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Rights ambassadors bring children's rights to life

15 October 2015

Young people from across the Vale of Glamorgan are to be given another opportunity to participate in the exciting Rights Ambassadors project.

 

The project has been running for twelve months and enabled young people aged 11 to 25 to learn about the rights that all children and young people have as specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).

Project participants have created and delivered a range of workshops to children, young people youth workers and councillors throughout the Vale. The UNCRC was ratified by the United Kingdom in 1991 and Welsh Ministers pay due regard when Welsh Government policy is being formed and implemented.

The project, which is being run by the Vale Youth Service and funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Children and Young People’s Partnership, enables young people to achieve a Level 2 Agored Cymru Unit and Millennium Volunteers Awards.

Participants also accumulate volunteering hours for their Duke of Edinburgh Award and can use the project as part of their Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge.

Following the success of the project during its first year, young people from across the Vale have another opportunity to sign up and join the project by the end of October.  Young people who have been part of the project during the last year have said how much they have enjoyed it, learnt and experienced as a consequence of being part of it.

The success of the project has come to the attention of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Professor Sally Holland, who will be opening an event being organised by the Rights Ambassadors that is happening on the 20th November 2015, Universal Children’s Day. The event will support the training of the Children’s Commissioner’s Super Ambassadors Scheme in the Vale of Glamorgan.

The Super Ambassadors initiative to which primary schools can sign up to enables pupils to become the Commissioner’s Ambassadors within their schools and to fulfil three missions every term.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity or to join the Rights Ambassadors project please contact Geraint Evans by 23rd October by emailing thepoint@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk  or by phoning 02920 701254.