Amdanom ni | About us

Mae'r Fenter yn Ganolfan Blant Integredig (CPI) yn ward Wynnstay, Parc Caia, Wrecsam

 

The Venture is an Integrated Children's Centre (ICC) in the Wynnstay ward of Caia Park, Wrexham. 

At the heart of our charity is an adventure playground that offers free, open-access play provision to the local and wider Wrexham community. All of our playground staff are qualified in Playwork or working towards their P3 (Playwork Principles into Practice) qualification and are multi-disciplined with some “home grown” from the local community. The Playwork Principles underpin all of the work we do at The Venture.

 

In addition to the playground we also have a ‘Dechrau’n Deg | Flying Start’ Early Years Centre and The Venture Alternative Learning (VAL) project. The VAL project targets young people identified as at risk of becoming NEET (Not in Employment, Education or Training) and helps them re-engage with their learning.

The Venture hosts a number of weekly sessions for the community including: The Venture Well Baby Clinic (by Jim our Betsi Cadwaladr Health Visitor); Chatterbox ‘Chwarae a Iaith | Language and Play’ sessions; North Wales Police Community Policing Team Drop-in; Caia Park Community Advice Service; Alzheimer’s Society Cymru Dementia Drop-in; Home Educators meet-up. For young people aged 12 – 20 our Youth Club runs weekly on a Thursday evening.

Annually we have a number of events that are open to the children, young people and wider community of Caia Park including Dydd Santes Dwynwen (the Welsh patron saint of love), Valentine’s Disco, Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Sant (St. David’s Day), Helfa Wyau Pasg | Easter Egg Hunt, Birthday Party (around 31st July to celebrate the first opening of The Venture), Play Day (a multi-national day to celebrate Playwork), End of Summer disco, Halloween, Community Bonfire and (arguably the highlight of the year) the Christmas Float.

Adpoted as a model for children's services in Wales, Scotland and England, The Venture is funded by a mixture of charitable and Welsh Government sources. 

Key challenges

The Venture continues to face a number of key challenges in supporting local children, young people and families, including:

* According to the Welsh Index of Multiple Deprivation (WIMD) (2005) two of The Venture's catchment are wards are ranked as 1st (Queenway) and 3rd (Wynnstay) for educational deprivation in Wales.

* According to the End Child Poverty Campaign (2008), the same two wards are ranked 1st (Queensway) and 2nd (Wynnstay) for child poverty in Wales.

According to international polling research company, CACI, Queensway was ranked as the least affluent ward in the UK (2013). 

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