What is Engage?
To provide additional, individualised and intensive support for young people who are at risk, in order to ensure that they gain skills and confidence to succeed in education, employment and training and to reduce the numbers of young people in SW Wales who are not in employment, education or training (NEET), at risk of becoming so or who are failing to reach their full potential.
Engage focuses on the needs of young people aged 14-19 who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET. Engage will be targeting 13,401 young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET across the region. In Carmarthenshire County Council we have a target to meet the needs of 2,669 young people who are NEET or at risk of becoming NEET.
The project started in September 2009 and is funded until November 30th 2012. It is led by Neath Port Talbot and includes the colleges and the local authorities in Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Swansea and Neath Port Talbot. It is a regional European project funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) under Convergence. Regionally the project is worth £32.5 m. In Carmarthenshire, the project (including partner match funding) is worth nearly £6m and is delivered via a range of Carmarthenshire County Council departments, the Youth Offending Service, Coleg Sir Gâr, Menter Cwm Gwendraeth, Menter Bro Dinefwr and CAVS.
CAVS was successful in gaining a contract through Carmarthenshire County Council to deliver an element of the Engage project – Increasing volunteering opportunities for young people between 14 and 19 years old Carmarthenshire wide.
CAVS Engage Project
CAVS Engage project can offer you these opportunities through volunteering. The range of voluntary opportunities is huge – whatever skills or experience you have there is something that you can do.
Volunteering can offer challenging and interesting opportunities for all young people:
- It can help you acquire new skills and knowledge
- Challenge and develops you personally
- Good as work experience for your CV
- Gives you a feeling of satisfaction
- Great way to gain experience, confidence
- Learn new skills
- … And much more.
The project can offer you Agored Cymru accredited training in ‘Volunteering and Community Work’, Practical Volunteering Skills, Music production, Digital Editing and Photography. You also be given the opportunity to join the Millennium Volunteers scheme and gain recognition for your voluntary work in the community.
Interested? … Contact Fflur, Engage Youth Volunteering Officer at CAVS now on 01267 245 555 / 07827 828852 / email@example.com. You can also find us on facebook and twitter – CAVS Volunteer Centre