Press Releases 2017

UWTSD to strengthen links with Dr M’z youth project

22.03.2017

The University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) has further strengthened its links with Carmarthen Youth Project Dr M’z.      

Dr M'z

The University’s School of Social Justice and Inclusion has recently established a Service Level Agreement (memorandum of understanding) that encompasses all of the school’s activities with Dr M’z. The agreement will enable UWTSD to help support Dr M’z with regular funding and further strengthen the relationship between the university and Dr M’z.

The BA Youth and Community Work programme is also pleased to announce that it will be sponsoring five Transitionz Awards at the upcoming Dr M’z Youth Volunteer Awards ceremony being held on Friday evening. Staff and students from the School of Social Justice and Inclusion will be attending the event to help celebrate the achievements of young people in the town. 

Sue Ainsworth, Head of the School of Social Justice and Inclusionsaid:  

“The School of Social Justice and Inclusion is proud of the strong links that have developed between our BA Youth and Community Work programme and one of our main placement providers, Dr M’z. 

In support of Dr M’z and the hugely valuable work that it continues to carry out for young people in Carmarthen, the School of Social Justice and Inclusion has recently established a memorandum of understanding that encompasses all of our activities with Dr M’z. The agreement will enable the University to help support Dr M’z with some regular funding and further strengthen the bonds between UWTSD and Dr M’z.

BA Youth and Community Work Programme Director Angharad Lewis said:

“Dr M’z provides placements for many of our students. The placements are essential to the students’ successful completion of the Youth and Community Work degree programme. In addition, Dr M’z staff provide resources for Youth & Community Work lecturers to deliver a range of experimental learning opportunities for all of the Youth & Community Work students in the Youth Centre. 

Unfortunately Dr M’z is currently facing a funding crisis and would need to seriously consider its future if their recent bids for funding from large charities are not successful. We would not want to risk losing the excellent provision that Dr M’z gives to local young people as well as the opportunities they give our BA Youth & Community Work students.”

Recently, young people at Dr M’z have once again been busy volunteering at local community and environmental events.  Some of the activities they’ve been involved with include litter picking, bag-packing, fundraising, organising events, visiting the elderly, cooking for the community and more.

Gayle Harris, Dr Mz youth project Manager added:

“We are delighted to continue to work closely with University of Wales Trinity Saint David. The partnership is a way of strengthening our long term relationship and we are very grateful for their support. 

We are very pleased to be supporting Youth and Community Work students and aim to provide a positive and exciting placement for them with additional experiential learning opportunities at the centre. 

The young people gain so much from the students’ skills and expertise and thoroughly enjoy having different staff to talk to." 

The Dr M’z Volunteering Project "Ieuenctive" Awards Night is being held on Friday 24th March at 6pm. The night is a Disney Themed celebration of young people's volunteering in the community. UWTSD will be sponsoring the Transitionz Project Buddies Awards. 

Further Information

For more information please contact Arwel Lloyd, Principal PR and Communications Officer, on 01267 676663 / arwel.lloyd@uwtsd.ac.uk