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Multiagency support for young people

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert at the launch of the multi agency centre at @ 33 Charles Street, Cardiff with young people who spoke about the support they have received at the centre

Deputy Minister for Skills, Jeff Cuthbert at the launch of the multi agency centre at @ 33 Charles Street, Cardiff with young people who spoke about the support they have received at the centre.

A group of young people from Cardiff previously not in education, employment or training have taken the opportunity to speak to Mr Jeff Cuthbert, Welsh Government Deputy Minister for Skills about the life changing support they received as a result of a new partnership between statutory and voluntary organisations in the city.

The 16-18 year olds were able to relate their experiences at the launch of @33, the multi-agency centre which has been set up at Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale’s Youth Gateway Centre in Charles Street, Cardiff.

The centre will enable young people to have direct access to a range of services to help them overcome the problems and sometimes complex barriers they may face as they move into adulthood and working life.

Probably the first of its kind in Wales, the multi agency centre @33 brings together:

  • Youth Gateway and Education Gateway careers advisers from Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale;
  • a learning coach team of careers advisers and youth workers, funded by Cardiff Children and Young People’s Partnerships and Cardiff and Vale 14-19 Networks;
  • a healthy mind worker from the NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, funded by Cymorth;
  • counsellors from Action for Children’s 2 Talk 2 counselling service
  • young person’s advice and family mediation workers from Housing Options, a project between Llamau and Cardiff Council’s Homelessness and Children’s Services departments.

Careers Wales advisers are also based with the Youth Offending Service in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to help young offenders engage with education, employment or training. This group of young people will also benefit from services available at @33.

Commending the young people who spoke at the launch, the Deputy Minster said: “I have been very impressed by the young people here today and by the staff of the various agencies who have made this multi-agency centre possible. This type of innovative centre means young people can go to one place to address their housing or counselling needs while trying to move forward with their working lives – be that through training, education or employment.”

Councillor Judith Woodman, Deputy Leader of Cardiff Council, praised the “combined efforts of partners to provide a wrap around service to support vulnerable 16 and 17 year olds at @33.” She added: “Young people can surely only benefit from the ability to access a range of discrete services, both statutory and voluntary from these premises. The clear links between providers to address the accommodation, employment and health needs of this vulnerable client group, will ensure that all the services delivered from @ 33 will offer a truly holistic response to young people.”

Mark Freeman, Chief Executive of Careers Wales Cardiff and Vale said: “When we opened this building three years ago, our vision was to create a unique centre to enable us to work together with partners to meet the needs of vulnerable young people accessing our services. Youth Gateway has a track record of successfully engaging with young people to help them make realistic, informed decisions about their future and move positively into education, employment or training. Building stronger partnerships with specialist agencies @33 means we can further enhance services to ensure all young people who come to us take their rightful place in society.”

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