Four youth organisations from across Wales have been recognised for the outstanding provision they provide to young people.
Cardiff Youth Service, Merthyr Tydfil Youth Service, Duke of Edinburgh Wales and the Urdd are the latest organisations to have their bronze award of the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales renewed.
The Quality Mark supports and recognises improving standards in the provision, practice and performance of organisations that deliver youth work. It helps those organisations demonstrate and celebrate excellence in their work with young people.
Organisations that receive the bronze award demonstrate they have appropriate leadership and governance, monitoring and evaluation processes, and are safe and act within a legal framework of policies. They also show that they provide a welcoming and safe environment for young people who can access trusted and skilled staff and volunteers.
Sian Lewis, Urdd Chief Executive said
“In what is the Urdd’s centenary year, we are proud to receive recognition through the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales.
“The Urdd is an unique organisation which enables young people to thrive and reach their full potential in Welsh as they develop their voice, their influence and their contribution to their communities.
“Being awarded the Quality Mark is recognition of the hard work of our staff and volunteers across all of the Urdd’s services.
“As a national youth organisation delivering through the medium of Welsh, the Quality Mark celebrates the fact that the Urdd’s offer is an open and inclusive one which breaks down barriers and allows easy access for young people from all backgrounds."
Also recognised is Duke of Edinburgh Wales, whose case study is featured among 17 other examples of good practice published in 2021 to celebrate the inspirational work of youth organisations across the country.
Currently, there are 30 youth organisations across Wales that are actively engaged with Quality Mark.
Geraint Turner, assessor for the Quality Mark and Operations Director at Swansea MADS said:
“The Quality Mark gives organisations the opportunity to demonstrate and showcase the fantastic work their staff are doing with young people from a strategic level and through their provision.
“There are some fantastic examples of good practice in Youth Work in Wales that deserve to be shared across the sector and we are always looking to unpick and celebrate these examples.”
Andrew Borsden, Development Officer for the Quality Mark added:
“I am encouraged by the value placed on the Quality Mark by youth organisations in Wales. We are working hard with the sector to improve the Quality Mark process and we are fortunate the youth sector in Wales is very supportive to us in this work.”
The Quality Mark is funded by the Welsh Government and has been developed and delivered through a partnership between the Education Workforce Council (EWC) and ETS Wales since early 2020.
For more information on the Quality Mark, including details on how to apply, visit the EWC website.