The Big Music Project hub training day in Wales

Young people from all over Wales attended a training event in Cardiff to become Champions for £4million Big Lottery Funded music project  On Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd March 2014, Youth Cymru invited 85 young people from 8 areas of Wales who joined together to kick start The Big Music Project.

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During the event, the young Champions completed training in Project Planning, marketing using social media and peer education plus a question and answer panel supported by singer and songwriter Amy Wadge.

The project will see millions of young people from across the UK finding new directions to their futures through their love of music.   In Wales 8 Hubs have been specially selected as a Hub for The Big Music Project, with 10 of their members being named “Champions” and taking on a special challenge to make a positive change in the community through a hands-on music project. so what’s it all about click image below to find out more?

  The workshops enthused the Champions to kick start they projects.

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Launching our website

Youth Cymru launched their website at an event organised by CWVYS at the Senedd, Cardiff. Here are some AMs showing their support.

Russell George AM

Russell George AM

Ken Skates AM

Ken Skates AM

Peter Black AM

Peter Black AM

Aled Roberts AM

Aled Roberts AM

Lindsay Whittle AM

Lindsay Whittle AM

Jeff Cuthbert AM

Jeff Cuthbert AM

Starbucks Youth Action 2014

This week Youth Cymru attended the Parliamentary Launch of the Starbucks Youth Action programme. Now in its fourth year, the SYA programme gives young people aged 16-24 the chance to receive funding and training to turn their ideas for a social action project into a reality.

The launch was attended by MPs, representatives from Starbucks and young Ambassadors of the programme, who shared their experiences of receiving funding and making a positive change in their communities.

The deadline for applications is Monday 17th March at 9am. You can apply online here.

For more information, please contact rachel@youthcymru.org.uk

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Major music project under way!

The O2 arena’s British Music Experience event space was the setting for the launch of The Big Music Project, an ambitious consortium connecting with young people through their love of music.  including 16 young people from Youth Cymru.

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 The Big Music Project* will set up 100 music hubs in disadvantaged communities across the UK to:

  • build and accredit peer education skills amongst young people;
  • offer young people personal and career development opportunities within the music industry;
  • create music-based learning opportunities and events in the wider community.

 

Youth presence

150 young people took part in the Project’s official launch on February 17. The day included the chance to quiz industry professionals in a Q&A session, as well as an exclusive ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the preparations for the 2014 BRIT Awards, just two days before the big night.

 

The young attendees also had a tour of the interactive British Music Experience at the O2, where members of the British Music Experience’s education team ran workshops on the range of job opportunities available in the music industry.

 

Key messages

Representatives of the key partners expressed their ambitions for the project and the thinking behind it:

  • Peter Ainsworth, Chair of the Big Lottery Fund, said: “The Big Music Project is one of a number of initiatives we are backing that aim to empower young people to shape their own futures and to play an active role in their communities.”
  • Chief Executive of the BPI and The BRIT Awards, Geoff Taylor, said: “We’ll give talented young musicians the chance to compete and perform in front of industry stars and decision-makers. And we’ll offer internships in record companies, provide work experience and signpost young people towards training opportunities, so that they may one day find themselves working in one of the many exciting roles in the business.”
  • Stephen Miron, Group CEO, Global summed up: “We passionately believe that music can be a catalyst for change…by providing access to Capital FM, the UK’s No1 hit music station, we are well placed to inspire young people to fulfil their potential through our shared love of music.”
  • UK Youth’s Interim CEO, Dominic Cotton, adds: “Music is the perfect medium to engage young people. This project will reach and inspire thousands and create tangible opportunities for many.”

 

Grassroots training

UK Youth’s focus will now be on recruiting and supporting 1000 young project champions. These champions will set up their own local music projects, working as peer educators, with the aim of reaching a further 10,000 young people. Champions will receive a project planning toolkit developed with the BRIT School to help them plan and deliver their projects which could be anything from running open mic nights to hosting a festival! This will be a unique experience for young people to develop employability skills and gain valuable work experience.

 

*The Big Music Project consortium brings together Global Radio, the BPI – with its BRITs brand – and the grassroots networks of UK Youth, including Youth Scotland, Youth Cymru, Youth Action Northern Ireland, Rathbone and Myplace. The Project is supported by the BIG Lottery Fund.

Click here for The Big Music Project website.

Twitter: @BigMusicUK

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Mentor and Coaching Training

This evening Mentoring and Coaching training with CAVC – PGCE students was as always interesting and thought provoking. We focused  on change and change theories –as they relate to the mentoring and coaching relationship. We explored how a mentor or coach can best support a learner to negotiate the challenges they face when learning (change is inherent in a learning experience) Our exploration of change theories, I think really shows how important it is for mentors and coaches to engage with their mentee/coachee in response and with  respect to that individual’s own agenda and needs,  not as we are often tempted to do,  working from our own point of view and beliefs about what is in the best interest of the mentee we are working with.  Exploring the different needs of a mentee in the light of change theories such as those devised by Kubler-Ross  and Prochaska and DiClemente,  highlights how skilful an effective mentor/coach is.  Knowing when and how to offer appropriate support is key to a mentor’s ability to support their mentee. Our exploration of the different support needs of a mentee in relation to their own individual cycle of change led us to consider the skills needed by a mentee – a discussion and learning topic we will pick up next week when we look at  “Moral Virtues” and their connection with ethical mentoring practice?! To find out more about Youth Cymru’s Mentoring and Coaching Training visit http://youthcymru.org.uk/courses/

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Midnight Skate

Event: Midnight Skate

Date: Usually the first weekend in December, notification will be sent to our members.

Time: 23:00 until 02:00

Venue: Planet Ice, Cardiff

Cost: £5 per person, free tickets available (see booking form)

Bookings: Please return a booking form

Conditions: Young people aged 11 to 25 from, and accompanied by, member organisations only.

These events are only open to clubs, groups or organisations affiliated to Youth Cymru. If you wish to find out more about affiliating to Youth Cymru please click here, alternatively you can Contact Us.