Our Partners & Funding
Young people who volunteer, engage and live in World Heritage Sites, the areas surrounding them are our key partners and stakeholders. They inform everything we do and are at the heart of all decisions we make.
World Heritage: UK
World Heritage: UK is the national body and charity that represents all 31 World Heritage Sites within the UK. World Heritage: UK have been hugely supportive of the program since its inception and are currently looking to allow the program to affiliate to the wider UK though it website and membership. They will also facilitate the Learning and Engagement network.
Sgiliau (Wales only)
Sgiliau engages young people through providing practical skills and experience for the creative industries leading to relevant qualifications. Their courses are specifically designed to suit individual learner needs and they aim to work with young people who are NEET, have special needs, anxiety, mental health issues, lack confidence or have specific learning difficulties. They foster an environment that allows students to develop and improve their self-confidence and self-esteem learners develop the wider skills they require for employment, further education or training. They work with the program through providing traineeships.
Torfaen County Borough Council
Torfaen CBC is the Lead on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and as such a key partner in the Youth Ambassador Programme. Prior to the development of this particular project the Council led on the Youth Ambassador HLF funded programme and has worked and consulted extensively with the community and key organisations within it.
Cadw is the Welsh Government’s historic environment service working for an accessible and well-protected historic environment for Wales. Cadw is a partner as they look after all WHS in Wales and they sit on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site Steering group.
Blaenavon Learning and Engagement Group
The Blaenavon Learning and Engagement group delivers actions relating to learning and engagement part of Blaenavon Management Plan, which includes WHYAMS. This group gives access to other organisations who can provide opportunities for the Youth Ambassadors to participate in; the following organisations are represented through this group:
- Big Pit National Coal Museum
- The Blaenavon Ironworks (Cadw)
- The Blaenavon Community Museum
- Monmouthshire County Council
- Blaenavon’s Heritage Railway
- Blaenavon World Heritage Environment Group
- Blaenavon Townscape Heritage Initiative
- The Hwb Torfaen
- Blaenavon World Heritage Centre
- Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
- Brecon Beacons National Park
- Blaenavon Town Team
- Blaenavon World Heritage Day Committee
- Workmen’s Hall Company
- Royal Commission
Other World Heritage Sites
The program works with a host of World Heritage Sites across the UK particularly through the learning and engagement network and pilot sites.
Our Pilot sites are:
- Pontcysyllte Aqueduct
- Roman Baths
- Giants Causeway
- Hadrian’s Wall
How We Are Funded
National Lottery Heritage Fund
Our main funder is the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to lottery players, we have been able to which has enabled the programme to expand across the UK. Thanks to lottery players, in 2019, the program was granted a round 2 pass, and secured £302,000 for a two year project.
Torfaen County Borough Council
Torfaen CBC is the Lead on the Blaenavon World Heritage Site and as such a key partner in the Youth Ambassador Programme. The Council has provided £6000 in funding for the project.
Blaenavon Town Council
The Blaenavon Town Council represents the local community council for the town. Representing the community, it is financial partner for the project and a key consultee contributing £6,000 to the project.