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YAW Winter Newsletter

Dec 23, 2016

The Youth Action Wiltshire Winter Newsletter containing updates on all our youth projects is now available.

To request your copy of the newsletter please email


Making a SPLASH with free activities for 9-16 year olds during school holiday periods

Jul 18, 2016

Splash is growing to meet locally identified needs, offering diverse, free to access, positive activities for young people aged 9-16 years throughout school holiday periods. We prioritise those who are ‘facing challenges in their lives’.


Keywords: Splash Wiltshire

Our Bright Future

Jul 18, 2016

We are now six months into the delivery of our exciting new Big Lottery funded partnership project with Wiltshire Wildlife Trust


Keywords: Our Bright Future Programme

Youth Clubs Update

Jul 18, 2016

It is a pleasure to support the 100’s of dedicated volunteers who facilitate Wiltshire’s Youth Clubs. Each of our 65 affiliated youth clubs is different, but all offer safe places for young people to go, role models and positive activities that promote personal development


Keywords: Wiltshire Youth Clubs Support

Wiltshire Young Carers Service Update

Jul 18, 2016

During the last twelve months we have provided intensive support to 180 young carers and delivered 69 bespoke group work respite programmes.


Keywords: Wiltshire Young Carers

Project Inspire

Jul 18, 2016

17 young people who were previously Not In Education Employment Or Training (NEET) have recently completed a challenging programme of practical activities, including embedded Maths and English, adventure sports, volunteering, work experience and class room based learning


Keywords: Project Inspire

Shadow Puppet workshop provides unique experience for Young Carers

May 24, 2016

Wiltshire Young Carers, in partnership with Salisbury International Arts Festival, have been given the opportunity to take part in the 2016 Salisbury Festival.

Keywords: Wiltshire Young Carers

Young Listeners Programme equips young people with vital skills

May 24, 2016

Youth Action Wiltshire’s Ambassadors for 2016 have been taking part in an exciting new research project for Community Organisers on behalf of Healthwatch Wiltshire.

Keywords: Young Listeners

Inspire Study Programme ‘empowering young people and improving their employability’

May 24, 2016

Youth Action Wiltshire’s ‘Project Inspire’, has had another action-packed and productive few months. In February, one group of eight young people, aged 16 to 18, successfully completed the 'Inspire Study Programme'.  In March, another cohort of 21 young people began their own 15-week journey towards improved employability. This group is expected to complete in July 2016.

Keywords: Project Inspire

Volunteers Needed for South Wiltshire Youth Clubs

Apr 14, 2016

We are looking for volunteers aged 17+ who have around 4 hours per month to give, evenings or weekends and wish to support local youth clubs in the Amesbury/Old Sarum/Salisbury area.


Keywords: Youth Club Volunteers

May Mile 2016

Apr 12, 2016

The May Mile Run is again supporting Youth Action Wiltshire.


Keywords: May Mile

Young Carers raise money for Lucy’s Day Out

Mar 31, 2016

A group of Wiltshire Young Carers have been taking part in a Social Action Project funded by Wiltshire Council’s Devizes Area Board.

27 Young Carers aged 13-18 chose to raise money for ‘Lucy’s Days Out’ a charity that supports children with life limiting illnesses to have a family day out.


Keywords: Wiltshire Young Carers

Young people from Splash and Wiltshire Young Carers sail the high seas

Feb 24, 2016

During the February half term an intrepid group of 8 young people aged 12 to 15 years old from Splash and Wiltshire Young Carers embarked on a week long voyage with the aim of learning to sail a 72ft Challenger (round the world) yacht.


Can we ‘Inspire’ you to join?

Jan 27, 2016

The ‘Inspire Study Programme’ is a work-based learning programme for 16 to 18 year olds, offering the opportunity for learners to develop the skills to find and maintain education and employment, and thrive in a career. We are currently looking for referrals to join our next programme beginning on 7th March.

