Agenda Item No


The Vale of Glamorgan Council


Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee 23rd September 2014


Report of the Voluntary Sector


Vale Youth Forum - End of Project Report


Purpose of the Report

To provide the Committee with information on the work of the Vale Youth Forum funded via the Vale Voluntary Action Scheme.


That the Committee receive the report for information.



2013/14 has been the third and final year of VAS – Voluntary Action Scheme funding for the Vale Youth Forum.  The aim over the three years was to develop the Vale Youth Forum into a more sustainable and established organisation of young people that represent their communities both in and out of school and to develop a Vale Youth Council, democratically elected to debate, influence and scrutinise issues which directly affect young people within the Vale of Glamorgan. 

Relevant Issues and Options

We are pleased to report that this goal has been successfully achieved.  Within this report, are presented the statistics of the Vale Youth Forum and demonstrate the work of the Vale Youth Forum reaching new members from across the Vale of Glamorgan from areas ranging from Colwinston and Wick through Barry, Dinas Powys and Penarth and involving young people from local schools, Youth Service provision, Community First provision and Third Sector youth provision. The latter has included  organisations such as Young Carers, Penarth Youth Projects Disability Teen Scheme and United Youth Club for young people with Asperger Syndrome and Higher Functioning Autism and Vale People First.  The Vale Youth Forum also has 'independent' young members, who have not been voted directly from an Organisation, but who feel their input for their area would be beneficial to their area/community. 

Vale of Glamorgan Youth Awards

It has been a busy and hugely successful Year for our Vale Youth Forum (VYF) members this year.  In addition to their recruitment and training and work of the Vale Youth Forum, the VYF were nominated at the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Awards in the Participation Category and were Highly Commended.

5.      WCVA Volunteer of the Year

  • Candy Srinivas won the WCVA young Volunteer of the Year, in part for her
  • Voluntary role as a member and as the Vice Chair of the Vale Youth Forum.


6.         Millennium and Star Volunteers:


  • All Members are registered to the Millennium Volunteer Awards and Star Volunteer
  • Awards. Certificates for their volunteer hours will be awarded to the young people at our AGM in November.


7.         National Children and Young Peoples Participation Kite Mark for Wales


  • All of the work undertaken by the Vale Youth Forum is underpinned by the National
  • Children and Young Peoples Participation Kite Mark for Wales Award which was achieved in 2012.


8.         Statistics


  • The Vale Youth Forum:

-      met 25 times since October, 2013.

-      has 51 new members

-      all VYF members are signed up to Millennium Volunteer or Star Volunteer Awards

-      held 2 VYF Recruitment Events outside of Schools for Youth Provisions and Voluntary Agencies.

-      held 2 Meet and Greet Events with the new members.

-      undertook 15 Training Workshops, including two Saturday training days.

-      have members from: Young Carers, Vale People First, Penarth Youth Project United Youth Club, Penarth Youth

       Project Disability Teen Scheme, Action for Children, Wick Youth Club, Army Cadets, (Vale Schools) - Cowbridge,

       Ashgrove, Bro Morgannwg, St. Richard Gwyn, Stanwell, Barry Comprehensive, Bryn Hafren, (Vale Youth Service) -

       The Hub Youth Provision, Young Inspectors.


-      Recruited the first Youth Councillors and delivered the first Youth Cabinet in the Vale of Glamorgan.


9.         Funky Dragon Representation:


4 Vale Youth Forum Members represent the Vale Youth Forum on the Welsh Assembly Governments Funky Dragon Grand Council.


10.       Raising the Profile of the Vale Youth Forum:


-     Raising of the profile of the Vale Youth Forum was continued.  The following articles were produced and  published

       in print and online:

-     15 articles for the Vale of Glamorgan “Swoosh†website and

-     12 articles have been printed in the local Vale of Glamorgan papers including the Barry and District, Penarth Times

      and The Gem.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment)

11.    The Project was funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Voluntary Action Scheme which has now ceased and the Youth Forum  has struggled to find alternative resources. 

Sustainability and Climate Change Implications


Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)


Crime and Disorder Implications


Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)


Corporate/Service Objectives


Policy Framework and Budget


Consultation (including Ward Member Consultation)


Relevant Scrutiny Committee


Background Papers

Appendix 1- Vale Youth Forum Evaluation


Contact Officer

Rachel Connor, Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services


Officers Consulted


Responsible Officer:

Rachel Connor,

Executive Director, Vale Centre for Voluntary Services