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Rights Ambassadors offer new opportunity for young people


19 September 2016

 

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

 

The project has been running for two years, with those taking part commenting on how much they have learned from their experiences, as well as how enjoyable and worthwhile the project was.


The Rights Ambassadors initiative allows young people, between the ages of 11 and 25, to learn about the rights that all children and young people possess - as specified in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). This showcases how a child’s rights can impact everyday life.


Previous Rights Ambassadors have created and delivered a range of workshops to children, young people and councillors throughout the Vale, and have also worked with the office of the Children’s Commissioner for Wales to deliver a primary school event for pupils from across the county. Additionally, the project was a finalist in this year’s Youth Excellence Award for the Outstanding Rights Youth Work Project.

 
Rights Ambassadors is being run by the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Youth Service and funded by the Vale of Glamorgan Children and Young People’s Partnership. It enables young people to earn an accredited unit from Agored Cymru, achieve Millennium Volunteers Awards, and accumulate volunteering hours for their Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Furthermore, young people can use the project as part of their Key Stage 4 and Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Community Challenge. This year, for instance, has seen the Rights Ambassadors Project enable twenty-two young people from across the Vale complete an accredited Agored Cymru Unit on the UNCRC.


Young people who are interested in finding out more about the project are invited to attend one of the meet & greet sessions that will be held throughout the Vale of Glamorgan between 24 October and 6 November 2016. For details about, and to register for these sessions, young people need to contact Geraint Evans on 02920 701254, or email gdevans@valeofglamorgan.gov.uk no later than Friday 14 October 2016.