Torfaen Youth Service have been recognised for their high-quality youth work provision this week, receiving both the Silver and Gold Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales (QMYW).
The QMYW (administered by the Education Workforce Council (EWC)), is a national award which demonstrates an organisation's excellence. In order to receive the accreditation, youth work organisations must self-assess against a set of quality standards and pass an external assessment.
Following their week-long assessment, Torfaen demonstrated that their service was delivered by an experienced and qualified workforce who celebrated equality and diversity, utilised strong links with partners, were creative in their use of resources, and involved young people in decision-making.
David Williams, Torfaen Youth Service Manager said “It is such a wonderful accolade to receive this award and we are so thankful for all who stand alongside us to make this possible.
“I am honoured to work alongside such an amazing team of youth workers who dedicate themselves, work tirelessly and commit to offering the best service we can. Most importantly though, this is for the young people who inspire, challenge, make us laugh and cry and allow us to do life with them.”
Torfaen Youth Service, who up to now had held the Silver QMYW, works with young people between the ages of 11 and 25 offering both open access and targeted provision. Over 2,000 young people have accessed the provision in the past 12 months, with many going on to develop their confidence and aspirations, achieved nationally recognised qualifications, tried new experiences outside their comfort zone, and made lifelong friendships.
Andrew Borsden, Development Officer for the Quality Mark said “Torfaen Youth Service have justifiably achieved the Gold QMYW after a robust period of assessment. The quality of the youth work on offer was excellent and the drive, enthusiasm and motivation of the staff on the team was infectious and inspiring in equal measure.
“The assessors were truly ‘blown away’ by what they saw and heard from young people and partners. Congratulations to everyone involved.”
For more information on the Quality Mark, including details on how to apply, visit the EWC website.