners, and Hubs.
- Developing Youth Cymru’s participation strategy to ensure Big Music Project participants and Champions can meaningfully shape the development of the project
- Working with Llais Ifanc to develop a national participation structure, with representation from all areas of Wales and all of Youth Cymru’s projects.
Closing date – 12pm on 28th April 2017
Please send a CV firstname.lastname@example.org
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