2007 - Now
Valleys Kids has worked to release the potential within communities to help counteract the effects of social deprivation and enable people to grow as individuals and to find solutions to problems in their community. The Project started with very few resources but with vision and energy has developed to a point where there are now 40 full-time staff, 9 part time staff and over a hundred volunteers who deliver community, play, youth and youth arts services. The main Project provides pre-school, out of school play sessions, youth clubs, 16+ groups, drama workshops, youth theatre, children’s creative dance, theatre, music and dance events. There are four Community Centres, ArtWorks Project, Community Access to Technology Project, Community Outreach and Family Project and a Community rugby Project. Local Authority, Assemble Government, Arts Council of Wales, Trusts, Business and Individuals support the work of the organisation.
Valleys Kids won a British Urban Regeneration Association Award in November 2007 and the awarding Panel stated:
“The Panel was particularly impressed by its complexity and the quality of the services it provides. The project is truly inspirational and ambitious. It demonstrates best practice in all aspects of its work. The Project has clearly shown its ability to flourish and work to the highest standards.”
Valleys Kids win BURA Award for Community Inspired Regeneration
Visit by HRH Prince William of Wales to Dinas Project and Soar Centre
Launched Rhondda Lives digital story project
The Vestry of Soar Centre was opened
The Cultural Olmpiad Project was established launching Mzansi Cymru.
ArtWorks received a Beacon Award
Secured Big Lottery 'Life Skills' Tender for working with disadvantaged families
ArtWorks became Arts Council of Wales revenue client
Secured the Pop Factory in Port to ensure Valleys Kids long-term sustainability.