The number of youth work organisations achieving the Quality Mark for Youth Work in Wales is continuing to rise and we are looking forward to presenting Quality Mark awards at the Youth Excellence Awards in Cardiff later this month.  We would like to promote some of the examples of good practice that we have seen during our assessment visits.  The Welsh Government have produced 3 good practice films which feature Conwy Youth Service which has now achieved Silver and Pembrokeshire Youth Service and CCYP in Cwmbran both of whom are now Gold Award holders.  These films can be seen on our website.  Youth Work films 

We would also like to share some examples of good practice from Rhondda Cynon Taff who have now achieved Gold and from Cardiff YMCA who have achieved the Bronze award.  These will be available on our website at the start of Youth Work week – so please have a look at our website to see some of the latest good practice from Wales.

Assessment Deadlines 
There are now two opportunities to submit a self-assessment for the Quality Mark this year. We have decided to put back the June date to coincide with Youth Work week and so applications are now invited for:

  1. Tuesday 26th June
  2. Tuesday 25th September

Please get in touch with us at qualitymark@atkinassociates.co.uk if you are starting work on your Quality Mark self-assessment so that we can discuss the best way to carry out your self-assessment and a realistic timescale for submission.

Assessors 
We have successfully recruited new assessors and would like to congratulate and welcome Claire Hutcheon (RCT), Clare Ewing (Caerphilly) Lowri Evans (Ceredigion) Gethin Jones (Ceredigion) and Liz Griffiths (Pembrokeshire) to the Quality Mark team.  We have also expanded the role of some our experienced assessors and now have a core team of lead assessors including Andy Borsden (Vale of Glamorgan), Catrin James (CWVYS and Urdd Gobaith Cymru), Gillian Wilde (Holos Education), Ceri Ormond (CCYP) and Paul O’Neil (Caerphilly) and we will continue to grow this team.

We still have places for new assessors to participate in this Professional Development Opportunity.  If you are an experienced youth worker currently active in youth work in Wales, then please consider volunteering as an assessor for the coming year.  We will provide training for the role and you will be supported to carry out 2 assessments of youth work provision during the year.  Assessors have told us that they love the opportunity to go out and visit youth work in parts of the country that they are not familiar with, they always take back new ideas to their own organisation and enjoy the professional challenge of assessing the effectiveness of youth work in a range of settings.  If you would like to become an assessor the closing date for assessor recruitment is:

• Tuesday 26th June and assessor training will take place on Thursday 5th July in North Wales

Louise Atkin and Sue Quinn