Calling Wales’ Young People Who Want to Improve Their Community’s Money Skills

Young people who want to take on the challenge of helping their communities learn how to manage money better are encouraged to apply for a grant to put their ideas into action as part of a UK-wide competition.

Up to 80 “Money for Life Challenge” grants worth £500 each are up for grabs in Wales for groups of young people between 16 and 24 years old who are in a further education, training or a community organisation.

The grants are to help groups of young people identify a money management issue in their local community and come up with a plan to address it. Along the way, they will improve their own money skills with the help of ‘Teach Me’, an online course, and then go on to use their skills to help their friends, families and local community.

The Challenge is part of Lloyds Banking Group’s award-winning personal money management programme and runs across the whole of the UK, with ColegauCymru / CollegesWales coordinating the programme in Wales.

The Challenge is now in its fourth year and has grown each year, with Wales really getting to grips with the Challenge and attracting proportionately more grants than the other UK nations. From an initial 40 grants that were available in 2011 in Wales, the Challenge is set to double this year, with 80 grants up for grabs.

The Money for Life Challenge is having a big impact on young people and their communities, with legacy grants available to winning teams across the UK to further develop their projects for lasting impact. Key to success in the Challenge will be coming up with new and creative ideas that are based on the experiences of team members, and which address the money management needs of their community.

Helping the Challenge reach new audiences, Youth Cymru will be partnering ColegauCymru this year.

Chief Executive of Youth Cymru, Helen Mary Jones, said: “Given a little helping hand, young people demonstrate to us time and time again that they have the enthusiasm, ideas and capacity to take on community-wide issues and the Challenge is a great opportunity to help them prove their worth.

“Youth Cymru works with youth clubs across the whole of Wales and we are very much looking forward to working with ColegauCymru to open the Money for Life Challenge to new audiences.”

Project Manager for Wales, ColegauCymru’s Rachel Dodge, said: “Over the last three years, the Money for Life Challenge has seen a great variety of ideas and new approaches to communities’ money management needs.  This year, with the involvement of Youth Cymru, we are hoping to reach out to new audiences in the youth sector whilst continuing to work with groups from housing associations, Communities First, further education and work-based training settings.

“With a little money and empowerment, young people are showing the way, and I hope that the Challenge will again this year help bring about lasting change in the money management skills of communities around Wales.”

All applications for Money for Life Challenge grants must be made by 21 November 2014. The teams who are successful in being awarded a grant will then develop their ideas and put them into practice in their communities by 6 March 2015, with the best projects being selected to attend the Wales Final on 28 April 2015. The winners of the Wales Final will represent Wales at the UK Grand Final on 28 May 2015. More information is available on


Contact: Sylvia Davies on 029 2052 8384 or 07968 771913.
Notes to editors:

1. ColegauCymru / CollegesWales is a national educational charity that represents all 15 further education (FE) colleges and institutions in Wales. Its mission is to raise the profile of further education with key decision-makers to improve opportunities for learners in Wales. For further information about ColegauCymru / CollegesWales, and the colleges it represents, visit or

2. Youth Cymru is a charity that works with youth groups, youth workers and young people throughout the whole of Wales. It works with youth clubs, service providers, charities, individuals and many companies in the corporate sector to help provide services and amenities for young people in Wales. More information is available at

3. Money for Life is Lloyds Banking Group’s award-winning personal money management programme, targeted at young people and adults in further education, training and community organisations. Lloyds has invested £8 million in the programme from 2010 to 2014.

The Money for Life Qualifications provide accredited, fully-funded training to enable community support workers across the UK to embed personal money management skills at a local level.
The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition that provides £500 grants to empower teams of 16-24 year olds to run a money management in their area.

Money for Life was awarded a Big Tick and was shortlisted in Business in the Community’s Building Stronger Communities Award 2014

Trans*Form Creative Workshop

We are delighted to be working with Mess Up the Mess on this event for trans* young people as part of their “Dream On!” project.

We’re holding a creative workshop on Saturday 6th September, 12:30-5pm, at Carnegie House, Bridgend.

Please complete the participant form to reserve your place!

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Social Action and Volunteering questionaire

Youth Cymru are currently looking at social action and volunteering for young people in Wales, please can you complete the questionnaire below, if you would like to share your experiences in setting up volunteering or identifying social action within your community.



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Opportunity for Trans* Young People

Are you aged 11-25? Do you identify somewhere on the trans* spectrum?

Youth Cymru are working with the Sherman Theatre in Cardiff on an exciting project and we’d like you to be involved!

On Thursday 24th and Friday 25th July, we’ll be running a creative writing workshop to produce a piece of creative artwork to showcase at Pride Cymru and at an event for Transgender Day of Remembrance in November 2014. The event will include a workshop run by Norena Shopland (Pride Cymru and LGBT historian) on trans* voices through history.

The event is free to attend and is open to anyone aged 11-25 living in Wales who identities somewhere on the trans* spectrum. Spaces are limited, so please get in touch to confirm yours!

When: Thursday 24th – Friday 25th July, 10:30 – 4pm.

Where: Sherman Theatre, Senghennydd Road, Cardiff

Meals will be provided and we can cover travel and accommodation costs.

To confirm your place, please complete the consent form:

For further information, please contact / 07528814373


The Big Music Project Hubs

Hubs stretch across the whole of Wales and are set up by

Young promoters Network,The 3GS, Vale of Glamorgan youth Service, Media Academy Cardiff, Tanyard Youth Project Ltd, Tape Community Music and Film, Play Radnor, Andrew Kent Academy and Ty Cerdd.

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Free Training!!

Do you work with young people?
Looking for Free Safeguarding Training for Your Team?
Youth Cymru in partnership with the YMCA College are able to offer your organisation Level 2 Accredited Training in:
Safeguarding Young People in a Youth Work ContextIf your interested in this free course and have a minimum of 12 people who could attend the Youth Cymru Training venue then please  email: and you will contact to arrange and discuss a suitable date for your training. 


Register your Organisation with Youth Cymru and become a member for  FREE
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Youth Cymru has an extensive Training Portfolio – to browse our courses click: 
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Trans*Form Cymru Steering Group

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Are you aged 11-25? Do you identify somewhere on the trans* spectrum or are gender questioning?

Would you like the opportunity to lead an exciting project promoting the rights of trans* young people in Wales?

Youth Cymru is a charity supporting young people across Wales. We have received funding from the Welsh Government for Trans*Form Cymru, a three year project aiming to improve understanding of trans* and non-binary gender identities among professionals who work with young people across Wales.

We will be forming a Steering Group of young people who relate to being trans* to lead the project with Youth Cymru.


As part of the Steering Group, you’ll have the opportunity to develop new skills, attend local and national events, take part in training and shape a project which will improve the lives of trans* young people across Wales.

  • Develop and deliver training to improve awareness of gender identity among young people and professionals who work with them.
  • Create a Charter of good practice to ensure that organisations are supporting young people whatever their gender identity
  • Have your voice heard at United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child event in July 2014. The UNCRC protects and promotes the rights of children and young people and you’ll inform a United Nations report on trans* young people’s rights in Wales.

..and much more!

If you would like to be part of the Steering Group or to find out more, please contact Rachel at

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

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Ken Skates AM

Ken Skates AM

Peter Black AM

Peter Black AM

Aled Roberts AM

Aled Roberts AM

Lindsay Whittle AM

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Jeff Cuthbert AM

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