Pembrokeshire Youth Bank is a grant giving scheme run by young people for young people. They provide small grants of up to £500 to projects led by young people, of benefit to young people and the community and is unique in that it is a group of young people who make decisions about how the scheme is run and who gets the money. During 2018/19 they have awarded over £11,000 to 33 projects around Pembrokeshire.
Youth Bank receives money from the Welsh Government, under its Prosperity for All Strategy, and also funding from Pembrokeshire's youth service.
As we have to meet funding criteria for two separate funding pots, projects are asked to explain how they meet at least one of the following criteria:
Welsh Government "Prosperity for All" funding criteria:
• early years - e.g. projects where young people provide support or activities for young children
• better mental health - e.g. projects to promote or support mental well-being
• housing - e.g. any projects to support young people with housing issues
• skills & employability - e.g. projects that give young people skills to help them get a job in future
• social care - e.g. projects involving young people who are looked after (in foster care)
• Decarbonisation - e.g. projects to support the environment
Pembrokeshire Youth Bank criteria:
• Community - e.g. projects that benefit the local community
• Charity - e.g. projects where young people raise money for charity
• Poverty - e.g. projects help young people in poverty, or in an area where there is poverty
• Enterprise - e.g. if your project is to buy materials to make things for an enterprise project
• Well-being - e.g. any projects that support physical or mental well-being
Full list of projects funded by Youth Bank during 2018/19:
• The Great Youth Council Bake-Off, where teams of young people and decision-makers competed to bake cakes judged by their local Member of Parliament Stephen Crabb and Assembly Member Paul Davies.
• Oberkirch Exchange Visit, where a group of young people from Haverfordwest helped to host a visit by young people from their twin town of Oberkirch in Germany, learning about both cultures and hosting 3 evenings of activities.
• About Me! Is a project by Pembrokeshire Junior Safeguardians to support young people in foster care with a folder all about them, a person-centred record of things important to children and young people which they can take with them into adulthood. The group also had a grant to purchase information resources for their annual Safeguarding conference for young people, and to develop a research project about what safeguarding means to young people, and how to keep young people safe.
• What Matters to You? Is a county-wide consultation carried out by Pembrokeshire's Youth Assembly to find out what the most important issues for young people in Pembrokeshire are. Young people consulted with over 3,500 young people and found the most important issue was to save Withybush Hospital, followed by supporting young people with mental health and bullying. The group also received funding to produce more information about the Youth Assembly and promote its work.
• Merlin Theatre Company received 3 small grants from Youth Bank for the college's Performing Arts students to run a fund-raising evening in order to raise money for their upcoming productions.
• Greenhill School PSD Year 10 group wanted to organise beach cleans to support the local community and protect wildlife. Youth Bank funded them to buy the proper equipment to help with the litter picking.
• Friends of The Mount supported a group of young people to run weekly play sessions for children and young people during the summer holidays, gaining valuable skills and helping their community.
• A Victorian-style afternoon tea for pensioners in the Milford Haven community helped young people to be active citizens and show they can make a difference within their communities.
• Milford Haven Sea Cadets purchased tents for expeditions, which allowed more young people to complete their Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. The group also received funding to put 12 members through their RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship course, thus allowing young people to gain future employability skills.
• Narberth Youth Theatre purchased a "stage in a box" which allows senior members the chance to creatively plan their productions and open up a variety of career paths and opportunities.
• Mastlebridge Dungeons and Dragons Club purchased new equipment and received support for the rental of their local community hall, in order to keep the club running and attract new members.
• Welsh Cultural Residential - a group of young people from Fishguard, Goodwick, Haverfordwest and Milford Haven youth clubs had fun learning about Welsh culture on a residential in Cardiff, which was affordable for more young people due to a grant from Youth Bank
• The emotional health support group club at a Haverfordwest secondary school received a grant to create a "positive message mural." This activity helped them to gain valuable skills themselves and also to promote a positive message for others who access the space. Young people from Haverfordwest High school also received a grant to improve the youth room at their school, making it a more young-person friendly environment.
• Fishguard Sea Cadets will be educating others in CPR First Aid with a training AED machine (an automated external defibrillator, which is a portable electronic device that automatically diagnoses problems with heart rhythms and treats them through defibrillation)
• Democracy Champions from every secondary school in Pembrokeshire received training on the democratic process and will be spreading the word in their schools about the upcoming Votes@16 and encouraging others to enrol as a voter.
• St David's Youth Club wanted to help their community by creating a multi-purpose outdoor activity play area for the lower foundation phase children at their local primary school. This helped the young people involved to gain valuable skills and provided the children with a more child-friendly environment.
• Fishguard and Goodwick Young Persons Trust (POINT) "digi champs" wanted to purchase a computer to run sessions to help older people in the community with their digital questions. This intergenerational project also helped the digi champs to attain their volunteering element of the Duke of Edinburgh's Award.
• Pembrokeshire College Learner Voice Group (a student-led platform within the college used to promote and encourage students to have a voice on what they think about college) purchased a photo booth, as they had previously hired one for events such as Mental health Awareness Days and Anti-Bullying initiatives. The group realised that this is a very good way to encourage more students to get involved with whatever is taking place.
• Milford Haven Youth Council are working on raising young people's awareness of mental health and well-being, and received funding for resources to put on some taster days focused on mental health for young people and community members.
• Haverfordwest Youth Club received funding to hold a "girls night" focused on mental health and well-being. Older members had spoken to some of the junior girls and decided to put on an evening for them where they take part in activities to make them feel good - nail art, face masks, creative activities and healthy food. They also invited guest speaker to talk about mental health at this event.
• 1st Johnston Scout Group wanted to work towards doing more outdoor activities and gain badges for hiking and navigating. Their maps were outdated and didn't have new roads on, so they asked for a grant to purchase new maps. The young people involved will gain the skills of map reading, navigation and expedition planning.
• Monkton Young People's First are a group of young people who want to provide activities for young people in Monkton. They received a grant to purchase play equipment which would allow them to put on play sessions after school and in the holidays, bringing children and adults together in creative play sessions.
• Cashfield Youth Club received funding to run a youth information project as part of their bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award skills and volunteering elements. They wanted to create an information board and newsletters for young people in their community, with information on their youth club, as well as subjects such as health and employability. The young people received funding for a computer and printer to produce the information.
• Race at Your Pace was a project idea from Tanyard Youth project, encouraging better mental and physical health by providing young people with equipment such as pedometers. The group plan to go on walks together every week, encouraging each other to exercise more. The young people involved felt this project would help them with their Duke of Edinburgh's Award and also get to know their community better.
• Merrymakers Theatre Company are a small theatre group specialising in outdoor performances for children and families. They received funding to rehearse and develop 3 new outdoor performances which they will put on at Pembroke Castle.