Situated in the centre of Cwmbran town, Cwmbran Centre for young People (CCYP) is accessible for all young people in the local area and cater for any young person from any social or economic background.
The centre also provides a resource base for groups working with young people that include Youth Offending Services, Social Services, Torfaen Training and other training providers, local schools and other community and voluntary services that support young people.
They are also able to provide a wide range of courses through ASDAN and Agored Cymru plus qualifications in Essential Skills Wales. The centre also has a number of sustainable social enterprise projects, Butterflies crèche which provides childcare for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years and caters for young single parents. They also provide lunch clubs which are located within the local community and provide lunches to senior citizens and a kitchen which provides affordable meals for young people and a male football team.
15 years ago they started CCYP with £65,000 and a lot of hard work! Disadvantaged young people in Torfaen were leaving the supportive school environment with little encouragement or opportunities to achieve their potential. At this time CCYP was open for 46 hours a week, supporting 25-30 young people; and today they open for 86 hours per week, with 35 staff supporting over 400 young people a week.
They saw private sector training agencies delivering traditional curriculums in a classroom environment, at times and locations that were often unsuitable for young people. At first they took placements from these agencies but quickly decided it was not effective. Instead they took a fresh approach and trained the youth work staff in the skills and qualifications to simultaneously support and train young people, which they are paid by other agencies to deliver.
CCYP set out to make the business model sustainable, securing a mixed income base from WEFO, Big-Lottery, WCVA, Arts Council for Wales and Lloyds Bank Foundation.
Through Big Lottery and European funding they established a trading arm ‘Randomz’, which trains young people by doing real work in e.g. design and printing, a Street Food Academy, a recycling and upcycling project, Vulture Designs, Torfonix Music Academy and Multi Sport Academy.
Despite the red tape and bureaucracy, European Funding has enabled CCYP to grow rapidly, including the creation of a purpose built training suite. Through the Objective One Programme 2000-2006 they ran a very successful multi-agency project called SAVY (Skills Apprenticeships for Vulnerable Young People), which delivered holistic support in one location. During the 2007-2013 programmes, they won grants from WCVA, Arts Council for Wales, and the Local Authority ‘Prevent’ project, and secured a Community and Economic Development Grant for Voluntary Sector Organisations.
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