Four projects led by young people which encourage volunteering across Rhondda Cynon Taf have been awarded grants at a special event.
Hirwaun YMCA, RCT People First, The Urdd and Aberdare Valley Association Football League all scored a hit at a Vol Factor Visioning Event hosted by Interlink RCT.
Interlink RCT’s Vol Factor scheme, funded by the Welsh Government’s Gwirvol Programme via WCVA, is managed by a panel of young people and the aim of the event held in Hirwaun was to identify youth-led volunteering projects and offer them a grant to develop those projects.
This year, the panel were so impressed by the standard of the projects that they surprised everyone by deciding to award four grants rather than one, as first planned.
The Vol Factor Panel surprises everyone by announcing that all four projects are to be funded!
The bright ideas awarded grants to encourage young people to volunteer were:
• Aberdare Valley Association Football League aims to support more female, disabled and bilingual players to participate in sport.
• Young people from Hirwaun YMCA will set up a girls’ football team.
• RCT People First will encourage student nurses to get involved with clients via teambuilding events.
• Young women from Urdd in RCT will set up Merched Go! to encourage more young people to take part in sport.
There’s still time for youth-led volunteering projects to apply for grants of between £500-£700 through the Vol Factor scheme.
The final application deadline is Tuesday, October 25th. To apply, you will need to provide the name of your organisation, a brief paragraph on your project and your proposed project budget.
Please send your written application to: Thomas Crockett, Interlink RCT, 6 Melin Corrwg, Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BE or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also contact Thomas for more information by calling 01443 846200.