Media Release – VCS Cymru Confirmed as Arts Award Centre

As of 18 April 2017, VCS Cymru has been confirmed as an official Arts Award Centre, adding yet another way in which the unique charity continues to support and provide volunteering opportunities for the local community.

As an Arts Award Centre, VCS Cymru will be able to offer young people new opportunities to learn and develop their artistic skills and creativity while growing as artists and arts leaders.

Arts Award is a unique set of qualifications that support young people in developing as artists and arts leaders. Arts Award is managed by Trinity College London in association with Arts Council England. VCS Cymru is now among a number of organisations bring the programme into Wales.

VCS Cymru will look into developing future projects in all three of its specialty strands (media, heritage, and supported volunteering) in order to support volunteers to earn either their Bronze or Silver level Arts Awards. Stories/Straeon, one of VCS Cymru’s local heritage projects working with Cardiff youth, will be the first of hopefully many projects to award VCS Cymru volunteers with Arts Award qualifications.

VCS Cymru’s Director, Jeremy Rees said:

“VCS Cymru provides the community with volunteering opportunities in many different ways through heritage, media, and supported volunteering projects. With this addition and further emphasis on the arts, VCS Cymru will have another avenue to create opportunities for our volunteers to grow and develop their skills and creativity. We will be able to now even better support our volunteers in becoming a part of an already vibrant and thriving arts scene here in Cardiff.”

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For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Mike Scott – Development Manager
mike.s@vcscymru.org.uk
Phone: 029 2132 2627


Notes to editors

VCS Cymru
Established in 1964, Volunteer Community Services Cardiff (later Cymru) was the first local volunteering service to be established in the UK, outside of London.
For over 50 years VCS Cymru has been enabling the most disadvantaged to engage with their communities, facilitating the positive health and well-being of individuals and the places they call home, through community media, heritage and supported volunteering opportunities.
From 2017 the charity is wholly funded by trusts and foundations, corporate support and individual donations.

Arts Award
Launched in 2005, Arts Award’s unique qualifications support young people to develop as artists and arts leaders. The programme develops creativity, leadership, and communication skills. Arts Award is open to anyone aged up to 25, and embraces all interests and backgrounds. Through Arts Award, young people learn to work independently, helping them to prepare for further education and employment.