World Heritage Youth Ambassadors named National Volunteer Group of the Year

Blaenavon World Heritage Youth Ambassadors have been named the National Volunteer Group of the Year by the Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA).

The honour is one of the top volunteering awards in Wales and recognises the Youth Ambassadors’ contribution to the Blaenavon Industrial Landscape UNESCO World Heritage Site and the UK UNESCO World Heritage Youth Summit last October.

The Youth Ambassadors, made up of young people aged 13 to 25, received the National Volunteer Group of the Year award on 10 June at Cardiff Castle.

The World Heritage Youth Ambassadors are part of a project dedicated to empowering young people to learn about World Heritage and contribute to the management of the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The volunteer programme is a fully-funded Heritage Lottery Fund project run by the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and organised by Torfaen County Borough Council. The Youth Ambassador scheme was nominated for the prestigious award by Blaenavon Town Council.

The World Heritage Youth Ambassadors meet regularly to plan events, train and coordinate volunteering activities. Youth Ambassadors attend about six Blaenavon community events each year and have the opportunity to visit other UNESCO World Heritage Sites on residential trips. Youth Ambassadors earn valuable skills and qualifications and can apply their volunteering hours toward their Duke of Edinburgh assessment. The World Heritage Youth Ambassadors also develop Senior Youth Ambassadors for young people interested in taking on a larger leadership role and representing the group to partner organisations. For more information on the Blaenavon World Heritage Youth Ambassadors, click here