THE INDUSTRIAL DEPRESSION OPENS AVENUES OF SERYICE.
The post war period was a time when signs of fresh vigour and a stirring of new life was discernible. The frequent visits of the Council staff to meet local Committees to plan programmes, had acted like a tonic or an injection of inspiration; a renaissance was sensed in YMCA cultural activities for boys and seniors but those visits were also invaluable in that they produced a reforging of links which had been severed by the exigencies of a war service, between Association Committees and the National Council. Thus an essential partnership was re-instated. It was during this period that new avenues of Association service were wide open.
YMCA lectures for Cardiff Prison.
A request for YMCA lecturers came from the Governor of H.M. Prison, Cardiff in 1922. The response was two lectures per week for a short period. Progress was remarkable. Classes were soon arranged every night of the week and a popular programme on Sunday night in the Prison Chapel. This work continued for fifteen years. Further reference is included in a section on education activities. Similar lecture facilities were also successfully arranged at H.M. Prison, Swansea.
In 1925 the Welsh National Secretary received an invitation to be the Educational Adviser on the men's side, to the Governor of H.M. Prison, Cardiff, and Professor Barbara Foxley of the University College, Cardiff, on the women's side.
The limited staff of the Welsh Council found it difficult to cope with an extended programme of activities in various parts of Wales. It was, therefore, a cordial welcome which Mr. W. J. Morgan, the Boys' Work Secretary for Lancashire, received after being seconded to superintend similar work in Wales. W. J. (Bill) Morgan was a friendly person, and an expert in his calling. He was soon visiting Association and Institute Committees. The 1920s were not a period for opening new Centres, neither was money available to erect new buildings. Boys' Groups were formed at the
YMCAs of Brecon, and Swansea, and
Chepstow, Merthyr, Mountain Ash, Pontypridd, Port Talbot the Institute of Duffryn Rhondda.
W. J. Morgan was boys. In several
responsible for promoting a scheme to help delinquent districts, including Cardiff, young business men and
others played the part of ‘elder brother’ to boys placed on probation by Magistrates. The work was well done and later led to a close co-operation between Probation Officers and YMCA Workers.
W. J. Morgan relinquished his work as the Acting Boys' Work Secretary in Wales in 1928 in order to take up an appointment as assistant to Mr. Charles Heald, the Boys' Work Secretary of the National Council of YMCAs.
Welsh National YMCA Correspondence Course.
About this time, the Education Committee of the Welsh Council sponsored a correspondence course in cultural subjects. Each course consisted of ten lessons. It was intended for young Association members and over a hundred members participated. These courses were conducted by prominent YMCA lecturers. The Rev. David Richards, Swansea, conducted the course on the "Foundations of Character", and by arrangement with the B.B.C., gave several talks from the newly established Cardiff Station 5 WA in Castle Street. Each broadcast was related to corresponding notes which had