This year Communities First introduced Activate, a fun and interactive 3 day event for local youths from the CF wards held at Barry Comprehensive school during the October half term.
The youngsters, aged 9-15, engaged in football, martial arts, rounders, cooking classes and several creative pop-art and cartoon drawing workshops. The young people also undertook a Victim Empathy awareness workshop discussing issues around the potential impact of anti social behaviour on the victim/wider community.
The event was hosted and organised by Communities First, through funding provided by the Welsh Government Community Cohesion funds. The event was supported by the Gibbonsdown, Court and Castleland PCSOs, local artist Neil Alexander, Art group Pink Diesel, the Community Wellbeing Coaches, Penarth Youth Project and Vale Youth service.
The week was a resounding success with both staff and young people having a great time, and appreciating the opportunity for positive interaction. The young people demonstrated their talents throughout the week. Communities First hope to have ‘Activated’ some inspiration for the young people to carry on and progress with their skills.