The First Campus partnership, led by the University of South Wales, works collaboratively with Travelling Ahead, to provide opportunities and aspiration raising activities, for Gypsies and Young Travellers in a University setting. Travelling Ahead was set up in 2010 to support young Gypsies and Travellers to enable them to have a voice and make sure their rights are respected.
First Campus has hosted the Travelling Ahead South East Wales Regional Fora since October 2015. Working with Travelling Ahead Coordinators and the young people to plan events with some of the sessions being run by the young people. The Forums have taken place at the University of South Wales, Treforest and Newport Campuses as well as Coleg Gwent Blaenau-Gwent Learning Zone. The aim of the events is to encourage the young people to continue into post-16 education and to raise their aspirations to go on to Higher Education. It is hoped that by hosting the events within FEIs and HEIs, that some of the young people will feel comfortable enough to attend when they reach the right age.
Activities which have run include University awareness, Animation Taster, Hands-on Science workshop, as well as a Q&A session with AM John Griffiths and Police Commissioner Jeff Cuthbert. Plans for the future include working on additional projects alongside the Regional Travelling Ahead Forum.
“Travelling Ahead highly values working in partnership with First Campus. Through partnership working the young people we support have been given the opportunity to spend time in universities and colleges, raising their awareness on the different opportunities available to them. First campus have supported Travelling Ahead to organise and run regional forums in South Wales where young people have engaged in various campus tours, film making, sport and having discussions with decision makers including Assembly Members and a Police and Crime Commissioner. We are looking forward to our next event and with great thanks to Liz from First Campus who has arranged Techniquest as a venue.“ Travelling Ahead, November 2017