Updates from the CLIC Collective

by promocymru_admin | 14th Oct 2014

Things are quickly getting back into gear at Wicid HQ, after the recent cuts that directly affected the now defunct Services For Young People. Under a new service name – ‘Youth Engagement And Participation Service’ – but still based in Ty Trevithick, Abercynon, Wicid has already been booked in for after-school sessions in schools across the Rhondda Cynon Taf area.

Within these sessions, accredited creative writing, junior journalism, digital storytelling and media workshops will be delivered to eager young creative people. 

We also recently attended the British Youth Conference in the Novotel in Cardiff Bay and the young people were extremely interested in learning more about their rights and their power to vote.

We also delivered media sessions during Tonyrefail Rock Factory – a week long extended provision course designed to attract young people interested in music and media.

Over 100 young people attended, some of them there to form bands and learn more about music but there were young people there to learn more about photography, filmmaking and gig-reviewing. They were thrilled to have their first media experience and have already signed up the Wicid editorial team.

Over the summer holidays, The Basement and Youth4U have been facilitating several activities, including workshops on Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual Heath, a variety of art and craft sessions as well as watching CATS the musical in Wales Millennium Centre.

Youth4U took part in this year’s Big Cheese Race at Caerphilly’s Big Cheese Festival with impressive results. We didn’t get disqualified and we didn’t come last either. It was all about fun at the end of the day and well done to Sub-Editor Jordan, Caerphilly CBC Accreditation Officer Marc Thomas, Basement Volunteer Rachel and our very own Editorial Team Member Sarah.

Youth4U has now invested in a GoPro Camera. We were able to try out our new piece of kit at this year’s Big Cheese Race. Check out the Sub-Editor Jordan’s point-of-view here.

As well as The Cheese Race, our GoPro Camera will be capturing the excitement of the rides in Oakwood Park, as our young people tear around on Speed or get soaked on Drenched. Keep an eye on the website for those videos coming really soon.

August is always an interesting month for theSprout, with plenty of events happening in the capital, the biggest being Pride Cymru, Cardiff’s LGBT Mardi Gras. TheSprout was once again present doing a fancy dress photo booth in collaboration with somewhereto_ and engaged with loads of young people.

The other big thing this month was the return of theSprout’s Families First newsletter, which we use to showcase the great work our fellow Families First funded organisations and services do on the site and how organisations can use theSprout to promote their services and engage with young people in Cardiff.