The Big Welsh Walk

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RCT Services for Young People join over a thousand young people celebrate Youth Work Week with the Big Welsh Walk

In celebration of this year’s Youth Work Week (3-10 November), the 3rd November saw more than 1,000 young people from across Wales walk the perimeter of the country along the Wales’ coastal path, and also made the National Youth Service a news story on ITV the evening!

The Big Welsh Walk 2012, arranged by Monmouthshire County Council Youth Service, covered an impressive 1,047 miles split it into 5km sections. Youth workers from the 22 Welsh local authorities and the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services joined young people in walking sections of the route, including 30 young people from Rhondda Cynon Taf, with Youth Leaders and Volunteers, including Mr Chris Bradshaw, Director of Education and Life Long Learning: “Well done and a big thank you to the RCT team who contributed to Saturday’s Walk. All of the Group on leg 251 seemed to enjoy the day out and they all had a great attitude and approach to the day

Kicking off Youth Work Week, the national event highlighted the huge range of council-backed and voluntary youth activities and support services that benefit nearly 300,000 young people across Wales every year.

Detached Youth Worker, Rachel Brydon, said: “I thoroughly enjoyed myself, as did the 6 young people on my route 🙂 what started out as a bracing morning, ended up as an afternoon filled with mud and laughter. It was lovely to see young people gain so much from such a short leg of our coastline”.
Jessica Whiltshire, Maerdy Youth Club member, aged 15 said: “A big Thank You for doing this, I would have been stuck in the house otherwise, and I’ve really enjoyed it”.
The Big Welsh Walk 2012 was generously sponsored nationally by Learning and Skills Improvement Service.
A selection of photographs can be viewed on the MonYouth Flickr photostream.
For more information about Outdoor Education / Duke of Edinburgh’s Award in RCT, please contact Kerry Rees on 07786523915 or kerry.v.rees@rctcbc.gov.uk

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