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.



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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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Youth Cymru’s Manifesto

Youth Cymru calls for the General Election


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Eleven teams of young people from Wales selected as National

Finalists of UK-wide money management competition

Teams reach National Final of the Money for Life Challenge, a money management competition run by Lloyds Banking Group, with Colleges Wales and Youth Cymru.

Eleven teams of young people from Wales are celebrating today after reaching the Wales National Final of Lloyds Banking Group’s Money for Life Challenge, a national competition to inspire better money management skills in local communities across the UK supported by CollegesWales and Youth Cymru.

The teams have been selected from 80 entries from across Wales to reach the final of the Money for Life Challenge at the Doctor Who Experience at Porth Teigr, Cardiff on 28 April 2015.

Five of the teams will present their money management projects to a panel of high-profile judges, hoping to be crowned the Money for Life Challenge: Wales Winner 2015.

The five teams are:

D.O.S.H – (Defining Our Spending Habits)
Acorn Learning Solutions

Team addressed issues experienced by students going on to attend university, and supplied knowledge to offer new students moving from further to higher education information to build the foundation to make informed decisions on their spending habits.

Be In Th’ Know With Ya Dough
Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone

Project addressed the need for young people in Blaenau Gwent to save money. Team highlighted saving money is particularly important where young people have to live on a very low income. They looked into this by teaching money saving tips to help their peers and also persuaded several local businesses to offer discounts, special offers or freebies to local youngsters.

Radiate – Families Project
Charter Housing, Newport

Team worked to design and build a mobile app themed around energy efficiency to help young families see how they can save money by adopting more energy efficient lifestyle habits. The team conducted four face to face sessions with an app developer to bring their ideas to life and worked with local families to measure its impact.

Bridgend College

C-Bank looked at how to help young people in Bridgend save money by encouraging them to shop in local charity shops. The team worked with the Tenovus Cancer Care charity in Bridgend to conduct a donation drive to inspire more young people to donate to charity shops and conducted promotions in the local area to encourage more teenagers and young adults to shop in them.

Gym Value for Money
Coleg Gwent, Crosskeys

Project looked into the cost of using gyms and sought to compare the price of college gyms to private and local authority alternatives. They produced leaflets and posters, which were handed out across the college campus and used email and intranet to promote information on the differences in cost. The team aimed to both promote ways to save money and the importance of keeping fit.

Alongside the five teams that will present their projects on stage, six further teams will be in the running for the People’s Prize, which is voted for by attendees at the National Final. They are:

  • Beauty Therapy Community from Coleg Gwent
  • Upcycling Splott from Global Love Trust
  • Sassy Savings from Youth Cymru
  • Saving before Leaving from NPTC Group
  • Young Carers from YMCA
  • Young Pension Payers from ISA Training

The groups undertook their projects over a three month period having been awarded a £500 grant from Money for Life to put their ideas into action.

The winner of the Wales national final will win £1,000 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Rachel Dodge, Project Manager for Money for Life in Wales, said: “Money management skills are vital to our everyday lives and we are delighted that so many teams from Wales have taken part in the Money for Life Challenge this year. We are pleased to announce the eleven national finalists who will be at this year’s Wales National Final. Each team has devised a truly innovative project to help their community. I wish them the very best of luck.”

David Rowsell, Head of the Money for Life Programme at Lloyds Banking Group said: “The Money for Life Challenge helps young people create a money management project to benefit their local community and enables them to develop the skills they need to manage their own money more effectively too. Money for Life is one of the core programmes at the heart of Lloyds Banking Group’s aim to help Britain prosper.

“I have been hugely impressed by the innovation and enthusiasm of all the teams who have taken part in the Challenge this year. It has been a tricky decision for our judges to decide which groups will make it to our national finals. I wish all teams the very best of luck.”

The winner of the Wales final will head to the Money for Life Challenge UK Grand Final at the London Film Museum in London’s Covent Garden on 28 May, where they’ll compete against teams from England, Northern Ireland and Scotland to claim the title of UK Winners of the Money for Life Challenge 2015. The teams have the chance to win £3,000 to donate to a charity of their choice.

