A Milford Haven based charity ‘Milford Youth Matters’ representatives met with local MP Stephen Crabb MP on Friday 28th January to showcase their work in helping young people in the town.
The charity is a youth project that has been set up in Milford Haven for young people aged between 14 and 25. They are a joint partner with Milford Haven School in the Milford Community Action project which sees them delivering meal packs to families across the community.
During the visit held at Milford Haven Youth Centre, the Preseli Pembrokeshire MP heard about all their work during the Covid-19 pandemic and the activities they focus on to provide free vocational training, social activities and access to sports for youngsters in the town. They are also planning on developing a hub on Charles Street for school uniform and kit for re-circulation.
Dale Gibby, the charity lead, explained the existing partnership they have with Milford Haven Port, to host ‘Under the Bridge’ Activities during the school holidays. They have been extremely popular and provide unique and interesting leisure time options under Hakin Bridge. These activities also involve the Milford Youth Matters Ambassadors who are actively involved in the planning sessions and delivery of these activities.
Stephen Crabb was also able to join an Access to Fitness session as part of an important wellbeing programme the charity is running which offers free gym sessions at Milford Haven Leisure Centre in addition to their Friday night sports.
The MP was particularly interested to hear about the year 11 training week during which free courses and vocational skills are offered to help young people gain practical qualifications and skills that are useful in the work place. These include emergency first aid and food hygiene qualifications.
Following the visit Stephen Crabb MP said,
“ I thoroughly enjoyed meeting with Dale and everyone involved with this really fantastic charity. It was really useful to hear about the different ways that they are engaging with young people in the town and I was incredibly impressed with all the Ambassadors and their involvement in making a difference to the lives of other young people in the community.”
“ There is no question that the pandemic has been particularly tough for young people and that’s why this charity is just so important for the town. I was blown away with the enthusiasm and motivation that Dale and his team have. I can see for myself the difference they are making in tackling some big issues whilst building confidence, positive relationships, skills and training through having fun and building a supportive and engaging community for young people.”
“This is a charity thoroughly deserving of support.”