Young people across Caerphilly county borough will be fully occupied throughout the summer holidays thanks to a major £20,000 cash boost from Caerphilly County Borough Council to fund a wide range of activities and events organised by Caerphilly Youth Service.
Traditionally, youth work in Caerphilly is delivered from September to May at Youth Centres and clubs across the county borough. In 2013 Councillors allocated £35,000 to provide summer activities and the Youth Service were able to deliver at 11 Youth Centres. A further £20,000 has been secured this year to build on the success of last years programme and include 9 other locations in an outreach capacity.
Activities will include outdoor pursuits, visiting a nature reserve and country parks and visits from Sustrans and Gwent Police on bike safety and theft prevention.
They will also have the opportunity to gain qualifications from Children’s University, Peer Mentoring, Agored Football and a Sports Volunteer Award.
Cllr Rhianon Passmore, Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, commented, “The additional funding reflects our commitment to invest in more activities for young people across our county borough. The cash has secured additional youth provision which will give even more young people the opportunity to gain qualifications and try out lots of different activities. We are delighted that this money will enable our Youth Service team to set them up with skills for a successful and happy life.”
The Summer Programme is part of the new draft Caerphilly Youth Service Strategy 2014/19 which aims to contribute to reducing anti social behaviour, crime, drug and alcohol abuse and poverty by increasing opportunities for young people.
For more information about Caerphilly Youth Service visit www.youth4u.co.uk.