Young people throughout Rhondda Cynon Taf were celebrated for their outstanding achievements in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Ceremony.
Held at the Muni Arts Centre in Pontypridd, the celebratory event was organised by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Services For Young People and Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards team.
Deputy Mayor Cllr Doug Williams welcomed the crowd of young people, aged between 14 and 25 along with their parents, friends and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award leaders.
Compered by award-holders Victoria Furlong and Harry Lee, the young people who had undertaken Duke of Edinburgh’s Award within their schools, youth groups and community organisations received certificates in recognition of their achievements.
Aimed at giving all young people the chance to develop skills for work and life, fulfil their potential and have a brighter future, there are three levels of awards based around volunteering, physical, skills and expeditions.
Cllr Eudine Hanagan, Cabinet Member for Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning said, ““I am always proud of the young people across Rhondda Cynon Taf and they never fail to impress me in what they can achieve. Some of the stories about the expeditions are wonderful.
The young people in our County Borough are the future and they have shown just what can be accomplished through hard work and dedication. I would like to wish all those who received their awards all the best for the future.”
Heather Hodges, Headteacher of Ysgol Ty Coch, who was a special guest during the evening, spoke of the importance of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award within her school, the benefits gained by her pupils from participating, and how it gave them the opportunity to achieve.
Presentation Ceremony celebrated 217 awards being presented at Bronze, Silver and Gold Levels, reflecting the high levels of commitment by young people within the County Borough.
At Gold Level, many days of project work in a Residential setting have also been undertaken, with our participant’s activities ranging from helping children at outdoor activity camps; undertaking international volunteering projects; travelling to Europe on our International Youth Exchange; helping at a game reserve in South Africa; experiencing our sister culture in Patagonia, and supporting younger DofE participants on Expeditions.
This would not have been possible without the support of all the Group Leaders – teachers, youth leaders and volunteers – who give many hours of their time to ensuring the opportunities and support are there. Their work and continued support is greatly appreciated. Services for Young People are currently working to extend the reach of the DofE across the County Borough, to enable more young people to take part.
For further information about how to become involved with the Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards in Rhondda Cynon Taf, contact Kerry Rees on 07786523915 or 01443 744107, or check out www.DofE.org.