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Taith Champions 2023

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Taith is pleased to announce that we have appointed new Taith Champions 2023.

Following an independent and external assessment process, the successful organisations are:

  • Diverse Cymru – Adult Education
  • WCIA – Youth

The Taith Champions role is designed as a new iteration to the Sector Organising Bodies pilot initiative, which is now coming to an end. The call for Taith Champions invited organisations from eligible sectors with Wales-wide reaching networks and demonstrable experience in engaging with and supporting organisations within their sectors to apply.

Susana Galván, Executive Director of Taith said: “We are very much looking forward to working with WCIA and Diverse Cymru who, in their role as Taith Champions, will complement the work of the Taith Programme Executive, focusing specifically on engaging those organisations with little or no experience and with less resource available, and those working with the most disadvantaged, those from underrepresented groups and those with disabilities and/or Additional Learning Needs.

“We would also like to take this opportunity to express our heartfelt thanks to the Taith Sector Organising Body organisations: CWVYS, WCIA, BGCW, ILG, L&WI and AOC|ALW, for their support and input which has proved invaluable since the inception of the programme.”

Susie Ventris-Field, WCIA Chief Executive, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to continue working with CWVYS and the Taith team to ensure as many young people as possible, from across all backgrounds, have the opportunity for life-changing international exchange between Wales and the world. We believe these opportunities provide a unique personal development opportunity for young people, and create intercultural links, lifelong connections and solidarity between people across the world, ultimately contributing to peace. We’re committed to working with youth sector organisations to enable them to develop and deliver Taith applications that are tailored to the young people they work with, and to help them to build both the systems and confidence to successfully coordinate international mobilities.”

Chris Dunn, Chief Executive at Diverse Cymru said: “Diverse Cymru is delighted to have been chosen to become the Taith Champion for Adult Education. Diverse Cymru’s mission is to help create a nation without prejudice or discrimination, where every person is equal, and diversity is celebrated. This aligns with Taith’s mission to provide opportunities to those who are disabled, disadvantaged, living with additional learning needs and/or from under-represented groups, to experience the benefits of international exchange programmes.

“Over the coming months, we will be delivering outreach sessions to organisations to promote the Taith programme, we will be on hand to support you with your idea development, application writing, as well as providing advice and guidance on the logistical requirements of implementing and managing an international exchange programme.”

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