Young volunteers thanked for their contribution
By Stephanie McNicholas, Volunteer Press Officer, Interlink RCT
Some of Rhondda Cynon Taf’s youngest volunteers were thanked for their efforts during Volunteers’ Week (June 1-7, 2017).
The huge contribution made by volunteers of all ages in Rhondda Cynon Taf was recognised across the county borough during the week.
Vol Factor – a celebration evening for young people, alongside Active Valleys – was held on Tuesday, June 6th at the University of South Wales Sports Park.
The Vol Factor is a youth-led grant scheme supporting volunteering projects for 14-25 year olds in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
Certificates were awarded to 25 young people from seven projects funded by the scheme and to the grant panel who run the scheme (see pic). A special award was given to Gareth Morgans for nine years’ service on the scheme.
Cllr Rhys Lewis, RCT Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Prosperity and Wellbeing, presented certificates to young people from RCT People First; Aberdare Valley Football League, Urdd RCT, Hirwaun YMCA, Spectacle Theatre, RCT Young Carers and Active Valleys.
Cllr Lewis said: “Our young people in RCT are such an inspiration. Congratulations to all volunteers – superb projects.”
Interlink RCT also awarded certificates to 11 young volunteers aged between 11-13 at All Stars Gymnastics in Taffs Well.
Other events held during the week included a celebration for Involve 2 Evolve volunteers at the Muni Arts Centre and a Managing Volunteers Network Event in Merthyr.
The RCT Together Community Action Fund was also launched with Treherbert Bowls Club during the week by Cllr Lewis.
Interlink Volunteering Advisor Thomas Crockett said: “This has been our busiest-ever Volunteers’ Week. Interlink staff and volunteers have attended or organised eight events.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed getting out and about to meet and celebrate some of the wonderful volunteers who make Rhondda Cynon Taf such a special and unique place to live in.”