In February 2015, Neath Port Talbot Children's Rights Unit (CRU) appointed their first 'Young Trustee'; Harri Evans-Mason. Upon Harri's appointment, he asked if there was any training that Board Members had to undertake, this is when the 'Young Trustees Cymru' Project was born.
The CRU conducted a successful pilot trustee training scheme with great success. The pilot was used as evidence of need in the CRU application to the Wales Council for Voluntary Action for funds to run a year long project. CRU had a successful application.
The project received a further 9 months funding, in addition to the first year of funding from WCVA. In the 21 month period that the project ran, 80 young people were successful in attaining their Level One 'Preparing to be a Board Member' qualification.
Even though our funding has ended, we have realised that there is a need for more young people to be trained in good governance, decision making and general board member and committee member duties.
Get on Board Cymru is now devoted to developing training for young people and organisations, delivering training and sharing best practice across Wales.
We are working with organisations across the third sector to develop what they need and programes and support mechanisms that young people will benefit from.
Engaging young people now will help us build a sustainable third sector.