From Tips to Technology - young people explore their heritage

Young people in front of a vintage bus

Heritage Grants

Porth, Wales
RCT People First
£24300
A group of young disabled people explored the heritage of South Wales to develop a sense of their identity.

Charity RCT People First represents the interests of people with learning disabilities who live in the Rhondda Cynon Taff area of South Wales.

It aims to empower people with learning disabilities to challenge prejudice and discrimination through training, education and support.

RCT People First worked in partnership with local special schools to offer a programme of activities for young people aged 13-19. 

From Tips to Technology helped young people learn about their heritage by exploring family history and the heritage of the South Wales valleys, including the impact of industry on the area and the role of women during the miners’ strikes.

The programme included heritage site visits, museum-based learning sessions and practical skills workshops. The young people produced a DVD and video diary, and developed and delivered a live performance.

Participants took an active role in planning the project and developed a wide range of transferable skills. They learned a great deal about the history of the local area and became more confident through interpreting and communicating their heritage. For many of the young people, this was their first experience of heritage. 

The RCT People First website documents this further.