Humanequin Success – Trans*Form Cymru

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Humanequin was a theatrical piece that informed, educated and celebrated the lives of trans* young people in Wales. It combined a film, performance, and Q&A that explored real life stories, reflecting upon personal journeys and experiences, the joys, laughter and low points, discrimination and fears that young trans* people in Wales face on a daily basis. The project was a partnership between Youth Cymru’s Trans*Form project and Mess Up The Mess.

In July, 8 young people took to the stage and bravely performed and shared their stories. The piece was created and informed by 23 trans* young people across Wales supported by a team of professional artists.

Humanequin was first shown in Bridgend College during Pivotal Conversation’s Mental Health Conference to youth workers, teachers and other professionals before being performed in front of 120 young people from Radyr Comprehensive School in Cardiff.  Humanequin was also performed to over 120 people in an event supported by the Wales Millennium Centre.

The short documentary created by and featuring the stories of trans young people is available on YouTube here

You can listen to a podcast of the young people’s workshop from the Pivotal Conversation conference here 

LGBT Youth Conference

Youth Cymru are proud to be a partner of Pride Cymru’s first Autumn Youth Conference.


Date: Saturday 10th October 2015

Time: 10.00am till 5.15pm Conference, 5.15pm till 6.30pm Networking Social

Location: Park Inn Hotel and Cineworld, Cardiff


The day will include a range of workshops, the chance to hear from the Children’s Commissioner for Wales and the Pride Cymru Young People’s Champions, as well as the opportunity to view the 2015 Iris Prize Youth Shorts Nominations.

Free tickets are available via the Pride Cymru website:

Drama summer school



Create your story, and become part of Fio!

This summer Fioarebrining Project Fio to the Wales Millennium Centre. Between 10th – 29th Aug, our summer school is an opportunity for young people aged 13 – 19 to enjoy a real insight into working in the arts. Find our how things are made for stage and TV, make new friends and learn new skills.

With surgeries from companies including National Theatre Wales, Wales Millennium Centre and Welsh National Opera, you’ll learn new skills,techniques and make some great friends!

Come create some drama!

Be a Performer, a Director, a Producer, a Writer, a Technician, a Designer or a Promoter – it’s your call.

Working in collaboration with leading professionals you’ll develop and make a show to be performed in front of audiences in Cardiff and beyond!

This year we will be working to towards a production for the Roald Dahl centenary celebrations in 2016.

Best of all…it’s all free!

Want to find out more or get involved, get in touch and we’ll answer any questions you have. Contact us at:

Lunch will be provided during the August dates and travel bursaries are available, please ask for more information.

SummerSchool – Centre Take Over a the WMC

Welsh Millenium Centre

SummerSchool – Centre Take Over
Ever wondered what it would take to run a place like Wales Millennium Centre, from welcoming visitors to operating the spotlight for international companies?

Well this is your opportunity; the Centre has signed up to take part in the nationwide initiative Kids in Museums/Theatres and are looking for young people aged 13 – 19 to take over the Centre on 12 November.

Starting with a free two week summer school in August, you’ll be given all the training and support you’ll need to take over your new roles. The free two week summer school will take place on 17-28 August and will include travel and food subsistence, offer insight from industry professionals in how to be anything from a member of the technical team, the marketing team to a programmer and will include practical shadowing opportunities.

After the two week summer school you, and your peers will decide upon weekly sessions to continue developing your skills and knowledge leading up to the takeover day on Wednesday 12 November.

Most importantly, the whole opportunity is free, all you need to do in complete a very short application form, be available Mon – Fri between 17-28 Aug and be motivated and dedicated.

Roles Available

Technician for Public Stage

Controlling the Centre’s social media for the day

Press and PR

Programming for the Public Stage

Front of House Team Leader

Roles within our hospitality department



O2 Think Big



Age 13-25? Could you use £300 ThinkBig funding to make a difference in your community? @O2UKThinkBig

Don’t forget to use the Youth Cymru partner code YOCY

Level 1 & 2 – we want to see…• Projects led by young people aged 13 – 25 years old who are based in the UK• Projects that have a clear aim and benefit a community • Project ideas that are socially beneficial and harness the best of digital to make them a reality

Project Thirteen


Welcome to Project 13

Losing someone close to you at a young age is hard, through our own personal experience we set up Project 13 an online community that helps young people dealing with grief and loss.

