We were approached by a youth worker at MOBI (a partnership project between Carmarthenshire Youth Service and Plant Dewi), to help organise a project which encouraged young people at risk of becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training) to engage in a number of creative workshops to improve their local train stations making them welcoming for all in the community and visitors alike.
The project was organised
through a partnership with MOBI, Arts Care Gofal Celf, Ysgol Gyfun
Pantycelyn, Ysgol Gyfun Tregib with support from 'Friends of Llandovery
Station’ and Arriva Trains Wales and made possible through funding
secured from Engage. The young people were the creators, leaders and
decision makers in all aspects of the project and were supported in this
process by support staff, qualified youth workers and the artist
themselves with fantastic results.
Llandovery Railway Station
Young people from Ysgol Gyfyn Pantycelin had hands on experience working with one of Arts Care Gofal Celfs' professional artists, Veronica Gibson to create a painted mural, fit for the eyes of royalty!
Llandeilo train station
Young people from Ysgol Gyfun Tregib had hands on experience working with another of Arts Care Gofal Celfs professional artists, Teena Gould to create a mosaic mural and plant flowers to brighten the planters on the platform.
Although not viewed by royalty, this project along with the Llandovery project did appear in Carmarthenshire Life magazine, issue 145 demonstrating to all in the county the achievements of all the young people involved in the project.