Abergele Community Action has received funding for Abergele Youth Shed. £9,691 from Gwynt y Môr Community Fund helped to unlock additional match funding from Awards For All and the Youth Shed building has now been refurbished.
The Youth Shed provides an after school provision for up to 20 young people at each session, giving them a safe place until 5.30pm. They are also hosting small group sessions for young people who are or are at risk of being excluded from school or are not in education employment or training. The sessions encourage young people to engage and include activities to increase their skills as well as support for them to return to education, training or employment.
The refurbishment means that one room is equipped with two kitchen work stations where young people can gather to cook and enjoy a meal together seated around a table. This space is also used for informal teaching, discussion and activities. The second room is used as a communal workshop providing opportunities for young people to pursue activities of their choice including bicycle maintenance and woodwork.
‘It’s great having a place to go to after school where we can just hang out and get something to eat’
‘I like all the good stuff that we do like graffiti and cooking’
‘We get to do all sorts of things – I’m looking forward to doing photography at the castle in half term’
‘We had a great day out in Llanwrst for the Eisteddfod. I’ve never been to it before and thought it was all about speaking Welsh’
'Gwynt y Mor funding is a great source of funding for us - I don't know what we would do without it!'