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University celebrates Youth Work Week with successful series of workshops

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Wrexham Glyndwr University celebrated Youth Work Week in Wales in style with workshops and guest speakers.

Glyndwr Youth and Community Work team offered free development opportunities to mark the event.

The workshops were delivered by the university’s partner agencies to provide thought provoking discussion and ideas for practice that affect young people, their families and their communities.

Jess Achilleos, lecturer on the Youth and Community Programme, said: “We are extremely grateful to these partner agencies for sharing their expertise to celebrate everything that is youth work with the professional.  

“We were so pleased that the events attracted so many services from across Wales and England and this demonstrates the strength and commitment of a field that is facing difficult times.

“Here at Wrexham Glyndwr University, the Youth and Community Work team are dedicated and passionate about youth and community work and it was an absolute joy to share this with so many people.”

A series of talks were also held on supporting LGBT young people, working with youths to prevent radicalisation and working creatively.

Independent charity Evolve also gave a guest lecture on tackling former legal highs and volatile substances.

The week aimed to promote a wider understanding and support for youth work and promoting the benefits of youth work.

Jess added: “We were delighted to have Stephen Harrison, from the Open University, attend the celebration as our guest speaker.  

“Stephen gave a fantastic presentation on courage and creativity in youth work which was a fitting end to our Youth Work Week of events, and celebration of the fantastic work that is undertaken by the profession.”

To finish off a week of celebrations, the Youth and Community Work team held a celebration event for young people, practitioners and students.  

Hayley Douglas, lecturer in Youth and Community Studies, said: “This week has been such a success, we can't wait to make next year even bigger and better.”

For further details visit Wrexham Glyndwr University’s undergraduate Youth and Community Work courses.

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