This contract and programme finished at the end of February 2018
WREC was awarded RDP funding via the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development by the Neath Port Talbot Local Action Group (LAG) to deliver a rural youth work project.
We engaged 80 young people over 2 years (aged 14-18) through ten exhilarating overnight retreats involving outdoor pursuits and activities. Each retreat took place over 2 days. We used Black Mountain Activities near Brecon and provided a minibus collection service across the rural wards to remove barriers to participation.
In addition, detached youth work across the rural wards was designed to support young people to stretch horizons, challenge their thinking and develop their skills. Activities were young-person led from a wide variety of options including t-shirt tie die, photography, job search skills, enterprise, sports, art and craft, website building, cupcake decoration, fashion, DVD nights, citizenship and street dance to name a few.
Sessions provided young people with informal learning by offering opportunities to gain qualifications for the City and Guilds Level 1 Introductory Award in Employability Skills. The provision followed the Welsh Government’s National Youth Work Strategy for Wales 2014–2018.