Students from Crickhowell High School have been very busy in their Welsh Bac lessons, tackling social issues by supporting local charities. This is part of a program provided by educational charity, First Give.  The students learnt about social issues in their communities and choose those which are important to them.  They researched the charities working in their communities and chose one to represent.

The Students then planed and delivered fundraising, awareness raising and volunteer activities in support of their charities.  

The Year 9 students have engaged in direct social action in support of their chosen charities and competed in Crickhowell High School’s Final, which was held on 14th June.

The School were thrilled to welcome Kirsty Williams AM and Minister of Education for Wales, to sit on the judging panel. Kirsty was so impressed with the students’ hard work, that she greed to match their fundraising donations, for all of the charities.

At the School Final, judges and representatives from some of the charities, watched the final presentations from students, about their chosen charities: Teenage Cancer Trust, Barnardo’s, Crisis, Snap Cymru and Mind. The judges found it very difficult to decide on the best presentation, but eventually decided to award the £1,000 grant to the students representing Snap Cymru. The Young People also raised a further £50 which was matched by the Kirsty Williams

Mrs Jackie Parker, the Head Teacher of Crickhowell High has commented, “We are delighted to be involved in the First Give Program again this year. Our students very much enjoy this engaging program. They learn about the importance of taking care of our communities and looking after vulnerable people. I thoroughly enjoyed the Final and I am delighted that Kirsty Williams AM joined us as one of the judges. I am extremely proud of these wonderful young people and hardworking staff, in our School”.

Mrs Goold, Head of Welsh Bac in Crickhowell High quotes, “First Give is a brilliant and engaging program and I recommend all schools in Wales to participate. It links in perfectly with Welsh Bac and the New Curriculum. Our students have really enjoyed engaging with our local charities and have developed so many important, transferable skills, which will help them in the future. We look forward to running the program again next year!”

Ms Denise Inger Chief Executive Director SNAP Cymru quotes, “Approximately 23% of children and young people in Wales have some form of additional learning need or disability.  SNAP Cymru was set up in response to families’ desperately needing support to navigate the maze of assessment and provision for their child’s additional needs. 

Many children are well-supported and making good progress with excellent support from their school teachers.  Others struggle and need the advice and support that SNAP Cymru can offer.

We are very grateful for this generous donation which will help to keep our vital advice and support services running for the families of children and young people with additional learning needs and disabilities.

This donation is hugely appreciated, and it’s particularly special that the young people have also developed so many excellent transferable skills whilst participating in this social enterprise.”   

If you’re inspired to fundraise for us?  Here’s some tips to help you get started:

  • Read our top tips on fundraising in our 50 ways to raise a fiver!   Get to grips with the basics of fundraising, and really make the most of what you have to work with.
  • Don’t do it all by yourself, or think about how you could involve classmates, work colleagues, friends and family. And if you’d like to have a chat with us about what you’ve got planned or you’re after some more inspiration just give us a call.
  • Set up an online Justgiving page. It’s absolutely the easiest possible way for you to get sponsored by friends, family, and colleagues. It only takes 5 minutes to set up a page and then you can add the links to emails, as well as your Facebook and Twitter pages. It’s a straight forward process to make a donation to SNAP Cymru – simply follow the link to our account at
  • Let us help you out! We’ve got lots of collection tins and other fundraising materials for you to use, just give us a call on 0920348990 or 07587187430.

If you have any questions or would just like to have a chat about your fundraising, contact us by emailing or call Amanda on 07587 187430