Seven Youth-Led Projects Celebrate after Receiving Vol Factor Grants; Scheme Reopens With Immediate Effect
Seven youth-led projects in Rhondda Cynon Taff are celebrating after receiving Vol Factor grants from Interlink RCT’s Youth Grant Panel – and the Fund has re opened with immediate effect after Interlink pulled down a further £4,000 for projects involving 14-25 year old volunteers in RCT.
From their initial Fund the The Panel funded seven projects, as follows:
£463.66 Llanharan Youth Drop In “Doggy Bag Project”
£700 Ferndale Youth Project (with the Arts Factory) “Mental Health Training”
£353.80 Hirwaun YMCA “Our Poppy”
£500 Spectacle Theatre “Mental Health Forum”
£462 Fernhill Youth Project “Homework Club”
£640 Aberdare Valley Association Football League “Young Volunteers Football Project”
£500 RCT People First “Healthy and Active Activity Day”
All seven projects will encourage more young people aged 14-25 to volunteer on their projects.
Llanharan Youth Drop In will consult the community before implementing a Doggy Bag project for the village aimed at reducing dog mess while the Ferndale Youth Project’s volunteers will roll out a four week programme for young people on mental health and effective ways to deal with it, in partnership with the Arts Factory.
Hirwaun YMCA’s volunteers aim to build relations between Young People and the wider community by taking part in the Hirwaun remembrance day parade and lay a memorial wreath on behalf of the YMCA, and Spectacle Theatre will develop and facilitate a young person’s mental health forum, creating an environment that is accessible and positive and bringing together different young people from different backgrounds.
Fernhill Youth Project’s Homework Club will allow older Volunteers to encourage and empower younger members to do their homework on a nightly basis, particularly those who do not have access to a computer, printer or WIFI, while Aberdare Valley AFL’s Young Volunteers Project will allow the Coaches who deliver their Football Academy to gain football qualifications, Football Leaders, Safeguarding and First Aid awards, and higher Football qualifications.
Finally RCT People First will recruit Student volunteers from the University of South Wales to support their clients with learning disabilities on a Healthy and Active Activity Day.
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.
Interlink’s Youth Volunteering Advisor Thomas Crockett said: “The Panel again fed back that the calibre of applications was very high this year and they were really impressed by the enthusiasm shown by some of the projects during the interview sessions, which involved more than 30 young volunteers advocating for their projects. The Projects are sure to encourage large numbers of young people in RCT to get involved with their local youth-led projects, and the panel is delighted to have pulled down another £4000 to support yet more projects before Christmas 2018”.
The Vol Factor grant scheme has now reopened for applications which will be shortlisted to Interviews, to be held at Interlink’s offices before Christmas (dates and times TBC). For more information on the scheme please call Thomas Crockett on 01443 846200, or email him at email@example.com.