by promocymru_admin | 3rd Feb 2009

ProMo-Cymru recently expanded its team and welcomed three new members: Samantha James, Sarah Dean and Sarah Parfitt.

Sam successfully applied for the role of ‘Ebbw Vale Institute (EVI) Buildings & Facilities Administrator’ and shared her first impressions: “EVI is a vibrant and ambitious project, which will help transform the Church Street area of Ebbw Vale and surrounding areas. The historic building is in the process of being fully restored and will soon become a cultural, creative and enterprise centre. There will be live music/performances, an art gallery, a heritage project, state of the art recording facilities and much more… I am very proud to be part of the EVI project, and am enthused by the history of the building, which reflects the strong community spirit of Blaenau Gwent. I look forward to welcoming everyone to EVI.”

Before joining our team Sam ran her own creative enterprise in the arts, supporting her partner in selling his paintings worldwide and pursuing a career in illustration and art licensing. She says: “I appreciate the challenges of ‘making a living’ in this area, and firmly believe that with passion and dedication to your talent, it can be achieved. But support is needed… and this is where ProMo-Cymru can help… just believe in your creativity and go for it!”

Sarah and Sarah have worked on the CLIC project at Careers Wales Gwent (previous contract holders) since 2005 working with the following local authorities; Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport and Torfaen.

They thoroughly enjoyed making contact with many varied organisations both statutory and voluntary who work with young people in these areas. Their contacts total over 300, of which they are looking forward to re-establishing, introducing them to the exciting developments on the next phase of CLIC: “We are really looking forward to working as part of a team at Promo-Cymru that have young people