We are over the moon, after a rigorous selection process it has been announced that we have been shortlisted for three Welsh Government Youth Work Excellence Awards

Almost 25 years since the first Youth Work Excellence Awards were launched in Wales to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects, youth workers and those involved in youth work across Wales. We are so excited to share that we have been nominated and shortlisted for the following categories;

  • Carmarthenshire Youth Council – Outstanding Youth Work Project: Promoting Young People’s Rights
  • Amber Treharne – Outstanding Individual: Making a Difference
  • Sarah Powell – Outstanding Individual: Outstanding Youth Worker

Our Chairperson Brittany said “I am extremely proud of all members of the youth council for being shortlisted for the Award for our work promoting Childrens Rights and striving to ensure young people are listened to. By being shortlisted, hopefully the Youth Council can promote the excellent work we do on a wider scale and more young people will have their voices heard. I’m delighted that I will be one of the young people who will be up in North Wales at the ceremony on behalf of the youth council.”

Talking about being shortlisted for the Outstanding Individual: Making a Difference Award, Amber said “It was really exciting to find out that I have been shortlisted. It’s the enthusiasm of other young people highlighting issues important to them such as Period Poverty, Real Learning 4 Real Life and Brexit that has pushed me to meet with decisions makers to  make a difference, without it I wouldn’t have been able to achieve as much as I have”

Sarah Powell, Senior Participation and Children’s Rights Officer said “It’s a great pleasure to find that I’ve been shortlisted for an award. Being a Youth Worker for over 20 years, supporting young people to make a really difference to their own lives and the lives of others is an extremely enjoyable experience and I feel really grateful to be recognised for just doing something I love. If it wasn’t for the hard work, enthusiasm and commitment of the young people then the nomination would not have been possible, being shortlisted is a tribute to them” 

The winners will be announced on Friday 28 June 2019 at a prestigious Youth Work Excellence Awards Ceremony held in the Quay Hotel, Deganwy. This is an annual event that provides youth workers and young people with the opportunity to celebrate the achievements and impacts of youth work.  The Award Ceremony brings a weeklong celebration of Youth Work to an end as part of Youth Work Week in Wales which takes place between June 23 and June 30 2019.

Brittany also added “we would like to thank everyone involved with our work, the continued opportunities and support given to young people and the help and encouragement we receive to contribute and truly get involved! Our fingers are crossed ready for the ceremony at the end of June”