Maerdy Youth

Maerdy Youth Group was established in January 2015 and meets at and is managed by Canolfan Maerdy in Tairgwaith.  However, it is an independently constituted group and has over 220 registered members aged between 11 and 18.  The youth meet weekly on Wednesday and Thursday evenings between 5.30 and 8pm and Saturday mornings.  As well as coming together to discuss and ‘have a voice’ on various matters affecting them, the group also enjoy lots of fun activities, including:

  • Indoor and outdoor sports
  • Cooking
  • Arts and crafts sessions
  • Music and dance
  • Visiting speakers
  • Residential activity trips
  • Youth Forum

They also have a tuck shop, and in the lighter evenings, use is made of the outside space by helping maintain Canolfan Maerdy’s community garden, having barbecues and playing outdoor games.

May 2018’s weekly Programme is as follows:

DAY DATE TIME ACTIVITY/IES LEADER NOTES
Wed 02/05/2018 5.30-8pm Sexual Health Advice

Cooking Workshop

Zoe/ Leander We will be running session with young people to help promote healthy relationships and help young people have a better understanding of sexual health.

Cooking workshop to help improve basic life skills for young people

Thu 03/05/2018 5.30-8pm Sports and Games Zoe/PASS Coach Facilitating games and sports for young people in youth club in fun and creative ways with a qualified coach from PASS
Wed 09/05/2018 5.30-8pm Emotion Bingo Leander A workshop to help build resilience and self-esteem.
Thu 10/05/2018 5.30-8pm Sports and Outside Crafts Sara/PASS Coach Facilitating games and sports for young people in youth club in fun and creative ways with a qualified coach from PASS and some outside craft sessions
Sat 12/05/2018 11-2pm Wellbeing Café Zoe Providing support on:

Emotional Wellness, Anxiety, Depression, Living with Disabilities, Sexual Health, Relationships, Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles, Smoking Cessation, Drugs and Alcohol Services

Wed 16/05/2018 5.30-8pm Drug Advice and Awareness WACDA Visit from a guest speaker looking at raising awareness on drugs and giving the young people an opportunity to seek help through signposting
Thu 17/05/2018 5.30-8pm Nutrition Advice PASS Coach Leander/

PASS Coach

Health and Nutrition advice and

Outside Sports

Wed 23/05/2018 5.30-8pm Sweet Day! Games all things sweet Zoe SWEET GAMES

Our Club prides itself on the healthy lifestyle approach, but every now and then we have a little reward, a sweet reward!

Thu 24/05/2018 5.30-8pm Career, college and Job advice using the Careers Wales tool kit Zoe Helping young people look to the future and understand what’s available using career wales website

Outside Sports

Sat 26/05/2018 11-2pm Wellbeing Café Zoe Providing support on:

Emotional Wellness, Anxiety, Depression, Living with Disabilities, Sexual Health, Relationships, Healthy Eating, Healthy Lifestyles, Smoking Cessation, Drugs and Alcohol Services

Wed 30/05/2018 5.30-8pm Pendant & Soap Making Leander Craft making in preparation of stall in summer fete
Thur 31/05/2018 5.30-8pm Craft

Sports

Zoe/ PASS Coach Craft making in preparation for stall in summer fete

PASS Sports

 

Maerdy Youth also works with a range of partner organisations including YMCA Swansea, Neath Port Talbot PASS, Y Banwen, University of Wales Trinity St David, Street Games and Whitehead Ross to provide lots of different experiences and opportunities that the group would otherwise not be able to enjoy.

The group are proud holders of Street Games’ Street Mark – enabling them to support Street Games mission to change sport, change communities and change lives by helping to take sport to the doorstep in disadvantaged communities.

Street Mark576
A ‘drop in’ Youth Wellness Café is held every other Saturday morning between 10am and 2pm which provides qualified support to young people who are suffering with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress and other emotional health problems.  Young people can receive 1:1 or group support or use arts therapy through and with our facilitators to help them improve their wellbeing.
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