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Caerphilly Youth Service LGBTQ+ group finalists for national award

Credit: Caerphilly Council

Caerphilly Youth Service LGBTQ+ group #GGNP has been shortlisted for an award in the ‘Equality and Diversity in a youth work setting’ category at the Youth Work Excellence Awards.

The Youth Work Excellence Awards are held every year in Wales. The national awards are an opportunity to recognise and celebrate outstanding youth work projects, youth workers and those involved in youth work across Wales.

This group is a unique initiative within Caerphilly County Borough’s Youth Service which supports young people aged between 11 and 25 years who are LGBTQ+. Over the past 4 years it has been established, it has supported over 150 young people.

Before lockdown the group met once a month at The Basement in Blackwood. They are now meeting virtually and using social media platforms to access support, information and advocacy for those across the Caerphilly county borough and surrounding areas.

The group gives young people a safe and confidential environment to express themselves whilst having the opportunity to engage and socialise with other young people that share the same experiences and challenges.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic the Youth Work Engagement Virtual Awards ceremony will take place online on 9 October 2020 at 3pm. Please join us live here.

Cllr Philippa Marsden, Young People’s Champion said: “Congratulations to Caerphilly Youth Service LGBTQ+ group #GGNP on being shortlisted for this outstanding award. We are very proud of the project and all the young people you support around the borough. I am so pleased your amazing work has been recognised – this is a brilliant achievement for Caerphilly.