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Marco Is Officially An Excellent Young Volunteer!

Marco Is Officially An Excellent Young Volunteer!

Marco Griffiths receiving the award from Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology
Marco Griffiths receiving the award from Ken Skates, Deputy Minister for Skills & Technology

Teenager Marco Griffiths is an excellent volunteer – and its official!

This week the 18-year-old from Perthcelyn was recognised for his commitment and dedication to volunteering at the prestigious 2014 Youth Work Excellence Awards in Llandudno.

The awards is an opportunity for Wales to acknowledge, recognise and celebrate the most outstanding youth workers and the most outstanding youth work projects that have taken place throughout Wales. Organised by the Welsh Government, they attracted over 100 entries from all over Wales.

Marco was presented with the Outstanding Volunteers Youth Worker Award for his continued commitment as a volunteer to Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Service for Young People programme.

He has worked on a number of projects including Youth Forums, Funky Dragon, Youth Inspectors and voluntary work in Youth Centres throughout the County Borough.

He has recently completed his Level One and Level Two in Youth Work training and currently volunteers in a Youth Centre, two evenings a week. Marco has spent the past seven years of his life volunteering his time to create opportunities for young people.

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Skills & Lifelong Learning Cllr Eudine Hanagan said, “Many congratulations to Marco for achieving this excellent award. We are all very proud of his endeavours and he should be justifiably proud of this success.

“Through his dedicated work with Services for Young People, Marco has developed into an honest, responsible young man who is an excellent role model for the young people in his community.”

Rhondda Cynon Taf Council had two finalists at the 2014 Youth Work Excellence Awards. The second was Alastair Cope who was shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution to Developing New Skills for Young People.Alastair was nominated for his Independent Living Project where he worked with a group of young care leavers to support them in the transition from the care system into independency.

The Welsh Government’s Deputy Minister for Skills and Technology Ken Skates presented the awards.

He said, “Wales is lucky to have so many individuals who work tirelessly to improve the lives of young people. These awards celebrate these outstanding Youth Workers and the Youth Projects that make such a difference to our communities.

“It’s time that we recognised the extremely important role that our Youth Workers play in reaching out to some of our most disenfranchised and disengaged young people."

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