Young people visit BBC Wales
Five young people supported by Maesteg based charity, Yellow Wales, appeared live on BBC Radio Wales' Wynne Evans show today to help demonstrate the importance of money raised by Children in Need.
They also met Pudsey, BBC presenter Lucy Owen and former Welsh international rugby player Ian Gough, took part in fund raising activities and were invited to announce the latest fund raising total.
Hosted by Hafod Housing, Yellow Wales specialise in providing training and support for young people age 16 to 25 who face a range of personal challenges in their lives and who are often disconnected from training, education or employment. Over the past 12 months, 158 young people have been supported to access training, volunteering opportunities, further education and employment.
Thanks to a grant from BBC Children in Need of £9440.00, Yellow Wales have been able to put on a range of activities aimed at improving the confidence and life skills of young people aged 16 and 17.
Manager of Yellow Wales Steve Driscoll explained: "The BBC Children in Need funding has enabled Yellow Wales to offer a range of exciting enrichment activities to young people who otherwise would not have had the chance to enjoy or take part in such opportunities. This has included attending Bush Craft sessions to learn about the great outdoors including cooking over an open fire, accessing the support of a professional life coach, learning about healthy relationships, an up-cycling project to rejuvenate old and worn out clothes, and a series of cooking sessions to learn how to cook healthy homemade meals."
The sessions have been fun, interactive and educational. They have helped to increase the confidence and social skills of the young people involved and open up wider opportunities to access accredited qualifications delivered by the Yellow Wales team".
BBC Radio Wales visited the charity to record some footage of a cookery session ahead of the live show. Charlie age 17 took part in this and some bush craft sessions and described how much he enjoyed both. He is currently studying Media Studies at Maesteg College so was really excited to have the opportunity to visit BBC Wales and take part in a show. He said:"Yellow Wales has given me more motivation to do things that I thought I couldn't do by helping me to have a broader, more positive outlook of myself. The visit to the BBC was amazing!"
Steve added: "We had a great morning at BBC Wales, they made us so welcome and we were involved from the moment we arrived. Everyone got to take part in the live radio show, we had a tour of the TV studios and the whole experience was truly inspirational, especially for our young people who are studying media. Thanks BBC Wales and thank you Children in Need".
To find out more about Yellow Wales please call 01656 737494 or visit Yellowwales.org.uk