The course took place over a 3 day period at Brynteg Youth Centre, in Ebbw Vale and was open to young people aged 14 +, to learn and train to become a voluntary youth worker. After completing the course the young people are able to go on placement at a local youth club to volunteer to gain experience and the confidence to put what they learnt into action.
This course is excellent to take part in if you’re thinking about becoming a youth worker or even working with young people & children; It offered an insight into the purpose and the role of youth work, the policies and procedures volunteers and youth workers need to follow.
During the course the young people were able to get to know each other through getting involved in the variety ice breakers linking to the course topic’s; it also gave them an insight into the different activities they were able to do when on placement and/or when they start their careers.
Throughout the 3 day period and during their own time at home the young people have to fill in and complete the junior youth group leadership training course work provided by the YMCA college and to take part and learn from the different group activities.
Whilst on placement the young people will need to volunteer with anything the other staff members suggest, fill out paperwork which youth workers are required to do on a daily basis, completed/run an activity on their own involving the young people at the youth clubs and complete risk assessment forms.
At the end of the course the young people who have gotten involved and completed all the work that was needed and completed their time at placement (filling in the necessary forms and activities) will gain a level 2 in Junior Youth Group Leadership Training and will be entered into the millennium volunteers where they will need to complete so many hours (50, 100, 200) in volunteering which is a great opportunity and may help them in their future jobs.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone looking to go into youth work or even working with children as a job as it will give you the confidence and the education needed to enter this type of job, it is also a good way to get to know other people in the community and to gain valuable experience.
The plan is to run another course soon and if you would like be part of the next group then please contact Greg Morgan on 01495 355674 or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org