Youth Service

Our Vision

“Young people represent our most valuable resource.  We will offer positive choices and social and educational opportunities during transition into adulthood, by empowering young people as individuals and supporting them to address issues affecting them. We will establish partnerships with other agencies and organisations to ensure that young people will be given high quality provision.”

 

The Vale Youth Service provides informal and non-formal opportunities to young people aged 11-25 across the Vale of Glamorgan to support them in achieving their full potential.  We provide safe environments for young people to enjoy themselves and meet others; feel valued; access information and support; and learn new skills.

 

The Youth Work Strategy for Wales states that youth work offers young people opportunities for learning that are educative, expressive, participative, inclusive, and empowering.  Youth work in Wales is based on the voluntary engagement of young people as empowered partners. It starts at whatever point young people are in their lives, recognises and seeks to develop and realise their potential, and is committed to equality and inclusion.  The key principles which underpin youth work in Wales are set out in the Principles and Purposes document.

 

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If you have any questions please contact:

  • 01446 709308 

 Our Aims:

  • Establish projects and work in partnership with voluntary and third sector organisations, local authority services, town councils and schools in the Vale of Glamorgan, to promote the personal, educational, social, and cultural development of young people.
  • Provide opportunities for young people to develop decision-making skills in matters, which affect themselves and their peers, and to understand and participate in democratic process.

 

Our Offer:

The Service has a diverse range of youth work interventions on offer within schools and the community.  This is delivered through various means: 

  • Youth clubs

  • Mobile street-based service and outreach

  • After school clubs

  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

  • Welsh Language youth provision

  • Participation projects and rights work

  • International Youth Work and Youth Exchanges

  • Accredited courses for young people

  • Digital activities

  • Outdoor and bushcraft activities

  • Support community events

  • C-Card scheme

  • Mentoring

  • Targeted one-to-one support and bespoke interventions

  • Broker EOTAS provision

  • Offer Youth and Community Work and Mental Health First Aid courses

The Vale Youth Service renewed the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales: Bronze Level in May 2021.  This award recognises that our work is continually underpinned by a sound range of policies and enables young people to learn and develop personal and social skills. The Quality Mark is a unique tool for self-assessment, planning improvement and gaining a quality mark for youth work. It supports and recognises improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of organisations that deliver youth work, demonstrating and celebrating the excellence of their work with young people.

 

Bronze Youth Work Quality Mark Award