Council for Wales for Voluntary Youth Services

CWVYS is the independent, representative body for the voluntary youth work sector in Wales. Since its inception in 1947, CWVYS has existed to represent, support and give a collective voice to its membership (currently 98 in number) of national and local/community-based organisations in their work with over 250,000 young people in Wales.

CWVYS works with organisations and individuals by delivering:

  • Sharing information and good practice
  • Funding support
  • Influencing local and national policy
  • Supporting diversity, equal opportunities, citizenship and social inclusion
  • Resource development
  • Training and accreditation and quality issues
  • Promotion of ‘Youth Work in Wales: Principles and Purposes’
  • Partnership projects in Wales, the UK and across Europe
  • Networking across Wales, the UK and more widely in Europe
  • Promoting the languages and cultures of Wales
  • Advocacy services
Organisation specialisation
  • We are a large network of varied member organisations across wales, some of whom are EVS experts (UNA Exchange: hosting/sending/coordinating) 
  • Some of our members are seasoned hosts and participants in Youth exchanges and various other projects under  Erasmus+ Key Actions (BGC Wales:
  • Other members have a long history of supporting volunteers such as the Prince’s Trust and Duke of Edinburgh. 


  • We are promoters of youth worker mobility and very familiar with the application/grant reimbursement process from staff personal experiences.
  • We offer our members and the young people they engage with the opportunity of free training provision on Youth Work and Youth Information courses through Adult Learning Wales.
  • We are part of the ERYICA network and have attended several trainings, seminars and General Assemblies over the last couple of years.



Helen Jones



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