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.

 

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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.

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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 

Midnight Skate 2015

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Midnight Skate 2015, Planet Ice, Cardiff Bay – 4th December. A great night had by all!
For more photos please click here

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.

 

 

Reduced Training Prices for Members

Check out our New Prices on our Training Courses

Reduced Price Training

 

 

YAA Training – Book Now

Award Worker Course

All workers that will be working with young people on their Youth Challenges and Youth Achievement Awards must undertake our Award Worker Training Course(formerly know as Initial Training).

This course is unaccredited, but provides your workers with the knowledge they need in order to deliver the awards and help young people produce work of the required standard and quality.

OUR NEXT AWARD WORKER TRAINING COURSE WILL BE ON THURSDAY 14TH JANUARY 2016, 10AM-3PM

COST £100 PER PERSON

TO BOOK, PLEASE CLICK HERE

External Moderation Meeting

External Moderation Meeting will require those present to look at portfolios created by young people from organisations other than their own. Those present work in small groups and complete a ‘Verification Meeting Feedback Form’ for each organisations’ portfolios they look at.

Portfolios from an organisation are passed or deferred on an all or nothing basis.

The moderation day is also another opportunity to complete any details originally left off the External Moderation Form.

OUR NEXT EXTERNAL MODERATION MEETING WILL BE ON THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY 2016, 10AM-12PM

FREE

TO BOOK, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Please send your External Moderation form to wenna@youthcymru.org.uk

We will then email which files to bring to the meeting

Agency Moderation Course

An Agency Moderator acts as an internal verifier and will be required to check an organisation’s portfolios before they are submitted for external moderation. An Agency Moderator can also directly sign off Youth Challenges, which do not need to be externally checked.

OUR NEXT AGENCY MODERATOR COURSE WILL BE ON THURSDAY 21ST JANUARY 2016, 1PM-3PM

COST £50 PER PERSON

TO BOOK, PLEASE CLICK HERE

YAA Evening Refresher Course

Our members have requested an Evening Session for Award Workers
The YAA has recently been updated and changes made to the format to make the award even more accessible to young people and the youth groups working with them. This session is an opportunity for existing award workers to update themselves on the changes and receive the new resources.

So… what’s new?………………

Learner Materials
Challenge Length
Challenge Certification
Pricing

We believe that these changes will……….

– Create more flexibility within each level of the Awards
– Enable more young people to take part in the Awards process
– Enable young people to gain national recognition for part completed Awards
– Make the charges more transparent and ensure that organisations only pay for what they want

OUR NEXT REFRESHER MEETING ON MONDAY 25TH JANUARY 2016, 6PM-7.30PM

FREE

TO BOOK, PLEASE CLICK HERE

Youth International Development Summit

Hub Cymru Africa and CEWC bring you the Youth International Development Summit at the Urdd Residential Centre, Cardiff.

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(Suitable for ages 16-24) 

What’s on the agenda?

  • How to get into the international development sector
  • Volunteering in Wales and Africa
  • How to influence your AM/MP
  • How to deliver global youth work
  • How to engage with the International Citizen Services (ICS) programme.
  • Stalls of youth and volunteering organisations (Lattitude, Progresio, VSO, YCare, Safe Foundation and UNA Exchange)
  • Showcase of young people’s activities relating to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
  • SDGs selfies

The day will culminate in the final of CEWC’s annual Wales Schools Debating Championships, with two debate teams battling for the national title.  

Wales Schools Debating Championships – National Assembly of Wales

  • Siambr Hywel, Ty Hywel, The National Assembly for Wales.
  • December 4th 14.00 – 16.00
  • Kindly Sponsored by Julie Morgan AM
  • Your attendance at this event will help us increase youth engagement in the development sector through topical debate.

Hub Cymru Africa (HCA) is a new partnership supporting Welsh communities, charities and groups working on development projects in Africa. The aim of this conference is to increase youth engagement in the sector. The Wales Schools Debating Championships is kindly sponsored by the Jane Hodge Foundation.

If you require accomodation for the event visit: http://www.urdd.cymru/en/residential-centres/cardiff/

Register here http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/wales-youth-international-development-conference-cynhadledd-datblygu-ieuenctid-cymru-tickets-19377830613

 

Personal Safety Training

Lone Working
New dates for 2016

 

A one day training course that Aims to
To increase awareness of the problem of aggression and violence at work and how to avoid and reduce personal safety risks.

Outcomes

By the end of this programme, the participants will be able to:

State what is meant by violence at work
State what is meant by personal safety at work
Identify personal safety risks they may face at work
Describe actions they will take to help to ensure their own personal safety at work and that of others.

To book you place click here
Cost per participant:£120.00

Youth Cymru Members £90.00

Hub Cymru Africa

Hub Cymru Africa and Youth Cymru have joined forces to provide young people in Wales with an opportunity to engage in development issues and learn more about the upcoming sustainable development goals (SDGs). Similar to the Millennium Development Goals, which ended this year, the SDGs will be used to indicate global development practices in numerous areas.

Click here for more information about the SDGs.

Activity Grants

This grant is to allow young people to engage in development issues through fun, creative and informative ways.

Having read what SDGs are from the attached document, we encourage youth groups to think creatively about the goals provided and come up with an activity or a story telling approach that illustrates that goal(s). The 4 successful groups will be given up to £250 to cover for materials and any other expenses.

This grant will be open from 8th October to 25th October 2015.

Please click here to apply for the grant.

Llais Ifanc Manifesto goes live!

Llais Ifanc’s project this year is to create a Youth Manifesto for the Welsh Assembly Election 2016. We want to know what YOU want to see change in Wales!

How can Health, Education, Decision Making and Public Services change for young people? We are asking you if;

  • Public Transport should be free?
  • Mental Health should be treated as equally as physical health
  • Should 16 and 17 your old get the vote?
  • Does school really set you up for life?

If you want to have your say then take part in our Manifesto by completing this questionnaire!

Don’t sit back and let others make decisions for you, don’t sit back and complain. Get your voice heard, make a change and take part in Llais Ifanc’s Youth Manifesto.

The Manifesto will be presented to the Welsh Assembly on February 16 2016. There will be a chance for Q&A’s and workshops in the afternoon.

If you wish to be invited or take part in the day please contact lizzy@youthcymru.org.uk

If you would like to join Llais Ifanc Click here

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