Pen Llŷn youngsters offered a social sanctuary at Siop Siarad

21/01/2016




Children and teenagers from Pen Llŷn now have a safe area to interact and socialise after school with computers, thanks to a Menter Llŷn project based at the village of Nefyn.

Siop Siarad, located within a re-designed shop that’s now an information centre called Crwydro is situated on Nefyn high street. The youth project was given a cash boost from Menter Llŷn which is looking to upgrade some of Llŷn’s coastal paths between Nefyn and Morfa Nefyn  and re-open a historical sailors path between Abersoch, Llanbedrog and Nefyn.

Plaid Cymru Councillor for the area Gruffydd Williams is one of the people behind the project: “This is all about the young people of Nefyn. Offering them the opportunity to gather in a safe and secure environment after school, interact with each other whilst using IT equipment available at Siop Siarad for them to play or carry out their homework.

“In this day and age, technology has become a part of our daily lives, but the reality is, that some disadvantaged families do not have the means to buy or pay for the services needed to access broadband and wi-fi. Siop Siarad is already proving its worth, with the children popping in after school for a few hours and benefitting from this new community venture.”

Siop Siarad is situated in Crwydro’s information centre offering walkers a central information point for accessing routes and coastal paths at Pen Llŷn. Menter Llŷn’s office is also based at Crwydro.

One of the parents, Mark Jones’ son Steffan, 11 years old, from Ysgol Gynradd Nefyn regularly visits Siop Siarad. Mark said: “The children are really enjoying being given some free time together after school. Living in a rural area, we have to travel to access many leisure activities in towns such as Pwllheli. Having Siop Siarad here in the heart of the village is fabulous for the kids. We are grateful to everyone involved in bringing it together.”

Menter Llŷn Project Manager, Seimon Jones said: “Even in the very first few months since we opened, we already see that there is a need to invest further in more IT equipment for the youngsters. The facilities has outweighed the demand. The project is about offering the youngsters the opportunity of socialising and accessing IT equipment within a local community environment. We are grateful for the financial support to these Menter Llŷn projects from the European funding via the Coastal Path Fund and The Big Lottery.

Further plans are in place to introduce a Jobs Club at Crwydro for local people looking for support and assistance in seeking employment.

For more information about Siop Siarad, Crwydro or Menter Llŷn, visit the shop on the high street at Nefyn in Gwynedd LL53 6HD