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The Committee received a report which contained information on the work of the Vale Youth Forum (the Forum) funded via the Vale Voluntary Action Scheme (VAS). 


The Committee was informed that 2013/14 had been the third and final year of VAS funding for the Forum.  The aim over the three years had been to develop the Forum into a more sustainable and established organisation of young people that represented 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 affected young people within the Vale of Glamorgan.


The Vale Centre for Voluntary Services (VCVS) was pleased to report that this goal had been successfully achieved.  Within the report presented to the Committee were the statistics for the Forum and also illustrated the work that the Forum had carried out in 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 work with youth provision 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 report detailed the following information:


·               The Forum had met 25 times since October, 2013 and had 51 new members

·               All Forum members were signed up to the Millennium Volunteer or Star Volunteer Awards and certificates for their volunteer hours would be awarded to the young people at their AGM in November.

·               The Forum had held two Forum Recruitment Events outside of Schools for Youth Provisions and Voluntary Agencies and two Meet and Greet Events with the new members

·               The Forum had undertaken 15 Training Workshops, including two Saturday training days

·               The Forum included members from:


Voluntary Youth Provisions including:


-               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 of Glamorgan Schools including:


-               Cowbridge Comprehensive

-               Ashgrove School

-               Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg

-               St. Richard Gwyn R/C School

-               Stanwell Comprehensive

-               Barry Comprehensive

-               Bryn Hafren Comprehensive


Vale Youth Service Provisions


-               The Hub Youth Provision

-               Young Inspectors


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


The Forum also had independent young members, who had not been voted directly from an organisation, but who felt their input for their area would be beneficial to their area / community.


The Committee was informed that it had been a busy and hugely successful year for the Forum members. In addition to their recruitment and training and the work of the Forum, it had been nominated at the Vale of Glamorgan Youth Awards in the Participation Category and was Highly Commended.


Candy Srinivas had won the WCVA Young Volunteer of the Year, in part for her

voluntary role as a member of the Forum and as Vice Chair of the Forum.


All of the work undertaken by the Forum was underpinned by the National

Children and Young People’s Participation Kite Mark for Wales Award which had been achieved in 2012.  The Committee was also informed that four Forum members represented the Forum on the Welsh Assembly Government’s Funky Dragon Grand Council.


Work had continued to raise the profile of the Forum and 15 articles had been produced for the Vale of Glamorgan Swoosh website and 12 articles had been printed in the local Vale of Glamorgan papers including the Barry and District, Penarth Times and The Gem.


Ms. Connor, Executive Director of the VCVS, stated that the Forum had achieved what they had set out to and the Youth Forum Co-ordinator post had been hosted by the VCVS and helped to access Voluntary Action Scheme funding. 


Following the presentation of the report a Member extended congratulations to the Forum on their excellent successes including the Vale Youth Cabinet and asked what the future held with regard to the end of the funding for the project.  In response Ms. Connor informed the Committee that they had been unsuccessful in bidding for funding from People and Places, however advised that they could relook at their bid or participate with the Consortium Development Project with a view to securing funding.  She further informed the Committee that there were a variety of opportunities with regards to funding bids; however as they no longer had a paid employee it would be a lot to ask volunteers to complete a strategy for fundraising. 


The Children and Young People’s Partnership Manager, stated that the Youth Service had also released an officer to work with the Youth Cabinet and that this funding would continue until March 2015 or possibly until June/July 2015, however, they would need to approach the Trustees with regards to a way forward.  He further stated that funding streams had changed and that the Youth Service may need to pick up this work area, however, they would continue to struggle. 


Following the presentation of the report it was




(1)       T H A T the Committee noted the content of the report.


(2)       T H A T the report be recommended to Cabinet for information.


Reasons for recommendations


(1)       To have regard to the content of the report.


(2)       To apprise Cabinet of the work of the Vale Youth Forum.






Attached as Appendix – Report to Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 23rd September 2014