Welsh Government Proposed registration of Youth Workers

Youth Cymru are seeking the views of our affiliated members on the proposal regarding the registration of youth workers in Wales. Individuals or organisations wishing to respond to the consultation can do so either directly to the Welsh Govenment by following the link below, or using this form. Youth Cymru will then feed back all responses to the Welsh Government on behalf of our affiliated members.


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Special guest at The Big Music Project Live

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We are more than pleased to announce that Tobias Robertson (artist in “The Voice UK”) will take part in The Big Music Project Live in Cardiff. Tobias will be part of the workshop with Big Ideas Wales.

If you want to check more information about our special guest Tobias Robertson Click here!

Come on down to Wales Millennium Centre tomorrow, on 27th of Feb!

Do not forget to get your free tickets or book your free place for workshops  Booking here!

The Introduction to The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act.

16th March at Youth Cymru
Cost: £45.00 per participant
The Act comes into force from April 2016. It is the new legal framework that brings together and modernises social services law in Wales. It will change the social services sector and will impact on the voluntary sector who work with them. This training will help raise awareness of the background to the Act and its different parts and features and provide an overview allowing participants to  appreciate its different parts and features with a few to identifying further specific training needs.
Please book your space here

Create a track for Dan TDM competition

Just so you know, at long last, the Dan TDM competition is now live.

  • Dan TDM is hosting a competiton to record a track to his hugely successful vlog (over 9 mil subscribers)
  • Entrants can submit their entries to Soundcloud under the campaign hashtag #DanTDMComp
  • Entries will be judged and the winner will get to record the track at Capital


#DanTDMComp @BigMusicUK

deadline: 21st February

You can view the track submitted so far here: https://soundcloud.com/search?q=%23DanTDMComp


The Big Music Project!

Volunteering and performing opportunity for young people!
Help make their CV’s explode with amazing experience!

Youth Cymru would like to invite you to The Big Music Project, offering young people an amazing volunteering and performing opportunity.

The Big Music Project is funded by the Big Lottery and is in its second year. In 2014/15 The Big Music Project was a huge success across the UK with thousands of young people taking part and the biggest names in the music industry, with the likes on Plan B, Ellie Goulding, Union J and Chase & Status.

The aim of the project is to help young people “get their foot in the door” of the music industry. The most important part of this project is that you don’t need to be able to sing/ play an instrument or even dance; all you need is passion and determination to reach your goal. The Big Music Project gives young people advice on everything, from hair and make up to stage lighting to becoming a band manger. Maybe we will find a Welsh Louis Walsh?

We would like to invite young people from all over Wales to attend the event FREE, on Saturday 27th February 2016 at the Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff Bay. They will have the chance to talk to people already in the music industry, take part in workshops around planning festivals, learning to DJ and recording your own sound. There will be performances from young people across Wales on the community stage and young people will have the opportunity to ask questions to specialist from Global, BPI and other big industry names during the Q&A sessions.

In addition, we have many volunteering and performing opportunities throughout the day. We are looking for volunteers to film, blog, report and photograph the day plus youth work experience available. They will receive 2 hours training from specialists such as Cardiff Radio before the event. Also, if any young people and interested in performing on the day then we can also accommodate this. Please contact Youth Cymru on 01443 827840 or email Lizzy@youthcymru.org.uk for more information and application forms or Click here to apply

This is a fantastic opportunity for young people to enhance their CV’s and to give them a glimpse of how they could achieve their dreams in the music industry.

Last year over 1000 young people came to the event and it was a massive success. Please forward this email onto teachers and young people at your school/college for this fantastic career advice opportunity.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Grow Wild Funding

not long left to apply!!


Youth Cymru have partnered with Grow Wild to provide funding for young people aged 12-25. 

Are you aged between 12 – 25 years?  Have you got a brilliant idea to communicate the importance of native wild flowers and wild spaces in a creative way? Or do you want to work with others to help transform a local space with native plants and wild flowers?

Get Creative: We are looking for imaginative ideas that raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants using visual art or music, poetry and dance. Winning applicants will receive £500 to produce their creative artwork or to record their audio performance, plus the chance to exhibit or perform it outdoors at a high profile UK summer event. The deadline for entries is 22nd February 2016

Transform a Space: We’re looking for project ideas that raise awareness about the importance of native wild flowers and plants and their diverse habitats. Your project can involve more than sowing and growing – as long as it communicates a message about UK native wild flowers and wild spaces in a creative way. Think wild, innovative and eye catching! The deadline for entries is 22 February 2016. 

To find out more and how to apply please visit: www.growwilduk.com/content/grow-it

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Youth of the Year Awards

Five inspirational young people have been awarded the accolade of ‘Youth of the Year 2015’ for overcoming adversity to achieve their personal goals.

Winners and their respective youth workers from England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland were invited to an award ceremony at Buckingham Place where they were presented with their award by HRH the Princess Royal. Each winner also received a £250 Amazon voucher, plus a £750 mini-grant for the supporting youth group to help to continue funding their great work.



The Youth of the Year Awards in its inaugural year, came to fruition to celebrate and promote the great work that young people do outside of formal education and recognise the valuable part that youth groups play in supporting them. Youth Cymru and national partners, UK Youth, Youth Scotland, Youth Work Ireland and Youth Action Northern Ireland, came together to support the Awards.

Jodie (aged 19) was awarded the Wales Youth of the Year Award.  Jodie has been a carer for her mother since she was 11 years old. Jodie was referred to the Bridgend Young Carers project by her school and when she joined she was a quiet young girl. Although Jodie’s caring role was one of the most demanding, she worked hard and achieved 10 GCSE’s and 4 A levels.When she was 17, she joined the Young Adult Carer Voice Group where she took part in a number of consultations with Wales Carers Alliance; and contributed to the Social Services and Well-being Act. In 2014, Jodie was accepted to University, gained a part-time job and continues with her caring role travelling home as much as possible. Jodie has supported the project in running workshops and training for young carers and regularly represents young carers in Wales. In June 2015, Jodie was a guest speaker at a Carers Trust Time to be Heard event where she spoke about taking the step to go on to further education and move away from her caring role. Jodie has done so much for the project and is an excellent role model to young carers. She is an example of what hard work can achieve.



More information about all the winners and the Awards can be found at: http://www.ukyouth.org/latest-news-hidden/item/1004-youth-of-the-year-awards#.VmgYmPmyOkp 

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Midnight Skate 2015, Planet Ice, Cardiff Bay – 4th December. A great night had by all!
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Tickets for next year’s event will be available from October 2016 for all affiliated clubs. Come and join us at the new Ice Arena Wales in Cardiff Bay.

New members are welcome and it’s free to join! Click here to affiliate and to receive our weekly newsletter filled with events and funding opportunities for young people in Wales.