Introduction and background
Youth Cymru is a leading national youth work charity with over 80 years’ experience of supporting young people and youth work across Wales. Focusing primarily on young people aged 11-25, we work collaboratively with our 223 affiliated members and other youth facing organisations to deliver unique, innovative and developmental opportunities, projects and programmes - aiming to better the lives of young people. As a membership organisation we support and collaborate with professionals, young people and organisations that are based in every local authority area in Wales, in both voluntary and statutory settings. We work in rural and urban areas, primarily in communities where young people face high levels of deprivation, providing vital resources, opportunities and services, supporting the youth sector and enabling young people to develop and grow.
We provide projects and programme through our partnerships with other organisations whilst also working directly with young people. Non-exclusive examples of our current work programme include; Reach Out, a project aimed at tackling youth loneliness; Creative Minds a project aimed at using creative arts to reduce the stigma of negative mental health in young people and our TransForm Cymru project, working to support trans and non-binary young people. For further information about our work, please visit our website located at www.youthcymru.org.uk
In addition to our work on a national Wales wide basis, we also work closely with other UK and European youth organisations. For example we have a unique relationship in our 5 Nations Partnership, which includes UK Youth, Youth Scotland, Youth Action Northern Ireland and Youth Work Ireland; enabling us to support youth work in Wales providing extended national and European opportunities for young people, youth facing professionals and organisations.
Our work is shaped around national guidance in relation to youth work in Wales. We are guided and directed by the Youth Work Principles and Purposes for Wales, and moving forward, we will be focusing our development and future work aligned with the new Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2019.