Summer Activities for young people in Dyffryn Nantlle

Date: 20/07/2018

The summer can be long. But this July and August there will be a wealth of activities for children and young people in Dyffryn Nantlle to enjoy as part of ‘Ha’ Pen Hapus! 2018’.

There will be a chance for them to participate in numerous types of sports, to learn about archaeology, to try their hand at fishing or enrol on a film course, to list only a handful of things on the Ha’ Pen Hapus! activities programme.

Back in March various individuals, groups and organisations came together to discuss how they could provide a comprehensive and wide-ranging programme of activates for young people of the area.

Along with Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Libraries Manager, Councillor Judith Humphreys, Penygroes and Councillor Craig ab Iago, Llanllyfni, who have been very energetic in co-ordinating things, many groups and organisations came together to offer their support to the venture. These partners include: Gwynedd Council Youth Justice Service and Leisure Service, the local Regeneration Officer, Plas Gwilym residential home, Y Bont, Cynefin Group, Antur Nantlle, Dyffryn Nantlle 2020, Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Iwth Pen, Gwynedd Archaeological Trust, North Wales Police and more.

Discussions have so far focused on the summer activities, but the event is part of a broader vision, one which sees young people taking a prominent role in leading the process of discussing and organising things that are important to them.

Nia Gruffydd, Gwynedd Council Libraries Manager, said: “I noticed that young people were coming into the library in Penygroes to ask if there were any events happening in the area. Therefore a group of us decided to do something about this, to take action and to make things happen.

“Ha’ Pen Hapus! is the result of this effort which is an important step forward in providing various activities for children and young people in the area, and for them to lead on this in the long run.”

Judith Humphreys, Councillor for Penygroes said: “The Ha’ Pen Hapus! programme is the result of a  collaborative effort between individuals, groups and organisations. I am confident that the young people of the area will make the most of the numerous activates that are available, which, I hope, offers something for everyone.”

Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council’s Member of Cabinet for Youth added: “It’s great to see so many different activities that are available for children and young people of the area over the summer. It’s a fantastic opportunity for them to develop all kinds of skills, to learn about different things and try many different sports. I hope that they have great fun doing this.”

Registration is required for some of the events beforehand. Events are free unless otherwise stated.

To see the full list of activates go to:

 Photograph: From left to right (Back): Carina Lyn Elias , Youth and Community Worker, Gwynedd Council, Jessica Kavanagh, Active Young People Officer, Gwynedd Council, Hannah Hughes, Sports for Life Officer, Alwen Watkin, Headteacher of Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle, Iola Parry, Family Support Officer, Gareth Jones, Community Housing Officer from Cartrefi Cymunedol Gwynedd, and Councillor Judith Humphreys, Penygroes. Front Row: Ysgol Dyffryn Nantlle Pupils.