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Small World worked with a group of Cardigan Skatepark users and young people to design a shelter for the site. There were also opportunities for youth workers and community artists to participate and gain hands on experience, working on a construction project with young people who are NEET.
The three exciting stages to the project were:
1. Consultation - October to December 2011
Proposing great ideas at Small World Centre. These included a shelter (that is also a ramp and can be skated on) and a wind-break of trees.
2. Approval and Engineering - January to March 2012
Once we had a final design we got approval from the relevant authorities including a structural engineer.
3. Construction and Training - March to June 2012
The construction phase was a mammoth task but we worked hard with the group creating the structure and including the features identified in the consultation process. The building of the shelter was done by a group of young people who were unemployed and working with a group of peer educators. All participants gained a qualification and benefited from employment counselling and support, that will help them move into employment or further training.
Opportunity for Youth Workers and Community Artists
This project began in October 2011 and after delivering the consultation process, the young people came up with a bench that was ‘skateable’ or ‘bikeable’. Youth workers and community artists were invited to get involved in a hands-on creative training programme, working directly with young people and helping with the building process in May - June 2012.
This project was supported by Wales Council for Voluntary Action through the Engagement Gateway. This training aspect of the project was supported by 'Reach the Heights' Arts Council of Wales and Dyfed Powys Police.