The Project 13 Story

My Name is Manon Gravell, and I started Project 13 after my own experience of loss at a young age. I want to give young people, who are grieving due to the loss of a loved one, a place where they can turn to when they’re feeling at their worst. Everyone grieves individually, but we all share the same emotions and Project 13 gives individuals the support and confidence to talk to others in a similar situation. Project 13 is about bringing people together in their loss and understanding that there is no need to feel alone.



For more information go to

Youth Work Professionals – We Need Your Help


Youth Work Professionals – We Need Your Help

We’ve had a fantastic response to our survey asking young people about smoking-related services in Wales. We would now like to find out whether youth work professionals think there is enough information available to young people about smoking issues and how they would go about getting smoking-related advice/information.
Currently, this is provided by our youth provision The Filter, but its future is at risk. Please circulate and fill in the survey below to help secure this integral project.

Closing date is 12th July.

Please post them hard copies to: Steven Macey, ASH Wales Cymru, 14 – 18 City Road, Cardiff, CF24 3DL.

Thank you.

UK UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit 2015

Win 5 free places to represent your local World Heritage Site at the prestigious UK UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit 2015 by entering our creative competition!


The Blaenavon Industrial Landscape World Heritage Site will proudly host the 2015 UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit from 20th – 22nd October 2015. The Summit will welcome youth representatives from all over the UK for 2 days of practical activities and fun workshops to discuss how we can use World Heritage to change the place we live in for the better.


If you are aged between 13-17 (or up to 25 and in special education) on 25th October 2015 you and 3 of your friends (plus one supervising adult) could win the chance to go to the UNESCO UK World Heritage Youth Summit in Wales for free! If you win, you will receive 2 night’s free accommodation, food, all your activities at the Summit, and a goody bag and t-shirt!


So, are you creative enough? Could you win free places to represent your school, group, organisation and your nearest or local World Heritage Site, and the UK, at the Summit? Go on…what are you waiting for?!


Deadline for entering applications: 24th July 2015.



How do I enter the competition to win a place?


To win the chance to participate you and your group will need to:


  1. Create a piece of creative media or artwork based on your local or nearby World Heritage Site answering the question ‘How can we use World Heritage to make the place we live in better?


You can enter in one of four categories with any of the following art forms:

  • Creative WritingBlogs, Rapping, Literature, Song Writing, Story Telling, Poetry


  • PerformanceSong, Theatre, Dance, Music
  • Visual Arts3D Modelling, Drawing, Painting, Posters, Sculpture
  • Film and Digital MediaPhotography, Film, Animation, Digital Art, Gaming







  1. Visit your local World Heritage Site, (we will want to see a picture of your group there!) and do a bit of research on it – we will want to see this come out in your artwork in some way.
  2. Write 200 words explaining your art work and how it answers the question.
  3. Tell us how all 4 of your team contributed to the art (200 words max)
  4. Upload a picture of you and your group at your World Heritage Site.
  5. Follow the digital requirements for the size, length and upload of your art.


All entries must be submitted electronically by filling in the online form found on our website




  • Competition Opens for submissions: 1st June 2015.
  • Competition Closes: 24th July 2015.
  • Judging: Early August 2015.
  • All entries informed of outcome: 1st September 2015.


Terms and conditions


    • You must have 4 in a group. One of you must be the named leader, who we can contact.
    • You must have an adult whom we can contact and who can accompany you to the SUMMIT if you win. Their details must be on the competition entry form.
    • You and your entire group must all be aged between 13-17 (or up to 25 in special education) on 25th October 2015.
    • You must submit a photo of your group at your World Heritage Site that can be used in publicity.
    • You must explore your local World Heritage Site.
    • If you are not working directly with staff in your chosen World Heritage Site, you must inform them you are submitting an application.
    • Your entire group must be able to attend the Youth Summit if you win for your region.
    • You must submit all entries electronically (see digital entry requirements).
    • Your entry will be posted on social media and website to gain “likes” or votes which will be counted when judging your piece.
  • We must be allowed to use your entry in any media we need to, before, during and after the event. (If one of your group can not be mentioned in media, just let us know, and we will keep their name and photo out of the media)

The Big Music Project Champions sign up


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