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Have Your Say!

We want to see your creative side!

Calling all 11-25 year olds, We're looking for stories, podcasts, blog posts, articles, poetry, vlogs, posters, graphics, photography, art, music, films! Have your content put on our Blog! Get involved and email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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Have Your Say!

We want to see your creative side!

Calling all 11-25 year olds, Have your content put on our Blog! , We're looking for creative works that could include stories, podcasts, vlogs, photography, art, music the more creative the better.

Written work should be under 1000 words. 

A&V should be 5 Minutes or less. 

Images should be set to Instagram size (1080 x 1080). 

If you need help or want to submit email us on CardiffYouthService@Cardiff.gov.uk

This blog is co produced and managed by CYS and the Young Creators. The editorial group have the right to edit and amend content submitted. We will keep you updated with how  many people and views you content generates

For The Youth Workers: a poem by Sarah McCreadie

For the youth workers

You are heroes with flip-charts and marker pens

Bending over backwards

Phone buzzes, you look down again

You are stay-laters

Paperwork haters

You are a ‘don’t worry about it, we’ll talk about it later’

You 

are

kindness

You are always evolving

You are laptops and Discord and playing a video game

You say you let them win

Okay…

You were once as young

With issues of your own

With a haircut that would make these young people groan

You are empathy 

At North Ely

At Eastmoors, you fight for their cause

In Butetown, you make a smile from a frown

Empowering at Powerhouse

Legends of Llanrumney

Go-getters of Gabalfa

The saints in St.Mellons

Perhaps you see more of them then you do your own

Perhaps you never get a chance to put down the phone

Perhaps you are tired, though you don’t moan

But there is no “perhaps” about the lives you are changing

Or hope you carry in a simple hello

You are doing much more than you’ll ever know

You tell people and they think that’s it’s just a lark 

They don’t know that sometimes you’ve been the only light in the dark

You are a youth worker

You are all this and more

Another story begins,

A new young person has walked through your door

Stress Awareness Month

Let's be honest, the last two years have been intense. Feelings of pressure and anxiety are natural, and there are so many ways we can tackle them. Check out https://www.stress.org.uk to find out how to cope with your feelings of stress. 
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Discord meet up

 

Online Discord friends meet in real life! 

Members of the Cardiff Youth Service Discord steering group recently met in person for the first time! The group have been meeting on the Discord social media application online over the past few months, where they have been building an online space for young people across the city. They have chatted daily about their lives and really got to know each other all on Discord! Cardiff Youth Service took a group of seven members of the Discord gang on a bowling activity which was thoroughly enjoyed by all. The young people started the evening in the arcades where they tried their hand at air hockey, showed off their skills on Crossy Road and won lots of arcade tickets! Then they headed to the alley for two hotly contested games of bowling - less said about the youth workers’ bowling skills the better! The (by now very hungry!) group finished up the night with some delicious burgers, fries and milkshakes. Everyone then said their goodbyes…until they see each other at the escape room trip that they’re already planning or of course on Discord! 

One of the young people who attended the trip said, “I really enjoyed the bowling experience, and it’s nice to make some new friends too!” 

Another young person from the group said, “I really enjoyed the activity - the atmosphere was friendly” 

The evening really showed how people can build friendships online that are just as strong in person! Discord is a unique social media app, where people can talk, play games, watch things together and lots more. It is used by millions of people across the globe and Cardiff Youth Service are getting involved! Excitingly and as mentioned, Cardiff Youth Service with the help of this group, are in the process of creating their own Discord server - this will offer a space for young people across Cardiff to interact in lots of difference ways with youth workers and other like-minded young people. The group have been meeting on Discord since last year and have been deciding together what the CYS Discord server will offer young people across the city when it it goes public in the next few months! The CYS Discord server will serve as a free, online community for young people, offering lots of different activities and resources. Look out for the launch of the server and get in touch with Cardiff Youth Service if you’re interested in joining!

10 Realistic tips to be more environmentally friendly

(From a young person’s perspective)

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1. Buy a reusable coffee cup. 

If you work Monday-Friday with no holidays, and on the way to work every day you get a Starbucks, you will be using 231 coffee cups a year. That’s approximately 2 bath tubs full of a mix of plastic and cardboard which takes years to biodegrade. So on your next trip to Starbucks or costa, buy a reusable cup for £4-£6 and save 25p every time you purchase a drink.

2. Walk more. 

As a young person, it is unrealistic to expect everyone to buy a bike and ride it everywhere because bikes can be costly and sometimes just extra work (bikes breaking, having to lock up bikes, having to travel on roads etc.), but it is not unrealistic to ask you to walk a little bit more. Maybe try walking to school instead of taking the bus, or putting your coat on when it rains instead of driving a car. Walking is free and has lots of health benefits, while driving pollutes the air and only benefits you by getting you places quicker.

3, Shop consciously. 

Online you could buy a shirt for £3, it sounds like a fair deal but that shirt was made in a very environmentally harmful way and will probably brake after a month of two, leading you to throw it in the bin… or you could buy a shirt for £30 that is good quality and will last you a year or two. This will lead you to use clothes for a longer amount of time therefor throw less clothes out, wasting less.

4. Shop ‘second hand’. 

Previously, you had to go to a charity shop to buy second hand clothing (which is still a much better option than buying brand new because you are saving clothes that would otherwise be wasted for a cheaper price and the money you pay goes to charity) but now you can go on apps like EBay, or vinted to buy second hand things for good prices and they get delivered straight to your door. Alternatively, you can also sell things online or donate things to charity shops, you then are not throwing perfectly good clothes away just because they don’t fit anymore, or it you changed your styles. Then somebody else can buy it and use it and then sell it on, creating an environmentally friendly cycle of reducing, reusing, and recycling.

5. Don’t use unnecessary appliances. 

This one is simple. If you’re a little bit cold, put a jumper on instead of turning on your central heating. If you’re having a shower, time yourself so you don’t use so much water, or have a bath instead which surprisingly uses far less water than a 10 minute shower. Turn the TV off when you leave the room. Turn lights off when you’re not in the room. Don’t leave things plugged in when you’re not using them.

6.Buy a reusable water bottle. 

Most schools in Wales sell non-reusable plastic water bottles for 85p, whereas local supermarkets sell reusable plastic water bottles for £2. If you buy a water bottle everyday that’s approximately just over £4 a week, where as a reusable water bottle lasts for months and you don’t have to pay to use it.

7.Reduce your plastic consumption. 

This is quite a simple change. Instead of buying a plastic honey bottle, buy a glass jar and then you could reuse the jar for other things. Instead of buying shampoo bottles every month or two you could buy a shampoo bar which has no plastic wrapping and it lasts up to 6 months. Even the smallest things like buying a bamboo toothbrush instead of a plastic one will gradually make a great difference!

8. Use local recourses. 

For example, a city could either have a million houses with printers in them, printing things every day, or encourage people to use the printers at local libraries. This would help to reduce the use of paper and ink.

9. Reduce your fuel use. 

If you put £50 worth or fuel into your car you are more likely to take unnecessary journeys and use the whole £50. If you only purchased £20 worth of fuel, you are more likely to be more cautious and aware of you fuel consumption.

10. Talk about it! 

Making other people aware of ways that they can make small changes that won’t be an inconvenience is so important! SPREAD THE WORD.

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Have Your Say!

Have Your Say!

We want to see your creative side!

Calling all 11-25 year olds, We're looking for stories, podcasts, blog posts, articles, poetry, vlogs, posters, graphics, photography, art, music, films! Have your content put on our Blog! Get involved and email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

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