Christmas Arrives Early: Youth Clubs Saved from Closure

Two local youth clubs have been saved in Swansea, thanks to the support from local Councillors and the City and County of Swansea.

Skewen-based Whitehead-Ross Education took over the management and delivery of Clydach and Pontarddulais Youth Clubs from the council back in January and were awarded 12 months of funding by the City and County of Swansea.  This funding was due to end on 22nd December but some additional temporary funding has been agreed whilst a lottery grant application is being considered.

Each Councillor in Swansea has a small budget to spend on projects to benefit the communities within their ward.  Pontarddulais Councillors Philip Downing and Kevin Griffiths have pooled £1,500 from their community ward budget to allow Pontarddulais Youth Club to continue for a further 3 months to the end of March.  In addition, the City and County of Swansea has allocated £2,000 from its Communities First budget to fund the 3 month extension in Clydach

Since the clubs were reopened 141 young people have attended both clubs since January.  The clubs have provided a variety of free activities for young people to access, along with opportunities for informal learning and gaining new qualifications.  The Pontarddulais Youth Club takes place at Bont Elim Church whilst the Clydach Youth Club takes place at Forge Fach Resource Centre.

Ian Ross, Managing Director at Whitehead-Ross Education, said “We are grateful to Councillors Philip Downing and Kevin Griffiths for supporting their local youth clubs, along with the City and County of Swansea.  Having opportunities for young people to engage in positive activities and new experiences is crucial and this news is a welcome early Christmas present for the young people who regularly attend the clubs.”

Last week Whitehead-Ross Education was the first organisation in Swansea to achieve the Welsh Government Youth Work Quality Mark and was presented the award by Minister Eluned Morgan AM.

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