A young woman from Hengoed has launched a campaign to demonstrate the positive difference youth clubs can make to children’s lives.
21-year-old Shauna Webb and her team want to show that a world without youth clubs is a pretty sad one and encourage key decision makers to keep them open.
They have created a film to explain how a lack of education and safety provided by a youth club could have serious consequences.
‘The film is really powerful and gets the message across. We just want to keep youth clubs open,’ she says.
‘Youth clubs engage, educate and encourage young people to communicate. They build confidence and they teach you all about the world, even things like sex education.
‘Children can go and chat with other people their age and the youth workers about their problems.
‘It’s a fun, educational, safe social space where young people can gather and be themselves. They will lose out if they close and I don’t want children in the area to go through that.
‘Without continued funding and support the future could look pretty sad.’
The team will be launching their film at the annual youth work conference in Cardiff on March 21, attendees of which include the minister for Welsh language and lifelong learning Eluned Morgan.
‘We’re feeling really positive about the launch event. We want people who deal with youth clubs and help keep them open to see the film and see how important they are,’ says Shauna.
Shauna has experienced the positive impact of youth clubs first hand and has been attending Cefn Hengoed youth club since she was 12.
‘When I was younger I was pretty quiet and I’d just hide myself away in the corner, but going to the youth club helped me to gain confidence. At first I wouldn’t talk to anyone, but the youth workers helped me through it and gave me activities to do which built my confidence.
‘We do arts and crafts, there’s a pool table and we can learn things like cooking skills.
‘We’re asking the government to please continue to support youth clubs and look after our future.’
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