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:


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 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:

grow wild pic

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: 

Midnight Skate 2015









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.




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.




Please send your External Moderation form to

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.




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

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




Youth International Development Summit

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


(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:

Register here


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.


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