Four young people who attend youth clubs across Pembrokeshire celebrated achieving their ‘Senior Member' status. The young people completed a 6 month training programme, which included accredited courses: Agored Cymru Junior Youth Group Leadership training; HeartStart - Emergency First Aid; Level 2 Food Safety in Catering; Level 1 Child Protection training and the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
As part of the programme, the young people also signed up as Millennium Volunteers (a scheme supported by PAVS). Millennium Volunteers make a commitment to work in their communities over the course of a year. The young people volunteered in their youth clubs and their communities, and all achieved a minimum of 50 hours each, with two Senior Members achieving 200 hours of volunteering time.
Community Youth Worker Steve Lewis said, "The Senior Member programme aims to accredit what young people have learned through their involvement as active volunteers in their youth clubs and communities. I have nothing but praise for this committed and motivated group of young people who have planned, delivered and assessed fun and engaging activities for young people attending their local Youth Club."
Senior Practitioner for Pembrokeshire Youth Liz Griffiths said "Pembrokeshire Youth's ‘Senior Member Training' has been developed into a comprehensive programme of units which introduce the concept of Continuing Professional Development to the young people and allows them to reflect on their own practice, in particular how they have utilised newly acquired skills and knowledge. These young people have shown dedication and determination to achieve ‘Senior Member' status and are a credit to Pembrokeshire Youth Service as well as themselves."
A presentation lunch was held to celebrate the young people's achievements and the young people were presented with their certificates.
(L-R) Senior members: Rachael Jenkins (Fishguard Youth Club) Zoe Aylward (Fishguard Youth Club) Chloe Bevan (Haverfordwest Youth Club)
Not in photo: Sydnee Turner (Pembroke Dock Youth Club)