Tuesday, 17 November 2009

New mobile youth facility launched

An event was held on Friday November 6 to launch the new MOBI youth facility.

The MOBI vehicle, delivered in partnership by Carmarthenshire Youth Service and Plant Dewi, aims to provide young people between the ages of 11-25 years living in isolated, rural communities throughout West Wales with access to youth information, advice and activities. Activities have included self-defence classes, go-karting trips, cooking competitions, DJ workshops, wall climbing and much more.

The ceremony was conducted jointly by the Chairman of Carmarthenshire County Council, Cllr. Tyssul Evans, the Director of Education & Children’s Services, Vernon Morgan, and Rev. Philip Johnes on behalf of Plant Dewi. Pupils from Ysgol Gyfun Emlyn and from Ysgol Gyfun Pantycelyn (Llandovery) – two of the schools visited by the project - were also present to lend their support.

The new vehicle replaces an older one – a converted horse-box – which has been serving remote villages throughout West Wales since 2002. It is equipped with a host of technological gizmos offering young people a wide range of services and opportunities for learning, or simply having fun.

The new facility will be staffed jointly by Carmarthenshire Council’s 3Ts (Tywi, Taf and Teifi) Youth Workers and Plant Dewi officers. By day, it will visit local schools followed each evening by community-based activities.

3Ts Senior Youth Worker, Chris Davies, said:

“Mobi acts as a catalyst for community activity and development through a partnership between Carmarthenshire County Council’s youth service and Plant Dewi. The project works with individuals, community groups and organisations to develop sustainable youth projects in rural areas. This work involves training opportunities, fundraising, project promotion and ongoing community support for isolated, remote or vulnerable groups.”

For further information, please visit http://youth.carmarthenshire.gov.uk

Or contact the 3Ts team on: 01267 228273 or Plant Dewi on: 01267 221551


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