Vol Factor Celebration Evening Showcases Nine of the Best Youth Led Projects in RCT
Nine Youth Led Projects were celebrated in a Ceremony at Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club on Tuesday evening, as Volunteers Week 2018 continues apace for Interlink RCT.
Councillor Rhys Lewis, Rhondda Cynon Taff’s Cabinet Member for the Voluntary Sector, was on hand to congratulate and present certificates participants to the young volunteers, and having done so he encouraged them to continue their fantastic contributions to community life throughout the County Borough.
RCT People First developed a number of opportunities for young volunteers to support their clients with learning disabilities to enjoy an Adventure Day in Cardiff; Aberdare Valley Football League developed a suite of new volunteering roles for young people to engage in delivering their successful Football Academy in the Cynon Valley, and Avant Theatre Cymru mentored a group of young people known as Theatre Tri to engage young people in putting on a production known as “Punk Rock” in the Rhondda.
Ferndale Youth Project carried out a community consultation to identify ‘grotspots’ and physically improved the local area, while Llwynypia Boys and Girls Club used their grant to promote and encourage young people to get involved in their new Youth Forum. Fernhill Youth Project used volunteers to get younger kids involved in a Creative Project while Llanharan Youth Drop In used young volunteers to help develop a community garden. Active Valleys were funded to run two sports projects, one Football in the Community Scheme, known as the ‘RCT Footy Fest’, and a disability sports project targeting students and non-students with physical and learning disabilities.
All nine projects encouraged young people to volunteer on their schemes, engaging a total of 83 new volunteers between the ages of 14-25 in Rhondda Cynon Taff over the past twelve months.
Interlink’s Youth Volunteering Advisor Thomas Crockett said: “It was clear from the Panel’s feedback that the calibre of applications was again very high this year and they were blown away by the enthusiasm shown by some of the projects during the interview process.”
The Vol Factor grant scheme, funded by the Welsh Government’s Gwirvol Programme via WCVA, supports projects to involve 14-25 in volunteering projects in Rhondda Cynon Taff, and is administered locally by Interlink RCT.
At the end of the Ceremony Youth Grant Panle Member Scott Russell announced that the Scheme will run again in 2018/19 and any interested parties are encouraged to contact Thomas Crockett, Interlink Volunteering Development Officer by telephone on 01443 846200, by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to Interlink Volunteer Centre, 6 Melin Corrwg, Cardiff Road, Upper Boat, Pontypridd CF37 5BE.