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
- We are a large network of varied member organisations across wales, some of whom are EVS experts (UNA Exchange: http://www.unaexchange.org/ 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: http://www.cwvys.org.uk/member/boys-girls-clubs-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.