May 2016 saw the celebration of 17 years of the Youth Work Degree course in Caerleon. Current students were joined by many former students and lecturers for an evening of music, dance and arts performances by young people from across the region.
Current students from each level of the course showcased their youth work practice which was delivered during placements for 2015-16. The Caerleon Boardroom played host to a vibrant collection of displays encompassing the wide variety of settings that Youth Work students aspire to gain careers with. Many external youth organisations were also present promoting the fabulous work they do with young people in South Wales.
A memory lane of photographs and stories about life as a youth work student over the last 17 years was hugely appreciated by young and old alike.
The course is continuing to grow and has exciting developments planned enabling the youth work team to go from strength to strength as the course moves to new facilities in our Newport City Campus from September 2016.
We wish them all as much success in the coming years.
Senior lecturer and experienced Youth & Community Work practitioner, Mick Conroy, commented: "We couldn't let our time at Caerleon end without one final celebration of the fantastic work that USW youth work students do on placements with our partner organisations. It is not always visible to people exactly how much impact our students have across the whole of South Wales. Every Evening, every weekend and every day, the youth work students are learning 'on the job' and helping young people reach their potential. This showcase gives us the opportunity to demonstrate some of that innovative and challenging work".