POINT was established in 2001 after the findings of a Community Survey indicated that many residents believed action needed to be taken to help overcome the obstacles they believed were preventing some local young people from fulfilling their true potential.
Fishguard and Goodwick along with the surrounding communities are based in the rural North of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. The young people of the area face many of the problems that all young people encounter along with the added difficulty of remoteness from information, support and training services. The town no longer has a Job Centre or Careers office and job opportunities are limited particularly out of the tourist season.
The principle of the charity has always been to provide a regular service for local young people within their community, particularly for those who are socially, educationally and economically marginalised.
To achieve this, our aims are:
- To provide a drop-in service where young people can access non discriminatory, non judgmental, high quality support and information in a warm, safe and welcoming environment. Where they can enhance their life skills, develop their interests and socialise with their peers and positive role models.
- To empower young people to make decisions and explore options and opportunities. To develop a sense of place for themselves within their community, society and the local environment.
- To deliver accredited and vocational training in an informal setting and at a pace that suits each individual.
- To inspire young people to take on the challenge of adventure activities with the aim of developing interests, enhancing confidence, self esteem and team skills.
- To represent the needs and views of young people within their community and to work in partnership with them to action ideas.