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July E-Newsletter

Welcome to the July edition of our E-Newsletter. We are delighted to report that at the recent Youth Work Excellence Awards our Youth Worker, Jonathan Price (Paz), was awarded ‘Youth Worker of the Year 2016’ – A thoroughly amazing achievement with the nomination coming from a young person!

We were also delighted to win a Youth Work Excellence Award for the ‘Not the Usual Suspects’ project which has introduced young people to politics over residential sessions  and culminated in the ‘Not the Usual Hustings event’ at Infinity Trampoline Park which was filmed by three TV crews!

There is more information about these successes below as well as the successes on the football field!


Grant Poiner
National Development Officer

Upcoming events
Saturday 9 July and Sunday 10 July: A free theatre performance about the Battle of Mametz Wood will be shown at the National Museum Cardiff. Click here for more information about the event and to book a ticket.

Saturday 16 July: A free Peace Festival for families will be organised at the Temple of Peace between 10am and 3pm. We will have a stall at the event to inform about our history and our work. You can find more information about the event here.

Friday, 22 July: Our North Wales office is running an Emergency First Aid At Work course for our club volunteers and leaders in Old Colwyn. If you have anybody who would benefit from this qualification, please get in touch with Kevin Roberts via email or phone 01492 862855.

Saturday 30 July - Thursday 11 August: Our annual German Youth Exchange with a group from the TSV Eltingen will take place in North Wales and Brecon.

Saturday 11 August: StreetGames is organising a Multi Sport Festival at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff with a huge range of sports and activities to try out and the chance to take part in demonstrations and competitions. For more information and to register to attend the event click here.
We are delighted that our "Not The Usual Suspects" project won an award for the "Outstanding Rights Youth Work Project" at this year's Youth Work Excellence Awards! The awards took place on Friday, 24 June at Venue Cymru in Llandudno and we attended the event with a group of staff members and young people who participated in the project. Additionally, we are pleased that our staff member, Jonathan Price "Paz", received an award as the "Youth Worker of the Year" and Jonathan Evans, who is volunteering in our member club, Ton & Gelli Community Centre, an award for his "Outstanding Contribution to Youth Work". We would like to congratulate Paz, Jonathan and everyone who made our "Not The Usual Suspects" project possible for this amazing achievement and thank Welsh Government for organising this great event!
As part of the Youth Work Week we participated in the public National Showcase event which was organised on Tuesday, 28 June at the Red Dragon Centre in Cardiff. During the event, visitors had the opportunity to listen to some young talented musicians and to visit market stalls from youth organisations all around Wales to find out more about their work.
On Monday, 27 June a group of young volunteers went to the Temple of Peace in Cardiff to help Wales for Peace to set up an exhibition about the Book of Remembrance. This book includes the names of all the Welsh soldiers who gave their lives in the First World War and was transcribed to make it accessible to the public. You can view the book here.
We are delighted to announce that we received funding for two full time Street Games volunteer placements. This programme enables young people who are currently not in employment or education to take part in a 22 weeks placement to get involved in the daily running of a Doorstep Sports project. During their placement, they get the chance to receive qualifications, participate in various workshops and organise their own social action project. The programme is starting on Monday, 4 July for one volunteer in North Wales and one in South Wales. Please contact us if you are interested!
Our U17s representative Football squad had a successful trip to the 4 Nations tournament in Scotland on the weekend Saturday 25 to Monday 27 June. After three games against the representative squads of CYP Scotland and CYP Northern Ireland and the Kilwinning SC who hosted the event, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales finished the tournament as the Nation Cup and the Gaelic Cup winner. The team had a draw against CYP Scotland with 2-2 and won against CYP Northern Ireland with 10-2 and Kilwinning SC with 5-0. Congratulations to the players for this great achievement and a big thank you to everyone who made this trip possible!
Between Thursday, 4 and Sunday, 7 August, the Kaya - Festival of World Music and Arts will be taking place at the Margam Country Park in South Wales. The programme of the festival includes music performances and food stalls from all around the world and various workshops. We will be taking our Youth Exchange group to the festival on the Saturday with some of the participants taking part in the programme. You can find out more about the festival here. To buy tickets for the event, click here and enter "Youth" in the promotional code bar to get a discount.
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