Teaching and Learning

2009-2012

December 2012
In 2012 Shelter Cymru launched its Christmas e-card competition. We received some fantastic designs; some designed by hand and scanned through to us and others created using digital tools. A pupil from Ysgol Y Waun in Flintshire won the competition and received a framed certificate as well as her design being used as Shelter Cymru’s e-card for 2012 to its partner organisations.

June 2012
Loserville peer mentoring project created by Newport film school and implemented by the Homelessness Network has this month been launched by Huw Lewis AM. Young people who have experienced homelessness will be delivering workshops in schools, colleges and other youth establishments to raise awareness of the reality of homelessness among young people. Organisations across Wales are working together to ensure all young people in Wales have access to this fantastic resource created by Newport film school. Those involved in the delivery of the project include; Barnardos, Ceredigion Care Society, Conwy CBC, Digartref Ynys Mon, Gwalia, Llamau, Shelter Cymru, SYSHP, Us Unlimited and Yellow Wales. Contact the Education Coordinator for more information

Autumn 2011
Congratulations to Core Group Cymru for winning a Welsh Tenants Federation Award! Core Group Cymru are the young researchers we featured in the Winter 2010 update (below). Well done on all your hard work!

Winter  2010
A group of young researchers have been working on a Joseph Rowntree Foundation project to improve young people’s housing options. The Young People’s Welsh Charter for Change on Housing makes a number of recommendations on how to help young people make the journey into living independently. Young people across Wales carried out research into a range of housing issues. This research has contributed to an UK-wide Charter. Click here to read the Charter. If you would like a copy of the Welsh Charter please contact the Education Coordinator.

Spring 2010
Our Education Service isn’t just about raising awareness of leaving home. We also give young people an opportunity to have their voices heard on housing issues. Young volunteers on our various youth projects developed a petition calling for leaving home education to be included in the National Curriculum. The National Assembly Petitions Committee have considered our petition and invited us to give evidence to support our campaign. One of our young Peer Educators shared his own experiences with the Committee and he was applauded for his contribution to the session. The Minister responsible for education has responded to our petition, and says that he believes the current PSE curriculum is adequate. He has invited us to work with his team to include leaving home on the PSE website. We have also recently given evidence to the Culture and Communities Committee on the issue of financial education and how it links into our own education work.

December 2009
The Education Service organised a conference called ‘Leaving Home: what every young person needs to know’ in Cardiff recently.

September 2009
The Education Service is running a volunteering project called Foot in the Door until March 2010. The project involves inviting young homeless people to participate at housing related conferences across Wales.
The young people can choose how they wish to volunteer and will gain new skills and OCN accreditation for taking part. They will also have an opportunity to share their opinions on matters that affect their lives.
Email the Education Coordinator if you know of any young people that might like to take part in this worthwhile project.

Summer 2009
Katie is an Education Worker at Llamau covering the Newport, Torfaen and Caerphilly areas. She delivers sessions at schools on homelessness, Llamau and other homelessness services. During 2008/09 she delivered sessions to all of the Year 10 students at Bettws High School Newport. The students responded so well that they decided to organise a writing competition on the subject of homelessness. There were nearly 100 entries, all of which were very creative and of a really high standard. A winner and two runners up were chosen. The winner received a £10 WHSmith voucher, the runners up a £5 voucher and the winning entry was published in a Llamau news magazine. Well done to Bettws High School for their hard work, enthusiasm and excellent imaginations!

If you have been working on a homelessness project in your school or college or have any stories relevant to this area of work that you’d like to share with others please send us an email and we’ll include it on this page.