Animal magic for youth project

First published in Milford Mercury news

YOUNG people from Milford Haven spent the afternoon at Greenacres animal rescue centre in Talbenny, near Haverfordwest, recently, to learn how shelter love and exercise can benefit abandoned animals.

The volunteers are part of the Get It! project, which helps young people between the ages of 16-25 to develop soft skills and offer accredited learning opportunities that will prepare them for the working world.

Jess Thomas, a participant on the project, suggested helping out at Greenacres.

She said: "Being able to experience and to gain an understanding of what is actually involved in looking after animals would be of great benefit as a number of participants are looking to go onto further education in this area."

The Get It! project is part of the WCVA’s Gateway project which is funded by the European Social Fund, through the Welsh Government.

Activities are designed to be challenging, rewarding, and focus on pre-employment training.

Part of the program is for participants to gain experience and skills in a variety of places. Recently, the group volunteered at the National Park levelling footpaths, clearing and doing a beach clean.

Greenacres work to find animal 'forever homes', and also runs a foster service.

To make a donation, become a foster parent, or to see which animals are looking for a ‘forever home’, visit greenacresrescue.org.uk.

If you would like more information on the Get It! project search Milford Youth Matters on Facebook or contact the centre and speak to Sian Jones (Project Co-Ordinator) or Donna Young (Targeted Outreach Youth Worker).

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