Monday, September 25, 2017

5 young ladies “inspire” in the Gambia

Lauren Lewis, 17, Jade Griffiths, 17, Chloe Roberts, 17,  Emma Baker, 16, and Katelyn Owen Jones, 14, set out to support and inspire others to make a difference to the lives of people living in third world countries such as Gambia.

They worked with our Youth Work in Education Team and developed the Creating Change project which eventually saw them raise over £12,500 through fashion shows, bingo, Christmas fates, duck races 3 peak challenge sponsored canoeing and much much more!

The five then travelled to the Gunjur Project in Gambia whose focus is to ensure that all who visit The Gambia leave making a positive impact on the local community and The Gambia as a whole. Once there they used their hard earned funds to support three children to study and go to school for three years, funding for one young person their studies to become a midwife to help her family and friends and for one man to work in the local bird sanctuary which will help him support his family for ten for one year.

GET INSTANT NEWS AND INFO FROM WREXHAM COUNCIL WITH MYUPDATES.

They also managed to provide mosquito nets, first aid supplies, sanitary products and stationary and painting supplies for a local primary school.  As an added bonus the project saw the outside of the school walls painted in white wash and decorated with bright children’s designs.

The Gunjur Project focus is to ensure that all who visit whether they be holiday makers or volunteers leave making a positive impact on the local community and The Gambia as a whole.

Their work has now been recognised by the Youth Work in Excellence Awards for promoting Health and Wellbeing at a recent event in our capital city of Cardiff.  They also received a 50 hrs Global Millennium Award which recognised their contribution to overseas volunteering on the same night.

Cllr Paul Rogers, Lead Member for Youth Services and Anti Poverty, said;

“These 5 young ladies are an inspiration to all who read their story.  Their compassion and humanity stands out and I congratulate them for their awards which are well deserved.”

The Award was presented by the Children’s Commissioner for Wales, Sally Holland.

Caroline Bennett and Tina Edwards, who Youth Workers, spoke on behalf of all the group said:

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone involved in the project as it would not have been this successful nor would the young people had such an amazing experience if it wasn’t for the support of so many people.”

Get instant news and info from Wrexham Council with MyUpdates.

Source: https://news.wrexham.gov.uk/5-young-ladies-inspire-in-the-gambia/ (Thu Aug 31st 2017)

Leanne Hughes
Leanne Hughes
Local News & Events, Welsh Politics
Caerphilly & Merthyr Tydfil

Let's Get Digital, Digital!

;

All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week.

;

No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service.

;

The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will include information stalls, seminars and workshops with activities available to suit a variety of ages and capabilities.

;

The day will also provide an opportunity for people to enrol on a wide variety of Adult Community Learning courses including courses for help people gain skills they need to get back into work, exciting courses from crafts to computers and as well as accessible learning opportunities for adults with additional needs.

;

Workshops in the festival include an ‘Appy hour' for all those confused by just what their smartphone or tablet can do, Minecraft club for children to build and explore their own world in a safe, offline environment, a local ancestry and family history workshop with Glamorgan Family History Society, a social media seminar, 3D printing demonstration, digital garden design and much more.

;

Visitors to the library will also be able to find out about the latest cutting edge photography equipment available, learn about the latest virtual reality technology to help people gain an understanding of what it is like to suffer from dementia and lots of information about the activities and resources on offer in Cardiff Libraries.

;

Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities, Cllr Lynda Thorne, said: "Digifest is a great initiative by Cardiff Libraries and Adult Community Learning to help people find out more about every day technology, how to get the best out of it and how to enjoy using it. There's a packed schedule of innovative activities running throughout the day for real novices to those who already embrace technology in their lives but want to learn more.

;

"Central Library Hub is a first class facility with its own digital floor and Digif' title='Let's Get Digital, Digital!' alt='Let's Get Digital, Digital!'>

Let's get digital, digital! ; All things digital will be celebrated in a ‘festival' at Central Library Hub next week. ; No wellies or glow-sticks are required for Digifest, a special event on Saturday, September 9 organised by Cardiff Library Service and Adult Community Learning Service. ; The digital fun from 10am to 5pm will in...

South Wales Police media statement following the IPCC independent investigation into the force’s response to reports, information and intelligence about the alleged criminal conduct of Ian Watkins between 2008-2012

South Wales Police media statement following the IPCC independent investigation into the force’s response to reports, information and intelligence about the alleged criminal conduct of Ian Watkins between 2008-2012

In 2012 South Wales Police initiated its own review into the sequence of events prior to the arrest of Ian Watkins. The force identified that there were issues of concern and instigated a comprehensive overhaul of systems, policies and procedures whilst also voluntarily referring the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission....