Youth Work

For more than 85 years Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales have been delivering youth work and our work is focused on the cooperation with our 170 member clubs which are located all around Wales in mainly disadvantaged areas. Our aim is to provide the best opportunities to the young people who are frequently attending our member clubs.

As one of the oldest youth organisations in Wales, we are at the forefront of youth work in Wales and we are keen to represent the views of our young people, leaders and clubs at a national level. Through being a member of CWVYS (Council of Wales for Voluntary Youth Services), Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales is able to influence current youth work policies and to remain aware of any changes.

Throughout all activities undertaken by Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales, the organisation is making use of the handbook “Principles and Practice of Youth Work in Wales” and is ensuring that our youth work remains educative, expressive, participative, inclusive and empowering. Please click here to take a look at the handbook.

It is very important for us to keep the youth work in our organisation at a high quality level. In 1992, Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs of Wales became a charity and we are frequently receiving awards to accredit our quality standard. These include awards by Investors by people and PQASSO (Practical Quality Assurance System for Small Organisations). We support our member clubs to improve their quality through giving advice on how to achieve a recognised quality standard and how they can gain charitable status. Additionally, every member club receives our Club Handbook which gives practical advice on how to deliver quality youth work to young people and we are providing all leaders and volunteers with the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Award in Youth Work and the Level 3 Certificate in Youth Work. These awards are delivered in partnership with the YMCA Wales Community College. Trustees, volunteers and leaders who would like to gain further understanding of youth work and gain an entry level 2 qualification also have the chance to take part in the Induction Programme “A Stepping Stone to Youth Work” by CWVYS.

We are also pleased to report that we have been very successful at this year's Youth Work Excellence Awards which were taken place at Venue Cymru in Llandudno on Friday, 24 June 2016. Our "Not The Usual Suspects" project won an award for the "Outstanding Rights Youth Work project" and our staff member Jonathan "Paz" Price received an award as the "Youth Worker of the Year". Additionally, Jonathan Evans, who is volunteering in our member club, Ton&Gelli Community Centre, won an award for his "Outstanding Contributuion to Youth Work". Please click here to find out more about this year's Youth Work Excellence Awards.

Our staff member Jonathan "Paz" Price won "Youth Worker of the Year" at this year's Youth Work Excellence Awards

Are you interested to find out more about Youth Work in Wales?


Then click here to learn more about the National Occupations Standards for Youth Work or here to take a look at the National Youth Service Strategy for Wales.

Are you looking for Youth Work resources?


Then take a look at the Youth Work Wales website here