St John Cymru Wales has been awarded £3330 by the South Wales Police Youth Trust, an independent grant giving trust.
The grant has enabled St John Wales to provide essential training, buy equipment and produce promotional material to facilitate the delivery of the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award to young people, aged 14-25 years old, from Cardiff, Neath Port Talbot and Swansea. The first expedition with nine young people from the Llanederyn Division is taking place this Bank Holiday weekend in the Gower.
St John Wales will deliver the Duke of Edinburgh scheme with the aim to increase the number of participants each year; from 15 in the first year to 30 in year two and 45 in year three.
Chief Constable Peter Vaughan says “The South Wales Police Youth Trust is delighted to be able to assist St John Wales in delivering the Duke of Edinburgh. The award is renowned for empowering young people by helping them to develop essential life skills and promoting self worth, which in turn helps divert young people away from crime and anti social behaviour.”
St John Wales has 4,600 volunteers with over 75% of its membership under the age of 25, and many from disadvantaged communities. This grant will help allow St John Wales to offer the Duke of Edinburgh award to those who may not ordinarily have access to the scheme due to financial constraints.
The Duke of Edinburgh award programme has been positively endorsed by current St John Wales’ members through feedback gained at Youth Leader Development workshops and Youth Leader conferences.
Damian Thomas, Director of Youth at St John Wales says “We were delighted to be given this money and have used it to buy outdoor equipment, such as tents and backpacks, which will be essential for us to deliver the Duke of Edinburgh scheme to our youth volunteers. Every donation we receive helps us to encourage more people to learn life-saving first aid and goes towards achieving our aim of having a first aider on every street in Wales.”
As a licensed provider of the Duke of Edinburgh award, St John Wales’ Unit Youth Leaders will maximise access to this development programme by promoting the scheme, organising and delivering expeditions.
For more information about South Wales Police Youth Trust, please visit www.south-wales.police.uk/more-about-us/south-wales-police-youth-trust/