The Tanyard Youth Project was first formed in the late 1990s, launched in 2000 and established as a charity in 2005. Its purpose is to provide a safe, welcoming and supportive environment for the children and young people of Pembroke and its surrounding areas. The project is situated in an area that is high on the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivations. Our core provision is the youth drop in, open five evenings per week throughout the year, which allows young people to make positive and constructive use of their leisure time and to access information, advice and support on a wide range of issues that affect them.
We offer an extensive variety of recreational activities including arts and crafts, sports and games, healthy cooking, music, drama and film making and the chance to achieve a Duke of Edinburgh award. Our members participate in community events and help to organise and run our own activities and open days, developing enterprise skills as part of this. We offer practical advice and help with job applications, IT skills, revision and homework and the opportunity to develop life skills and make meaningful friendships. We have an active membership of approximately 250 young people aged 10 to 18 at present.
During term time, we also run classes to build confidence and improve social interaction for pupils in years 5 and 6 to help with transition to senior school. Alongside this we also support volunteers and provide work experience opportunities for post 16s.