What we do: and the results we achieve
PLAY WORK – Helping children to succeed
“The right to play is the child’s first claim on life. No community can infringe that right without doing deep and enduring harm to the minds and bodies of its citizens.”
Lloyd George 1928
Play is crucial to the healthy development and growth of children. We are at the leading edge of providing a wide range of quality play activities including: Mother & Baby, Confident Parents, Afterschool play, Summer Play schemes. Play is often the first doorway into the world of Valleys Kids. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and their journey from dependence to independence begins here.
YOUTH WORK – Turning negatives into positives
We offer free, open access, compelling alternatives to young people, many of whom face negative peer pressure to use escape routes of drugs & alcohol and are at risk of abandoning school and limiting their choice in life.
We offer an open door, we do not judge, we have only two rules:
- respect for people
- respect for property.
- Youth Clubs, Homework Clubs, Outward Bound activities, Community Gym, Accredited Training, Residentials, International Exchanges
You cannot work with children in isolation and effect positive change. Children are part of a family and Valleys Kids strives to address the needs of parents, grandparents and the extended family, because often their needs are at the heart of the problems that children face. Through our Future Families initiative we offer Family Support Programmes through each of our Centres: Confident Kids, Confident parents, Parenting Skills, Essential Skills, Mentoring & Women’s Groups.
SPARC – Releasing untapped potential
The Sparc team (formerly known as ArtWorks) explore a multi-disciplinary approach encompassing: Drama, Theatre, Music, Dance & Film to help disaffected young people aged 8 – 25 years tackle issues and events affecting their lives in a meaningful way. The team work across all Valleys Kids areas.
We host national and international professional touring productions making high quality arts accessible and affordable to our local community.
ART in the ATTIC – The Robert Maskrey Gallery
Artist in Residence, Anne Culverhouse Evans curates this unique gallery space in The Factory in Porth, bringing local, national and international talent into the heart of the Valleys. As a talented socially engaged artist, Anne leads Art Groups and participatory workshops to encourage local people to embrace the transformational power of Art. This unique space was created thanks to the support of The Colwinston Trust.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT – a chance to take new directions
“You don’t stop playing because you grow old, you grow old because you stop playing”.
Valleys Kids offer opportunities in each of our Community & Family Hubs for people of all ages to stay young and agile in mind and body.
We offer Coffee Mornings, Community Bingo, Walking Groups, job search support & advice, & Art classes and much more. At the Factory in Porth we are developing a hub for the Creative Industries and innovative community regeneration initiatives.
Over the last 40 years Valleys Kids has initiated a diverse range of projects, engaging and inspiring children, young people and adults to improve their sense of self and their quality of life. We believe that with the right support and encouragement – anything is possible.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES – Building for the future
We change the face of the places people live, restoring their pride and sense of community. Our Community and Family Hubs are based in Penygraig, Rhydyfelin, Penyrenglyn & Dinas. We have a Residential Centre called Little Bryn Gwyn on the Gower. We also have, the Factory in Porth – Gateway to the Valleys. The transformation of the Mount Libanus Estate, where our Penyrenglyn Community & Family Hub is based is just one example of the seemingly impossible made possible.