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Neath Port Talbot Youth Service works with young people aged 11-25 across the county borough. Our activities are open to all and easy to access - we work with young people in the local community, at school, on the street. Check out what's available in your local area and GET INVOLVED NOW!

 

 
 
 
CYAC CELEBRATE CVS VOLUNTEER AWARD
Cwmafan Youth Action Group were successful in winning a CVS Youth Volunteer Award after being nominated for being very proactive in their local community, raising funds through a community arts project and youth intergenerational craft project. They are a real credit to their community.

YOUNG CHAMPIONS COUNTS THE COSTS
14 young people from the Blaengwynfi, Croeserw, Glyncorrwg, Sandfields, Glyn Neath & Briton Ferry West communities recently completed the Barclays Money Skills ‘Champions’ training programme.
Barclays Money Skills ‘champions’ is an innovative project whose overall aim is to increase the financial awareness and confidence of young people particularly those who are not in education employment or training. The partners in the project include Barclays Bank, NYA, Rathbone, Citizen Advice, Youth Access, Youth Net & UK youth
During the 16 hour training programme the young people learnt different strategies to help them manage their money more effectively and how to share this new knowledge with their peers using peer education techniques.
The champion’s training programme also covered learning preferences, facilitation methods and the key policies and procedures the champions need to follow according to their role e.g. health & safety. The young people will have access to the champion’s toolkit which contains activities and information to help teach practical skills to get young people thinking about their feelings and behaviors around money.
Congratulations to Carly Parsons, Alec Mead, Alex Esposito, Alissa Bevan, Cian Selms, Jasmin Tomlinson, Jessica Doyle, Jessica Newberry-Wall, Kelly Williams, Louise Budge, Nicole Thomas, Rhiannon Leyshon, Sarah Phillips & Thomas Kelly.

THE LEADER MEETS THE YOUNG WINNERS
Leader of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council ( Ali Thomas ) met with four young people from Neath Port Talbot to celebrate and recognise their achievement at the recent Youth Events All Wales Finals at Newtown. The Leader said " We are all proud of your accomplishment" and thanked them for representing Neath Port Talbot
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Healthy Lifestyles Residential in Margam Park
A group of 15 young people from across Neath Port Talbot (3 from Cwmafan, 4 from Afan Valley, 7 from Fairyland and 1 from Pelenna) attended a 2 day residential at Margam Discovery Centre.


They were looking at their own health and wellbeing and how their behaviour has an impact on their health. The young people learned about different issues that can have an effect on their health, such as healthy eating, drug and alcohol misuse, smoking, sexual health and exercise.

The young people were able to participate in a funky pump fitness session to encourage them to adopt a more active lifestyle. A trip to the cinema was also organised for the young people as a reward for attending the course.

They worked in groups to complete set tasks and build relationships, increased their confidence by meeting new people, tried new activities and set and completed personal goals.

Other workshops were also delivered by our partners – West Glamorgan Council on Drug and Alcohol Abuse.

The course was OCN accredited with the young people receiving a Level 1 OCN in Behaviour and Personal Health as a result of their full participation in all activities on offer.

A number of the young people are now looking to seek funding to purchase resources to enable them to deliver issue based workshops in their local youth clubs.

The young people really enjoyed the project. Their comments included ‘really enjoyed, but wish we had stayed longer’ and ‘there was a lot of useful information’.

Jo's Snowdon Group
Young People have got their heads in the clouds……………..Young People Climb Snowdon
Six young people from Neath Port Talbot took part in a residential held at the National Eisteddfod organised in partnership with the Youth Service and Urdd Gobaith Cymru. The project celebrated Welsh culture and language and broadened horizons.
The residential involved sleeping in traditional tepees at the Nation Eisteddfod and taking part in a variety of outdoor activities including rock climbing and Kayaking. The highlight of the residential was a trek up Mount Snowdon which involved battling challenging terrain and adverse weather conditions. Communication skills and team work were highlighted as the young people supported each other and worked effectively as a team to climb the mountain. Through their involvement in the project the young people gain a huge sense of achievement, had improved levels of fitness and had a unique experience that they would not have normally had access to.

Neath teenager wins Welsh Regional Sky Sports Award
17 year old Ethan Ashby from Fairyland in Neath is celebrating winning the Welsh Regional Sky Sports Living for Sports Award.

Neath Port Talbot Council's Engage project teamed up with Sky Sports to help young people overcome any barriers, socially or educationally, so that they may reach their full potential.

The young people took inspiration from South African rugby international, Thinus Delport, who came out for a day to work with young people who had enrolled on the programme. He encouraged them to work through the programme and adapt it to their everyday life.

The programme aims to boost confidence, change behaviours, increase attainment and improve life skills through their six keys to success frame work. These are metal toughness, hunger to achieve, people skills, sports and life knowledge, braking barriers and planning for success.

The Engage project incorporated this into their curriculum and ran it alongside the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

Ethan excelled in the programme showing his mentor how he could embrace its main principles and how he could relate them to his personal life.

Sky Sports recognised the distance and barriers Ethan has overcome through learning and awarded him the top prize of £50 in vouchers. The Engage project also received £500 towards their next sky sports living for sports project, an extra school visit from an athlete mentor and free sky sports TV subscription.

Ethan has now been invited to the national final which will be held in January.

Council Leader, Ali Thomas said, "This is an excellent example of how a young person can embrace help offered by these programmes and turn their life around."

"My congratulations go to Ethan for his hard work and commitment and I wish him the best of luck in the final. I hope this success encourages other young people to try new challenges and embrace this kind of support so that all the skills learnt can help them now and in later life."

Lots of Fun
Come along and have lots of fun at your local Youth Club.

At club you will be given the opportunity to just chill out with your mates or to take part in sport, art and music projects. Many young people attending clubs get involved in organising charity events, do projects that improve their communities, join youth forums, organise day trips, take part in competitions and participate in residentials locally, across the UK and abroad.

Rolling Zone Bus
The Rolling Zone is a mobile youth club where young people can can just chill out with your mates or to take part in a range of different activities such as art, Xbox, Laptops and music projects. Many young people attending the Rolling Zone get involved in organising charity events, do projects that improve their communities, join youth forums, organise day trips, take part in competitions and participate in residentials locally, across the UK and abroad. Come along and join in the fun!

Young and Old find common ground
A mix of Neath Port Talbot's young and old met recently to talk about the issues that affect their everyday lives.
The Older Persons' Council and the Youth Council surprisingly found they had lots in common.
Established 'voices of the community', youth council members are up to 25, with the Older Persons Council represent the 50+ age group.
The fear of crime, living off a fixed income and access to transport and competing for jobs all featured heavily in what's important to them.
Later this month representatives will meet Councillors to discuss these issues and bring about change.
Youth Council's Adam Amor said, "With the current economic climate and fitter older people, those over 60 are remaining in jobs, or taking the kind of part time and low pay work that has been the mainstay of younger people leaving school or to support them through college"
Clive Owen, Chair of the OPC added, "The majority of people who use public transport are the younger and older generation. Reduced services, particularly in rural communities, has an impact upon both of their lives."

 

 

 

 


 

 


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