The Duke of Edinburgh visited Trelya on Friday 15 September 2023. Trelya is an award-winning charity based in Penzance.
The Duke met with children, young people and families, from West Cornwall’s most under resourced communities. Here, he learnt about the diverse and innovative services Trelya provide to their communities. We champion them to raise aspirations and enable positive change.
From music sessions with children aged 2 to 4 years, to health and wellbeing sessions with adults, the Duke of Edinburgh gained an in-depth understanding of Trelya’s vital role in West Penwith. We also promoted impact in Cornwall as a whole.
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Skylar, an ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted registered Early Years’ Service. It provides early years education, family work and individualised support to children and families. In the moonlight room, babies to 2-year-olds, were enjoying a messy play session. Meanwhile, in the sunshine room 2 to 4 year olds were joyfully singing songs.
The Duke of Edinburgh then joined a health and wellbeing activity on the Gul (the Cornish word for ‘create,’) Skills Development Project. He met people who have a number of barriers in their lives.
In Trelya’s new Arts and Youth Café he met a group of young people who have engaged with Gallos – Trelya’s award-winning youth work programme. They have formed a music group and written and produced a song, “love will find a way”.
Over the past couple of years we have been working with the Gul team to produce a video of the project.
In this video we talk to Carol Julian, Gul Skills Development Manager and Julie Simpson, Gul Deputy Manager and Family Worker, to find out more about the programme and the activities involved as well as Danielle and Elliot, two Gul Participants who live locally.