05 March 2009>
Young people with severe and complex needs have been taking part in a youth inclusion project which aims to raise their confidence and self-esteem.
The Caerphilly county borough youngsters, aged 14-19, participated in the Promoting Independence scheme to make new friends and experience a wide variety of sports and activities, including African drumming and dance workshops as well as wheelchair basketball. They also had the opportunity to attend CCBC youth clubs and join a boxing club.
As part of the project, some of the young people also took part in last year's Cardiff MAS Carnival, where they choreographed a dance routine and made costumes, which were then used for the parade.
Cllr Phil Bevan, Cabinet Member for Education & Leisure, said, "The aim of the Youth Inclusion project is to raise the confidence of young people, and empower them to make their own choices. By increasing the range of leisure activities available to the young people, you give them the opportunity to try new things whilst having fun and making new friends at the same time."
For further information on youth inclusion, please contact youth workers Kate Thomas or Bethan Stallard on 01443 814447.
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