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Wales coastal path walk to celebrate Youth Work Week

The coastal path at Llanddwyn Island on Anglesey Photo: Visit Wales

Over a thousand young people have walked Wales' coastal path today to mark the beginning of Youth Work Week.

The walk was split into sections of 5km each which also includes the Offa’s Dyke path. Each of Wales' 22 local authorities had a section of the path to complete.

In Wales nearly three thousand young people benefit from a range of council backed and voluntary youth activities and support services.

The Big Welsh Walk saw young people from across Wales collectively conquer 1,047 miles - the perimeter of Wales.

The group walking from Penarth to Cardiff included the Scouts and children's charity Whizz Kidz.

Robert Murphy from Cardiff Youth Service told ITV Wales the walk was intended to portray youngsters in a positive light and motivate them to achieve their goals.

Youth work in Wales already plays a significant role in the lives of nearly 300,000 young people and helps support them as they make the transition into adulthood.

Youth Work Week highlights the wide range of council-backed and voluntary youth activities that are on offer to encourage our young people to live happy and healthy lives.

By actively engaging young people at the earliest opportunity local youth services support young people to develop their personal, social and employability skills, and to make positive decisions that will affect the rest of their lives.

– Cllr Ali Thomas (Neath Port Talbot), WLGA Spokesperson for Education and Workforce

The event was co-ordinated by Monmouthshire Youth Service in partnership with the other twenty-one local authority Youth Services and in association with the Council for Wales of Voluntary Youth Services and the Welsh Local Government Association.