The Digital Youth Work team provide a range of services to young people aged 11-25 across the city. Young People can engage in a range of activities from film production, photography, editing, gaming and meeting new young people online. We have access to music studios, media rooms and theatres, which allow us to work with groups to develop new skills in a safe and fun environment. Qualified staff are on site to offer information, advice and guidance on a range of issues for young people.
We work with a range of partners through a Digital Youth Action Group, which offers a space to develop digital work with young people. Partners include: The Sprout, Digital Communities Wales, Children in Wales, YMCA and Sound progression. The group meet on the last Monday of every month. If you would like to join the group details can be found below.
A group of young people (aged 11-18) work collectively with the support of Youth Workers to develop multimedia skills. The aim of developing these skills is to enable young people to develop online content for Cardiff Youth Service. For example, young people can get involved in: writing blogs, photography, creating vlogs, posters, podcasts, social media content or working on campaigns. If you are someone who wants to learn these skills, or are passionate about content creation, then there's a space for you. . The group meet weekly at Butetown Pavillion 5-7:30pm. If you would like to join this group or find out more get in touch using the contact details that can be found below. Check out some of the videos beow of some of what we have done:
'I found out about Cardiff Youth Service's Young Creators from an email my headteacher sent out to the whole school. The things listed in the email included various topics of content creation, such as video editing, graphic design and blog writing - I was quite interested in the latter two at the time, so I signed up. That was exactly a year ago.
My time at the Young Creators has helped me to develop my skills in a wide variety of media - if it weren’t for this club, I probably would never have used a professional camera, edited using specialist software, written blogs for a website, hosted social media takeovers, interviewing members of the public - the list goes on.
Alongside this, I’ve also boosted my confidence slightly and made some new friends - and those are never bad things. Since I joined in November 2020, I have also volunteered to work for Cardiff Youth Service's Gaming Club, and have since produced a promotional video for them’. (Young Person)
Cardiff Youth Service Gaming Club
Do you enjoy gaming? Why not join us for our weekly gaming club Monday's 5:00-7:30pm for young people aged 11-17. Our club runs out of Good Game Caf, 62 Tudor Street, Riverside, CF11 6AJ. We offer a safe enviroment for young people to game with other young people as well as develop other skills through workshops, activities and discussions. If you would like to join, get in touch through the contact details below.
We will be delivering media workshops within our Youth Centres where you will get the opportunity to learn skills around: graphic design, photography, online safety and film. If you would like to find out more information of when we will be offering this in your area then please get in touch using the contact details below.
‘The skills I've learned will help me in later life’ (Young Person)
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Digital Spaces and Approaches
It is important now more than ever, that digital considerations are included within existing Youth Work practice and policy. 75% of young people now use social media (Ofcom, 2017). Cardiff Youth Service are among many Youth Services and wider youth support services that have had to rapidly adapt its service delivery through Covid-19, to ensure that they are still able to effectively work with young people and meet their needs. Services have had to tackle the online world adapting to technology and digital platforms to deliver services effectively.
Two online events have been hosted by the Digital Youth Work Team which aimed to provide youth workers and wider services that work with young people to gain a better understanding of what digital youth work is, how it can be implemented and provide opportunity to share good practice.
The first of them were offered to Youth Service staff and wider youth support services in Cardiff. This event saw the launch of the Cardiff Youth Service website which was co-created with young people.
The second event was offered to regional Youth Service partners that include Rhonnda Cynon Taff, Merthyr Tydfil, The Vale of Glamorgan and Bridgend.
From the success of these events Cardiff Youth Service will host them annually with input from wider youth support services and partners. They also continue to take lead of a digital youth action group in Cardiff to further develop digital practice and provide a support network for organisations, if you would like to join this group please contact on the details below