I Can Project
The ‘I Can’ Project has been successfully running within the African Community Centre since August 2006. The youth group within the ‘I Can’ project has in the past been funded by Awards for All (Big Lottery) and is now funded by Children In Need.
The Youth Forum seeks to encourage disadvantaged young people, particularly from refugee and asylum seeking backgrounds to come together and enjoy diverse activities in a safe environment. This is an environment whereby the staff and service users are all committed to breaking down barriers, promoting participation, community cohesion and where the young people’s wellbeing is a priority.
Activities include; Family Fun Days, Workshops on bullying, racism, stereotyping and careers advice etc.; revision sessions with personal tutors, activity days, including; Ten Pin Bowling, trips to theme parks and visits to the Gower; Beach Sports, Summer Camps, our annual Swansea’s Got Talent and much, much more.
The I Can project also supports a parent and toddler group aimed at breaking down barriers within the community, arts and crafts, art therapy, play time, rhyme time and trips out.
The activities and services we put together include:
- Workshops and training opportunities which include confidence and team building workshops. This form of learning is crucial in increasing confidence and creating opportunities for erudition that supports development of personal Curriculum Visa and generally helps improve members personal aspirations
- Arts and craft activities; this includes graffiti, drumming, dancing classes, arts therapy etc.
- Indoor and outdoor recreational activities including swimming, football games, paint balling, exercise classes, camping/residential etc.
- Parent-toddler groups; we currently have a parent-toddler group where parents can meet others, build relationships while learning new skills in interaction with thier young ones
- We regularly organise visits to educational institutions and outdoor recreational facilities such as museums, farms, outdoor centres etc.
- Peer mentoring; we also train up participants who can become peer mentors for other participants as well as training mentors from outside the project.
- The project currently organises one major community event a year; Swansea's Got Talent
- Volunteering and work placements for participants. We often give the young people who currently access the services the opportunity to learn life experiences through volunteering and work placements. This is useful in building upon their university credits.
To find out more about I Can Project, Email Emily or call her on (01792) 470298
I Can Project is funded by Children In Need
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