18 young people aged 16-25 attended this year Peer Leader Volunteer Training in The University of South Wales Trinity Saint David Carmarthen. The residential funded by Big Lottery and Volunteering Wales, involves a fun and interactive 4 day residential which includes theatre games and team building challenges and where the young people come together to increase their skills and knowledge in: Leadership, Problem Solving, Team Work, Health and Safety, Child Protection, Diversity, Inclusive approaches to workshop leadership, Youth issues, Peer Education, Session planning and Communication skills. After planning, running and evaluating a workshop as a youth team, the young people achieved an Agored qualification and are now qualified Peer Leader Volunteers
As a result the young people have increased confidence and raised self-esteem when working with their peers and in daily life, they have increased aspirations and prospects towards volunteering, employment and the future, they have a stronger role within MUTM theatre company and within their community and have developed networks of support with their peers.
This year the young people fed back that they gained more skills, felt more confident, made new friendships, gained more knowledge and became more independent.
“This is the first time I’ve ever lived independently, suffering with anxiety and depression it was a huge push to show up in the first place to live with a bunch of strangers , for the week and I want to thank you all for being you , even if you don’t know it everyone’s done something which has supported me and I can’t thank you all enough , thank you all for the new relationships and experiences! #MUTMPL2018 ❤ ❤”
PLVT will be running again during the summer of 2019 where a new cohort of young people will be trained and supported to become a good leader and an exemplary role model to their peers.
“Being at Mess Up The Mess with everyone has helped so much! I find it so hard to make friends and talk to people, so I tried giving it my all and it worked. Honestly thank you everyone for making these past four days some of my best this summer, and I hope you all have amazing summers too #MUTMPL2018 ♥️ ♥️ ♥️”