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‘Bronze’ Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales

Lowri Evans, Gwenllian Evans, Gethin Jones, Gavin Witte, Rebecca Champ, Nia Jones, Rhun Garner, Iwan Evans, Guto Crompton.

CEREDIGION YOUTH SERVICE has been awarded the prestigious Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.

The Welsh Government launched the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales in October 2015 to provide a robust, independent, external assessment of the quality and performance of organisations that deliver youth work in Wales. The final report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service offered high quality youth work covering 16 core areas, including performance management, quality of youth work practice, young people’s learning and legal requirements.

The report identified that Ceredigion Youth Service is a central and key partner to the delivery of Council services for young people. They felt that the workforce understands their role and have very good knowledge of the needs of the young people in the communities. A key strength identified in the report was that the Youth Workers are very effective at building relationships with young people which are based on trust and they are there to support and promote the young people’s learning and development. Young people develop their confidence and social skills through a good range of opportunities taking place in school based work, outreach provision and in youth clubs.

The Team of assessors also reported that Ceredigion Youth Service demonstrates a strong emphasis on partnership working with voluntary and statutory services to extend provision for young people and ensure national and local priorities can be delivered through both targeted and open access working. Regular information sharing and joint planning with other statutory agencies is ensuring young people are well supported to access specialist support and that Ceredigion Youth Service can provide good support when the young people ‘step down’ from working with specialist agencies.

Lowri Evans, Ceredigion County Council’s Youth Service Co-ordinator, said: “To have been awarded with the Bronze Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales is a tremendous achievement for the Service.

“It’s a great mark of recognition for the commitment and hard work of the team, in supporting young people’s personal, social and educational development, encouraging all young people to reach their full potential. This Award confirms that Ceredigion Youth Service continues to deliver an outstanding quality provision to over 5,000 of the County’s young people every year.”

The Award were presented to the Ceredigion Youth Service at The National Youth Excellence Awards in Cardiff on 23 June.