Do you want to join or know anyone who might?

Keywords: Project Inspire Study Programme

Activities for young people make a Splash

Jan 27, 2016

Splash launched its first ever Christmas activities programme last month. Five activity sessions ran over two days, engaging fifty-three young people.


Keywords: Splash Wiltshire

Young people – ‘listening’ training has a big impact

Jan 27, 2016

Community First’s Community Organiser Team has provided a weekend training session to young people aged between 16 and 18 in ‘listening’ techniques.

The Healthwatch Young Listener’s project was set up to listen to young people’s voices in Wiltshire and ensure that they are heard. The project aims to listen to young people’s experience of healthcare in Wiltshire – as well as training the young people to become effective listeners themselves.


Keywords: Young Listeners Project Wiltshire

Amesbury – February half-term activity days

Jan 27, 2016

Funding for eleven activity days has been secured with Amesbury Local Youth Network (LYN).

The eleven days will be run specifically for the benefit of young people living in the Amesbury/Durrington LYN geographical area. Young people in the area will have the opportunity to attend a multitude of different activities ranging from Catch it, Cook it, Eat it, Music Matters, Street Theatre, Forestry Fun and Animation.

Keywords: Splash Wiltshire

‘Young Carer’ raises money for Splash and Youth Action Wiltshire with sponsored head shave – and benefits ‘Little Princess Trust’ too

Dec 17, 2015

Wiltshire Young Carer, Jaret Wrintmore, aged 13, looks after a family member at home – and receives support from Community First’s youth programmes: ‘Splash’ and ‘Youth Action Wiltshire’.


Keywords: Wiltshire Young Carers

Making a Splash!

Oct 29, 2015

Community First’s Splash Programme ran a very successful Summer programme, engaging 102 young people from 89 different families.  The activities programme included fun, exciting, challenging and educational sessions all designed to increase the young people’s confidence, self-esteem, communication skills and leadership skills.


Keywords: Splash Wiltshire

Our Youth Club Support Thriving

Oct 29, 2015

We help these fantastic local youth groups through, providing full set up support for new groups, a wide range of training for adult and young leaders, a diverse activity programme, accreditation for projects and help with funding. 


Keywords: Youth Clubs in Wiltshire

Congratulations to our Two Summer NCS Teams

Oct 28, 2015

27 young people graduated from our two summer NCS teams, having taken part in taster days, a week long adventure sports residential, week long skills development residential and then two weeks spent planning for, fundraising to enable and completing a social action project.

Keywords: Wiltshire National Citizens Service

An Inspiring Twelve Months

Oct 28, 2015

Over the last 12 months 46 young people aged 16-18 who were ‘Not In Education Employment or Training’ (NEET) have engaged in our Inspire ‘Study Programme’.


Keywords: Inspire Study Programme

Community First recognises volunteers with 2015 awards

Oct 27, 2015

Community First, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year, has again recognised the amazing accomplishments of community volunteers and young people - with its annual awards.


Keywords: Community First Awards

Young people become ‘Ambassadors’ with Community First run National Citizen Service 2015

Jul 27, 2015

The National Citizen Service is a government funded national volunteering programme for all 15-17 year olds. Here in Wiltshire we have been delivering the NCS programme since its pilot year in 2011.

Keywords: Wiltshire NCS

Wiltshire Young Carers' Service Given Two Vital Funding Boosts

Jul 27, 2015

Youth Action Wiltshire can continue its support of Wiltshire’s young carers following a kind donation from students of St. John's Community College and a successful fundraising event.

Grittleton Road Racers – Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle race raises almost £15,000 to fund activities for Wiltshire Young Carers

Jul 27, 2015

The cycle group known as the ‘Grittleton Road Racers’ has completed its latest challenge – a sponsored cycle ride on behalf of Youth Action Wiltshire, the Youth arm of Community First, Wiltshire and Swindon’s Rural Community Council.

Keywords: Wiltshire Young Carers

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