Llyr Gruffydd has added his support to the dedication of youth workers in Wales and the impact of their work with young people.
Mr Gruffydd, Plaid Cymru’s North Wales AM, is a former youth worker himself and sponsored a celebration of youth work in the National Assembly this week.
Speaking at the launch of the National Youth Work Week event at the Senedd, Mr Gruffydd said, “It’s great to see representatives of the youth service from across Wales come together in the Assembly this week to celebrate the huge contribution youth work makes in Wales. Society enjoys many social and economic benefits from providing our young people with support and a breadth of opportunities that enriches their lives.
“The youth sector has suffered funding cuts and dwindling staff numbers in recent years and policy makers and society in general mustn’t take the sector for granted. It’s our duty to ensure young people are given the best possible opportunities in life. Sitting back and hoping that will happen is no longer good enough. We must make it happen by redoubling our commitment to youth services in all parts of Wales.
“It was also good to join the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services (CWVYS) for it’s 70th anniversary celebration, recognizing in particular the contribution the voluntary youth service has made in Wales over the decades, and will continue to make into the future.”
Llyr Gruffydd is an Honorary President of CWVYS – and umbrella organization for the voluntary youth sector in Wales whose members include national organisations such as the Girlguides, Scouts, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Wales Young Farmers’ Clubs and local organisations such as Denbigh Youth Project, GISDA Caernarfon, West Rhyl Young People’s Project and the North Wales Wildlife Trust.