For more information on the Money for Life Challenge, please go to, or on Facebook at and on Twitter at


For more information contact: Donna McGrory / Joe Ogden at Four Communications on 020 3697 4307 /

Or, James Birch, Lloyds Banking Group, / 02073562239

Notes to Editors

About Money for Life

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 Banking Group has invested £10 million in the programme from 2010 to 2015.

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. This train-the-trainer approach ensures a sustainable impact in local communities and organisations

The Money for Life Challenge is a national competition that provides £500 grants to empower teams of 16 to 24 year olds in further education, training and community organisations to run a money management project in their community.

The 2014/15 Money for Life Challenge will be delivered with our partners CollegesWales, Youth Cymru, National Skills Academy for Financial Services, UK Youth, Young Scot and NOW Group. Our partners are instrumental in the delivery and co-ordination of the Challenge.

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

In Remembrance

Dennis Frost











Dennis G Frost, died Tuesday 16th December 2014, aged 89.

Dennis was the General Secretary for Youth Cymru from 1953 to 1987 (previously known as the Welsh Association of Youth Clubs, until 2003)

He still played a role within Youth Cymru until 2013, by donating his time in running the book appeal.

Dennis was a well-loved member of staff who put a lot of love and passion into his work. He will be sorely missed by everyone.

We thank Dennis for all his years as our General Secretary and all of the time he gave to this charity and to the young people.

We send our condolences to his wife and family

History of Youth Cymru

The Welsh Association of Youth Clubs was one of the major voluntary youth organisations in Wales.

Mr Donald Davies, Chairman (centre) with recipients of the Junior Group Leader Certificate. Swansea-A.G.M., 1957.

Mr Donald Davies, Chairman (centre) with recipients of the Junior Group Leader Certificate. Swansea-A.G.M., 1957.


Roger Kingdom (Chairman) and Ann-Calvin-Thomas (Secretary) of the South Wales Members’ Council in conversation with the President, Lord Snowdon.

Roger Kingdom (Chairman) and Ann-Calvin-Thomas (Secretary) of the South Wales Members’ Council in conversation with the President, Lord Snowdon.

Commencing as a girls’ club, organisation, it owes is existence to the initiative of voluntary leaders who formed a number of independent local federations with the object of seeking mutual support.

The Ocean National Colliery Company played a leading role in forming boys’ clubs and girls’ clubs in the Rhondda, Garw and Monmouthshire Valleys, collectively comprising the Ocean National Federation. But elsewhere too, particularly in the “non-special areas,” it was the clubs themselves which formed their own federations with a view to seeking co-operation, discussing common problems, exchanging ideas, arranging, inter-clubs visits and providing services to their mutual advantage.

Two years after the formation of the Cardiff Federation, a meeting was convened by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs. This was held on the 25th of January 1936, at 33 Park Place, Cardiff, mainly as the result of a grant received from the Jubilee Trust by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs for work in the ‘special areas’. Representatives of federations and settlements were invited to attend this important meeting to consider the formation of a South Wales Association of Girls’ Clubs.

In addition to representatives from the federations, a number of other girls’ organisations were present at this historic meeting, but the records do not indicate whether they attended in order to secure membership, or merely to support.

In attendance:

Local Federations

Cardiff & District

Ocean National


South Wales Coalfields

Educational Settlements





Maes-yr-Haf, Rhondda.

Other Youth Organisations

The Girls’ Friendly Society

The Y.W.C.A

Urdd Gobaith Cymru’

South Wales Council of Boys’ Clubs

South Wales Council of Social Services


1934-Cardiff Federation Formed

1936-South Wales Council Formed

1942-North Wales Council Formed

1943-Welsh Divisional Committee Formed

1954-Re-Organisation in South Wales

1964-Merger of the three constituent bodies

1970-1976-Many more statutory youth clubs sought membership.

