The Stephens and George Charitable Trust is a registered Charity based in Merthyr Tydfil and the Charity registration number is 1146009. It has a staff team of 3 full time and 6 part time, who are assisted by 105 volunteers. The Trust was established to raise young people’s life chances in the local community and raise literacy standards and engage young people into the Arts. The Charitable Trust is growing from strength to strength what started as a newly registered Charity in 2012 has now developed into a robust project that undertakes the following activities:
Mission Statement -The Stephens and George Trust puts people at the heart of what we do and will support them and retrain them, and develop their own ideas and passions to leave their own legacies within the community. This is what we strive to do on a daily basis. The Charity objectives are to increase social awareness, improve lifestyle, create opportunities, increases community participation, promote excellence within the community and provide opportunities to develop skills.
We know that communities which faces problems, contain people who create solutions.
Baby Book Worm Project;
Newsletter Project A magazine written by young people for young people and distributed throughout Wales;
Reading Support Programme Volunteers read with young people who have specialized requirements in Schools;
Bursary Award Scheme for gifted young people;
Spread the Word Literature Festival run on World Book Day every year with 2500+ children in attendance;
Book Shop and second-hand book donation project;
Chess in School’s Initiative We have a paid tutor who runs Chess in 19 schools in Merthyr Tydfil & the Valleys. The Project has won such high accolades it has been on the Hay Festival schools Programme 2014 & 2015;
Volunteer Programme – two paid volunteer mentors who work with young people aged 16-25years and link them into our project;
Youth Project we run a junior and Senior Youth Club at the Centre as well as Holiday Youth Camps. The Youth projects are educational and also based on the outdoors, gardening foraging and cooking.
Dowlais Community Centre We have recently asset Transferred the Dowlais Community Centre which is a local hub in the community, over 60 classes operate from out of the Centre and 40 partnership agencies such as Sure Start, Communities First, Merthyr Football, Health authority, People Plus, Job Centre, Careers, and the centre are now taking in referrals from the armed forces for volunteering placements with ex forces veterans who have PTSD and other related issues.
Annual Craft Fair with 50 exhibitors
Expertise for youth Work
- Staff are trained Level2/ 3 in Youth Work
- Charity Coordinator sits on the training committee for Wales for Young People
- Trust runs the largest Holiday Camps in Merthyr Tydfil
- Trust Runs an inhouse Youth and community work training programme
- The Dowlais Community Centre is a hub in the local Community for young people who can train in Basic Skills, Play work , Youth Work , Duke of Edinburgh, Millennium Volunteers etc.
- The Trust has an in house Volunteer mentor that supports and retrains young people aged 18-24years.
- The Trust runs an active inclusion programme with the WCVA
- The Trust has a proven track record and runs the Annual Spread the Word Festival which is the largest Children’s Festival on World Book Day in Wales with over 50 young people volunteering aged 16-24 years .
- The Trust runs an array of Young people’s Initiatives such as Chess , karate , Reading support , etc and sees over 1000 young people a week .
The Trust runs the largest event on World Book Day in Wales called the Spread the World Literature and Arts festival, so we are well situated to host and run this project. We will show case all the crafts at the Spread the Word Festival held in Merthyr Tydfil annually and we theme the festival every year and on the completion of the K2 we will call the festival “Europe “and have organisations and authors from across Europe to feature at the event.
We also link in with schools and own a £1.5 million building. We have experience in business and Social enterprise as the charity was set up by one of the biggest printing companies in Wales and we run a Centre that is sustainable so we have a good business ethic.
The Trust also links in with the Hay Festival and are having discussions around the feasibility of showcasing the project at the event.