Miss Warren, the Organising Secretary, of the National Secretary of the National Council of Girls’ Clubs addressed the meeting. She stated that the  Council of Girls’ Clubs in South Wales would provide an essential link between the federations and the National Council and make it possible for combined schemes to be offered, such as holidays, camps and training courses. Additionally, services could be provided for scattered clubs in areas where no federations, as well as the provision of opportunities for women in South Wales to undertake leadership training offered by the National Council.

The birth of this new organisation was not an easy one, and the Celtic trait of being concerned for local identity emerged, when the representative of the Pontypool Settlement stated that she was not in favour of forming a South Wales body, as her organisation, was perfectly capable of co-ordinating the work of local cubs.

In reply, the chairman pointed out that an Association would provide clubs with more scope for development, and prevent settlements from adopting a small minded attitude!

Originally, the major source of income was a proportion of the annual grant received by the National Council of Girls’ Clubs from the Jubilee Trust for work in the ‘special areas’ to be replaced later by a similar arrangement for the disposal of HQ grant received from the Ministry of Education. This initial financial support, apart from a small sum retained for administration, which was passed on to individual girls’ clubs.

Summer School

In 1954, Mr Edward (‘Ted’) Higgins, brought a new dimension to club work in the form of a ‘Summer School’ which he organised for club members and their families. For the next eighteen years, the Harlech Summer School became the focal point for all activities.

A feature of The Harlech Summer Schools in 1958 and 1959 was the production of what quickly became known as “The Chronicles”.

Composed daily in Biblical language by Islwyn Jones and Owen Picton, their production was eagerly anticipated, as were the evening “readings” in the great hall.

Junior Summer School

1973 In 1972, it was noticed with some concern, that an increasing number of young people under fourteen years of age were now attending affiliated clubs, and in an endeavour to provide for this age group, the first Junior Summer School was planned and directed by Mr. Peter John, West Wales Regional Officer at Coleg Trefeca, Breconshire, when forty junior members thoroughly enjoyed a week’s programme of arts and crafts, music, drama and pony trekking.

In 1973, the second summer school was held at the same venue. The high sprits and the infectious enthusiasm of the youngsters was not only shared during this memorable week, but taken back to their own clubs, and it was noticeable that the clubs involved reflected this influence in their programme of activities.

Megan Wigley Jones

Megan Jones was one of our amazing volunteers at The Big Music Project. The 21 year old from Pontyclun snapped away at artists, stalls and the venue throughout the day. Megan first became interested in photography at University where she studied Media Production. Throughout her time at University she collaborated with other courses and began photographing for them. It became her favourite part of her degree and soon discovered that she could do more with her new favourite hobby. Megan didn’t have any professional experience until she volunteered at The Big Music Project; however now she can say that she has photographed the likes of Plan B, Becky Hill and Rydian Roberts.



I asked Megan what she took away from the event she explained that;


I was really excited to be part of the day but I was also really nervous about it. There is so much going on behind the scenes of the music industry that I didn’t know about, but now I have more of an idea. Everyone around had a really positive attitude and told us don’t give up. It was an excellent day.


What did you feel the highlight was for you?


For me it was listening to Becky Hill’s Q&A. Her set was quite short with only 3 or 4 songs which I was SO gutted about as I could’ve watched her all day but regardless, she did it justice! I stood there with my trusty camera at the very front, snapping away and singing along to all the songs!



If you could change anything what would it be?

Next time I would definitely sign on to the workshops. They looked really good and gave some excellent advice to people who wanted to go into the field


Megan would love a career in the music industry, not necessarily centre stage, but behind the scenes, perhaps working on the stage management and lighting or becoming such an amazing photographer those big name artists will be calling her to come to their gigs. Megan is also a blogger, and a pretty great one at that! This is definitely something to check out, learn how to make toffee apples and a little more about her experience at The Big Music Project!


We wish Megan all the best and one day we will be seeing her incredible photography in the celebrity magazines!


Check out her amazing blog here:

And here is her twitter: